We use communications to help our clients solve their business challenges and get the reputation they deserve.

Well-understood organizations have the best opportunity for success. Tunheim leverages communications to help clients navigate the complex situations. We take on our clients’ challenges as our own and customize communications efforts to deliver results.

Tunheim was founded because talented people wanted to do interesting work. Since 1990, we’ve operated by the fundamental beliefs that well-informed people make good decisions and that effective communication is a critical component of successful business strategy.

We’re a certified woman-owned business and a member of IPREX, the second-largest independent global agency network.

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OUR CORE CAPABILITIES

Management Consulting

Businesses face new, dynamic challenges every day; many of those challenges are catalysts for change management. Tunheim helps its clients navigate change and communicate effectively to bring stakeholders along.

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Brand Positioning

Tunheim believes solid brand positioning is the fundamental starting point for any organization undergoing change or looking to capitalize on a new opportunity.

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Public Relations

Strategic communications is core to our consultancy’s success. It’s what differentiates Tunheim from other business consultancies.

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Research + Measurement

Research is the foundation for developing a targeted, persuasive campaign and setting benchmarks for achieving measurable results. The best research tells you what you need to hear, not what you want to hear.

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Public Affairs

As a leading consultancy specializing in public affairs, Tunheim understands the complex intersection of public policy, stakeholders, media and decision-makers.

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Digital + Content

Tunheim understands the dynamics of digital tools, has an experienced bench of talent and knows how to create a digital strategy, develop the content and deliver in the best format to connect you with the right audience and on the right platform.

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Our Approach to Talent

Tunheim tackles our clients’ challenges with a collective approach – a belief that no one individual is as good as the company’s “collective best.” A philosophy since our inception, this means we are committed to building the right team of talent to serve client needs.

We have a robust number of strategic partnerships with talented professionals who join our teams, but choose to operate as independent contractors – we call them Strategic Partners.

We are also a member of IPREX, the second-largest independent global agency network, giving us access to talent and insights from all around the world.

Meet the Rethinkers.

Tunheim believes clients should always have access to the best counsel, strategy and talent. We’re a collection of thinkers and strategists and what-if-ers. We’re a proven team of business professionals, some of the best and the brightest. We’re writers and designers, marketers and business professionals. We’re researchers, media relations gurus, and digital and social evangelizers. We analyze-scrutinize-theorize.

But most of all we are Rethinkers. With an insatiable energy for learning and problem solving.

Kathy Tunheim

Kathy Tunheim

CEO & Principal

Kathy Tunheim co-founded the firm in 1990 with four colleagues from Honeywell, Inc., and has served as chief executive officer throughout the firm’s evolution to Tunheim. She maintains an active role in many of the agency’s client relationships, and is a well-known crisis communications counselor to senior executives. She is past president of IPREX, one of the world’s largest networks of independent communications firms, which Tunheim joined in 2007.

Prior to co-founding the agency, Kathy gained experiences in both the corporate world and the political arena that profoundly shaped her approach to creating value as an agency counselor. She served as vice president for public relations and internal communications at Honeywell. Earlier in her career, she handled media relations and speechwriting for Wendell R. Anderson — for both his time as governor of the State of Minnesota and during his tenure in the U.S. Senate. Collectively these experiences cause her to be particularly intrigued by the challenges of helping clients navigate the intersections of business, public policy and the media.

In 2011, she accepted a part-time appointment as senior advisor to Minnesota’s governor, serving two years focused on igniting job creation across the state. She serves on the board of directors for Landscape Structures, Inc., the world’s largest supplier of commercial playground equipment; Hennepin Healthcare (HCMC) and The McKnight Foundation, as well as The Saint Paul & Minnesota Community Foundations.

Lindsay Treichel

Lindsay Treichel

Chief Transformation Officer

At Tunheim, Lindsay excels at leading clients through transformational change. Whether it’s guiding her clients through a crisis, developing a marketplace positioning or developing new strategies to help clients maximize engagement with key stakeholders, Lindsay is a strategic partner to her clients every step of the way.

