John Berg - President
John has been in banking his entire adult professional life. He retired as a Group Vice President and as a member of the Executive management team of Wells Fargo Bank. He was responsible for 600 banks in 12 states. He has been involved in a number of non-profits as chairman, including Common Bond (affordable housing) and Park Nicollet health Systems (Methodist Hospital and clinics) as well as chairing the Park Nicollet Foundation. John and his family have been on the south shore of Lac Courte Oreilles since 1994.
Rob Gales - Vice-President
Rob is currently a Managing Director with VERCOR, a national middle market investment bank boutique that offers advisory services to business owners in the sale of their business. Rob also continues as a partner in a strategic consulting firm, Deep Waters Group, LLC in Minneapolis. Most recently, Rob was the Chairman and CEO of Genesis Employee Benefits, a third-party administrator of employee benefits.
Prior to this, Rob held senior leadership positions in the investment banking firms of First Albany Capital, Dain Rauscher, and Wessels, Arnold & Henderson.
Rob has served on a number of non-profit boards, including as board chair of Interfaith Outreach & Community Partners in Wayzata, an organization helping families in crisis, as well as board chair of In Love Word & Deed, a homeless street ministry in Minneapolis.
Rob and his family have been on the north shore of Lac Courte Oreilles since 1991.
Jim Coors - Secretary
Jim retired from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2007 where he was a professor of agronomy for over 24 years. He was a corn breeder/geneticist and specialized in the genetic improvement of nutritional quality. He is married to Ann Pollock whose family has owned property on the east shore of Lac Courte Oreilles for four generations. Ann and Jim have worked with the Couderay Water Regional Land Trust to create a 260 acre conservation easement for their property. They are both active cross-county skiers and bicyclists, and they support silent sports throughout Wisconsin.
Richard R. Land - Treasurer
Richard is a retired Territory Senior Partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers with 35 years experience from 1972 -2007 in the USA and overseas in PwC offices in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; the Caribbean; Middle East; Central Africa; and Central Asia. Richard has both a BBA degree and an MBA degree in Accounting from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. He is a member of the American, Wisconsin, Florida and Texas Institutes of Certified Public Accountants, and is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors.
Since 1961, Richard has had three different vacation homes on Lac Courte Oreilles, all of which were located on the Victory Heights peninsula, which has shoreline on both the main part of the lake and Musky Bay. Richard is currently a Director of the Victory Heights Association where he has also served as Secretary and Treasurer, and he is a member of the Courte Oreilles Lakes Association (COLA).
Gary Pulford - Water Quality Chair
Gary and his wife Linda have resided in rural Somerset Wisconsin since 1975 where they raised their two children. They purchased property on Victory Heights of Lac Courte Oreilles in 2003 and have enjoyed weekends at the lake gardening and preserving and restoring a 1930’s log cabin on the property. Gary has been employed by the State of Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) since 1970. The MPCA is the primary environmental protection agency for the State.
During his career, Gary has managed numerous water quality and remediation programs at the MPCA and served as a special advisor to the United States Environmental Protection in Washington D.C. during the Reagan and Clinton administrations.
Art and his wife have lived on LCO for over 20 years. During that time Art has been a professional fishing guide, delegate to the Wisconsin Conservation Congress, and a radio show host with another guide discussing fishing, hunting and trapping issues.
Art has witnessed the degradation of the quality of fishing for some species on the lake, Muskie and Walleye, and the explosion in numbers of a negative specie, large mouth bass (they feed on young walleye). The adverse effect of phosphorus on the flora is evident, as well as the import of an invasive plant specie, Curly Leaf Pond Weed, and its successful treatment by COLA.
Maintaining the quality of our waters for future generations is of the utmost importance not only to non native Americans, but also Native Americans. What we do now, and how we approach insuring that our lakes water quality will not suffer further, is of the utmost importance. Just a short 60 years ago, Musky Bay was 90 percent wild rice. It had been that way for thousands of years. Today there is not one surviving plant. Negative change needs to be abated.
Bill is a 3rd generation Kansas Citian and resides in Fairway, Kansas with his wife Julie. They have four children, three in the Kansas City area, one in Denver, Colorado, and six grandchildren.
Bill has been a homeowner and member of the Wismo Club on Lac Courte d’Oreilles since 1973 and is a Past President of that club.
Bill has been self employed in the industrial real estate investment and development business for 58 years, and is now partially retired. He is a Past President of the Kansas City Regional Assn of Realtors and Midwest Regional Vice President of the Society of Office and Industrial Realtors.
Bill served as Board Member of Ameribanc, Inc., a Missouri bank holding company, and as Chairman of its American Bank of Platte County, Missouri. He was a founder and Board Member of Western National Bank in Lenexa, Kansas.
Bill is a founding member of Church of the Apostles (Anglican), and currently serves as its Treasurer and Senior Warden. He is an Associate Staff member of The Navigators Christian ministry headquartered in Colorado Springs, a teaching ministry, and is also an Honorary Board Member of St. Luke’s Hospital – Kansas City.
Bill is Founder and Chairman of Miles of Smiles, Inc., a Northland Kansas City charity whose purpose is to furnish free dental care for poor children in Clay and Platte Counties in Missouri Through its eleven years of existence this ministry has provided care to over 30,000 primary school children in its service area.
Bill serves as Chairman of The Real Estate Charitable Foundation of Kansas City, MO., an affiliate of the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation, whose purpose is to receive charitable gifts of real property and channel their sale proceeds to charitable pursuits. The Foundation operates nationally and has received in excess of $100,000,000 in donations to date.
Dave spent his entire 35 year career in the financial services industry, mainly with national brokerage firms and large commercial banking organizations. He retired in July, 2013 after finishing the last 28 years of his career with Wells Fargo Bank, serving as an executive vice president and regional managing director within its Wealth Management Group.
Dave is currently President of the Victory Heights Association and is a member of the Courte Oreilles Lakes Association (COLA). He is also actively involved in running the summer Mass activities at the well-known and historic Our Lady of the Lake Chapel located on the Victory Heights peninsula.
Dave and Kathy have three adult children and one grandchild. Now retired, Dave and Kathy reside in Naples, Florida. They have been homeowners on Victory Heights since 1993 and return to Lac Courte Oreilles to spend every summer and fall enjoying all the natural beauty of one of Northern Wisconsin's most remarkable outdoor environments.
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