Emmer to join Dayton on trade trip

DFL Gov. Mark Dayton has invited a one-time political rival to join him on a trade mission to Mexico next week.

Minnesota Republican U.S. House Rep. Tom Emmer, who ran for governor against Dayton in 2010, is among the 36-member delegation announced today.

Emmer is now in his first term in the House representing the 6th District.

Other delegates represent agriculture, business, education and state government. They will travel to Mexico City and Guadalajara, beginning Aug. 9.

“As Minnesota’s second-largest export market, Mexico is a very important trading partner for businesses and farmers throughout our state,” Dayton said in a news release. “The goal of this trade mission will be to establish and build relationships that will help Minnesota companies and producers increase their exports to Mexico, and in doing so, create more jobs here at home.”

Here is the list of the Mexico trade mission participants:

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Cristine Almeida, President and CEO, Almeida Public Affairs, St. Paul

Brandon Anderson, President, Von Ruden Manufacturing, Inc., Buffalo

Greg Benson, Owner and CEO, Loll Designs, Inc., Duluth

Laura Bishop, Vice President, Best Buy Co., Inc., Minneapolis

Rick Brimacomb, Founder, Brimacomb & Associates, Minneapolis

Susan Burns, President, Susan Burns, LLC, Minneapolis

Maria Antonio Calvo, Chair, Cine Global, Film Society of Minneapolis and St. Paul

Eric Canny, Dean, Global Education, Augsburg College, Minneapolis

Sergio Castillo, President and CEO, ECO BCG Corporation, Woodbury

Tom Emmer, U.S. Representative, U.S. House of Representatives

Matthew Field, President and CEO, Goebel Fixture Company, Hutchinson

George Goblish, President, Minnesota Soybean Growers Association, Mankato

Kevin C. Hanson, CEO and President, International Creative Capital, LLC, Wayzata

Nate Heydt, Vice President, Loll Designs, Inc., Duluth

Pat Kelly, Attorney, Fredrikson & Byron, P.A., Minneapolis

Michael Langley, CEO, GREATER MSP, St. Paul

Amy Lindgren, President, Prototype Career Service, St. Paul

Meredith McQuaid, Associate Vice President and Dean of International Programs, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis

Lance Mueffelman, CFO, Goebel Fixture Company, Hutchinson

Tom Newton, Vice President, KNOCK, inc., Minneapolis

Anna Kate Nolan, Resident Advisor, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul

Michael Nolan, Director, Small Business Development Center, Minnesota State University, Mankato

Earl Potter, President, St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud

Luis G. Resendiz, Attorney, Fredrikson & Byron, P.A., Minneapolis

Dan Root, Director, Minnesota Corn Growers Association, Shakopee

Steven Rosenstone, Chancellor, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, St. Paul

Dr. Judith Schaefer, President, Cotter Schools, Winona

Nick Scott, Transfer Pricing Director, Grant Thornton, Minneapolis

Lori Stevermer, MN Pork Producers Association, Mankato

Glenn Thuringer, President, Bioverse, Inc., Worthington

Eduardo Hurtado, Marketing Manager, Boston Scientific Corporation Mexico

Luis Vinagre, Marketing Manager, Infusion Therapies Latin America, Smiths Medical

Suzanne Vold, Secretary, Minnesota Division, and dairy farm owner-operator, Midwest Dairy Association, Glenwood

Todd Vollmers, Attorney, Thompson Hall Santi Cerny & Katkov, Minneapolis

Mike Zins, President, Board of Directors, Minnesota Soybean Processors, Brewster

Alberto Fierro, Consul of Mexico in St. Paul, Consulate of Mexico

Also participating:

Dave Frederickson, Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Agriculture, St. Paul

Sarah Hinde, Director of External Relations, Office of the Governor, St. Paul

Jennie Maes, Aide to the Governor, Office of the Governor, St. Paul

Barbara Mattson, International Trade Representative, Minnesota Trade Office, St. Paul

Kathleen Motzenbecker, Executive Director, Minnesota Trade Office, St. Paul

Thomas Norman, Director, Workforce Development Division, DEED, St. Paul

Tim Odegard, International Trade Representative, Minnesota Trade Office, St. Paul

Jeffrey Phillips, International Trade Manager, Minnesota Department of Agriculture, St. Paul