In addition to her role at Tunheim, Lindsay serves as a member of the marketing and communications committee for Cornerstone, an organization that provides comprehensive services and support for victims of interpersonal violence. Lindsay also is part of The Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal’s Women to Know Council and is a member of the Bloomington Chamber of Commerce board of directors. A Wisconsin native and lover of country music, Lindsay has a not-so-secret desire to be a country music singer.

Patrick Milan

Patrick Milan

Chief Insights Officer

Patrick Milan is tasked with transforming Tunheim’s services to meet the needs of clients navigating complex change. He is one of the leaders of Tunheim’s management consulting practice. Pat works across Tunheim’s broad portfolio of clients and their industry sectors developing key insights based on trends and disruptive factors that are likely to impact organizational success.

Prior to Tunheim, Pat served as a managing Partner at Fallon Worldwide. At Fallon, he helped develop and direct the retail marketing practice where teams developed breakthrough work for clients including Starbucks, BMW, United Airlines and Nordstrom.

Pat serves on the board of directors for Artistry, a 501(c)3 nonprofit that serves a regional audience of 80,000 people that pursues artistic excellence by engaging the region’s most talented audiences in in work that welcomes and develops audiences and opens hearts and minds. Pat is also a member of the board of Southdale YMCA, Minnesota’s largest YMCA organization.

Brian Ortale

Brian Ortale

Chief Financial Officer

Brian brings over 25 years of business experience to the Tunheim team. He created, owned, and grew his own business when he was just 21 years old and has since spent his time leading financial teams in the retail, technology and creative industries.

During his time leading business operations at Creatis, Inc., Brian handled all aspects of financial management including the budgeting, revenue and expense forecasting, accounts payable, and accounts receivable. He developed and provided timely operational and financial analysis including interpretation of results and recommendations. Brian is also experienced in strategic business perspectives and actively offered input to leaders in the industry. His work contributed to reducing health care costs by 30 percent in 2014.

Brian’s diverse background reflects his ability to understand the financial strategies that are vital to business success in a variety of sectors. He is passionate about numbers as well as leadership and has played key roles in rethinking both the budgets and strategies of large operations.

Liz Sheets

Liz Sheets

Chief Marketing Officer

As Chief Marketing Officer, Liz is responsible for Tunheim’s external positioning. With a breadth of experience working with numerous consumer, B2B and nonprofit organizations, Liz combines communications, marketing and digital expertise to strategically position the firm. Liz is adept at quickly understanding client needs, and identifying and aligning with strategy to deliver for clients. She also oversees the digital team, ensuring exceptional work and competency.

Prior to joining Tunheim in 2012, Liz led social media strategy at Spyder Trap and spent a number of years in event marketing at Best Buy, where she focused on product launches, sponsorship activation and localizing brand marketing efforts. Liz started her career in entertainment publicity.

Darin Broton

Darin Broton

Senior Consultant

A veteran of public affairs and political campaigns, Darin Broton leads Tunheim’s public affairs practice and specializes in issues management, strategic alliances, advocacy campaigns and strategic communications.

Darin’s work for Tunheim clients has included developing and implementing national and local media strategies, managing advocacy campaigns and conducting public opinion research.

Coming from the world of campaigns and politics, he has a unique understanding of how targeted and provocative communications can influence public policy. Some of his current and past clients include Nestlé Waters North America, the National Center for Victims of Crime, T. Boone Pickens, the Minnesota Hospital Association and Anheuser Busch.

Prior to joining Tunheim, Darin held several positions with elected officials, political campaigns and branches of government, including U.S. Congressman Bill Luther, the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office and the Minnesota Senate.

Lou Ann Olson

Lou Ann Olson

Director of Media

Leveraging her experience in working with big brands and signature events, Lou Ann leads Tunheim strategy for telling client stories in ways that secure meaningful results.  From the PGA’s Ryder Cup to MLB’s All-Star Week and Minneapolis’ Holidazzle, Lou Ann partners with Tunheim clients to not only spread the word but also move minds.

