The Free Press, Mankato, MN


February 20, 2014

Trudie Gustafson appointed new VP of GMG

MANKATO – Trudie Gustafson will become the new vice president of Greater Mankato Growth.

Gustafson will retire from Taylor Corp. after 37 years and begin her work with GMG March 31.

Gustafson has been with Taylor Corp. since 1977, serving as a vice president for the corporation beginning in 1999, and as general manager for three different business divisions since 2004 with her most recent role as general manager of Carlson Craft.

Gustafson served on the Greater Mankato Economic Development Corp. board of directors prior to the merger of GMEDC with the Mankato Area Chamber of Commerce in 2007 to form GMG. She remained on the GMG board until 2011.

“We’ve been very deliberate about creating culture and expectations within GMG Inc. that enable us to attract and retain some of the most skilled and committed professionals, allowing us to serve as well as exceed the expectations of our members and businesses and add value to the Greater Mankato regional marketplace,” said a statement from Jonathan Zierdt, president & CEO.

Gustafson will be responsible for the daily operations of the organization, its integration, efficiencies and impact across all three business units – GMG, Visit Mankato and City Center Partnership – in a role serving as chief operating officer.

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