Board of Directors

Dave Thomas
Dave joined SJE as President in December of 2011 and stepped into the CEO role in December of 2012.  His previous experience includes US and Europe-based executive, general management and marketing roles with a number of global enterprises in public, private and private equity-backed environments.  He holds a BS degree in Astrophysics from the University of Minnesota, an MBA in Marketing from the University of St. Thomas, and a MS in Finance from Fairfield University in Fairfield, CT.
Lenny Newman
Lenny has over 30 years of experience in finance, currently serving as the Chief Financial Officer of East View Information Services, a leading provider of native and translated foreign language information products and services. He began his career in 1982 as an accountant with Arthur Andersen & Company. From 1989 through 1996, Lenny served in several accounting and finance management positions at PepsiCo, Inc. Lenny then joined Border Foods, Inc. as their Chief Financial Officer to oversee finances for the large multi-restaurant franchisee of Kentucky Fried Chicken, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell. From 2004 to 2010, he served as Chief Executive Officer of Camillet Foods, a franchisee of three casual restaurants.Lenny is a board advisor for multiple companies, including Kona Grill, a publicly traded restaurant company operating 27 restaurants in 17 states, where he serves as the Audit Committee Chairman and a member of the Compensation Committee.  Lenny joined the SJE Board of Directors in 2014.
Jennifer Mrozek
Jennifer is the EVP of Business Development and Operations at Marco, a technology services company with over 1,100 employees and 50 locations throughout the Midwest. After graduating from St. Cloud State University with a BS in Accounting, Jennifer worked as an auditor at a regional accounting firm and then joined Marco in 1998. She quickly worked her way to become Marco’s CFO in 2003 and EVP in 2017. Jennifer has led the company through 37 acquisitions since 2005.
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Arlen served for two years as MMCDC’s business loan officer prior to assuming the role of president in 1988. Under his leadership, the company’s asset base has grown from $2 million to over $129 million, not including investments in tax credit partnerships, which add an additional $290 million to that total. During the same period, the company’s revenues increased from less than $500,000 per year to more than $12 million. MMCDC is a diversified non-profit company that owns and operates several subsidiary companies including a bank. Products and services include commercial lending, subdivision development, housing construction, mortgage lending and equity investments.  Arlen received his Bachelor’s degree from Bemidji State University and his Master’s and Ph.D. in Economics from Washington State University. Arlen previously served on the SJE Rhombus Board of Directors from 1998 – 2003.

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Corey is the Vice President of Corporate Development & International at The Crosby Group, a global industrial manufacturer based in Dallas, Texas. His previous experience includes Capital Safety based in Red Wing, MN, where he led the Latin America business including an expat assignment in Mexico and Brazil. Corey graduated from the University of Minnesota – Duluth with a degree in Marketing & Finance.

Laurie Lewandowski
Laurie held several leadership positions during her 31-year career at SJE, including Chief Executive officer for 14 years prior to retiring in 2012.  As CEO, she was responsible for determining company strategy and vision, aligning the company internally and externally with the strategic vision and guiding the success of the company.