Updated: May 14, 2021 10:36 PM
Created: May 14, 2021 12:30 PM
After a national search, the DECC has chosen a new executive director. And he's a familiar face, with plenty of leadership under his belt.
Dan Hartman is taking over the lead role on June 14th.
He said in a statement, “It is an honor to serve in this role and my hope is to build on the good work of the past leadership and staff. In the immediate future, I will support the DECC’s great health and safety record so guests feel welcome and confident as we return to more events. I also want to showcase and further leverage the DECC’s proximity to the greatest lake there is -- Lake Superior,” says Hartman. “We are this great combo of a versatile indoor facility located in an outstanding outdoor city.”
Hartman is currently the director at Glensheen, and has been there for eight years.
Remarkably, as a UMD senior in 2006, Hartman led the student campaign to build the DECC’s AMSOIL Arena. Hartman also served on Duluth’s city council from 2010 to 2014.
“We had a very impressive applicant pool, which I believe demonstrates the interest in both the DECC and Duluth,” said board member and search committee chair Don Ness. “Dan’s successful track record and leadership at Glensheen, his passion for Duluth, and his creativity combined to confidently bring him forward as our finalist.”
“As we emerge from the pandemic and see brighter days ahead, we are very excited about what Dan, his leadership, and his vision will bring to the DECC team,” said board chair Pat Mullen. “The board is ready to support Dan as he takes on this new role and is confident that he will bring new energy and innovative ideas for a successful future. As a Board we also want to thank Roger Reinert for his leadership this past year as our interim executive director. Roger brought trusted veteran experience and trusted executive experience in navigating a time of change and uncertainty during the pandemic. We are grateful for his leadership.”
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