Capitalizing on Tunheim’s ‘collective best’ approach to client service, Lou Ann builds teams and then leads their approach to help big brands tackle communications challenges – from opening new stores for Caribou Coffee to introducing the latest Sleep Number bed at the Consumer Electronics Show.  Understanding that effectively communicating with stakeholders should not be formulaic, Lou Ann works with clients to rethink each challenge and then identify their customized path to stellar results.

Sheila Green

Sheila Green

Senior Consultant

Sheila comes to Tunheim from Boston where she was vice president at a communications firm.  She has a wealth of experience in healthcare, higher education, hospitality, crisis, real estate and corporate comms.  In addition to her sector experience, Sheila’s skills span media relations, public affairs, events, marketing, internal and external comms and so much more.

Owen Truesdell

Owen Truesdell

Senior Consultant

Bringing well-crafted strategy to life is Owen’s passion at Tunheim. Before joining Tunheim, he cut his teeth on campaign politics, working for candidates in Wisconsin, Massachusetts and Minnesota.

Owen is deeply involved in the firm’s public affairs practice, helping clients understand their true challenges and solve them through creative and strategic ways. He has worked on behalf of the Ho-Chunk Nation, Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, the MinneMinds Coalition, College Possible and the National Center for Victims of Crime, among many others. Owen helps clients build persuasive messaging and understand the complex relationship between public policy, public opinion, community engagement and the media.

Paula Wright

Paula Wright

Director of Best Practices

Paula leverages her corporate and agency experience to provide insightful consultation and strategy for clients managing change and transformation. She has worked with a wide variety of sports and corporate clients from the PGA (Ryder Cup 2016) to Target, the USGA, Cargill and Sleep Number, providing communications and events marketing strategy to maximize brand opportunities.

In addition to her client work, Paula leads best practices at Tunheim, focusing on superior client service that drives results. Paula currently serves on the board of the American Marketing Association (AMA Minnesota) and previously served on the board of the International Live Event Association.

Sandi Scott

Sandi Scott

Senior Consultant

At Tunheim, Sandi helps clients obtain the reputation they deserve.  Whether it is company positioning, communicating with stakeholders, reputation management or managing a crisis, Sandi has a proven track record for helping clients reach the right audience at the right time with the right message.

Understanding that each organization has its own unique challenges, Sandi is a strategic partner that works with clients from global B2B and B2C companies to small nonprofit organizations to develop customized strategies that drive results.

 

Nate Maydole

Nate Maydole

Strategic Partner

As filmmaker, editor and videographer, Nate’s expertise is to develop creative storytelling through visuals, voice and music. He works with clients to help them tell the most rich and engaging stories possible through video and interactive content.

Nate is owner/lead creative of Don’t Blink, a video, design and interactive media company that focuses on product marketing, capturing live events and creating biographical documentaries for corporate clients such as Target, Red Bull, Polaris, Meet Minneapolis, Mortenson, Greater MSP and Coca-Cola.

In 2014, Nate was honored to act as a video specialist for the Minnesota Super Bowl LII Bid Committee, helping secure the Twin Cities as the official host of the 2018 NFL Super Bowl. In the same year, he received gold and silver American Advertising Awards for two promotional videos for Polaris and the Vimeo Staff Pick Award as film editor of “Legends of the Isles.”

Patrick Lilja

Patrick Lilja

Senior Consultant

Patrick is responsible for insuring Tunheim delivers highly effective digital marketing strategies tailored to the organizational goals and objectives of our clients. Patrick also provides leadership for Tunheim’s analytics and measurement approaches and matching each campaign and organization’s requirements with the most efficient and effective methods. Patrick started his career working in user experience, data analysis and human factors at Integrated Strategies and Hughes Aircraft Advanced Systems Facility.

Danielle Lund

Danielle Lund

Senior Consultant

As a communications professional with a penchant for storytelling through strategic intent and orientation, we look to Danielle to weave stories that will most resonate with audiences.

Danielle is a newshound with attention to detail and works to illustrate an organization’s message long after an initial media placement. Keen on understanding a client’s industry and anticipating needs through a proactive approach, Danielle has worked with clients including the Minneapolis Downtown Council, General Mills – Box Tops for Education, Target, Major League Baseball, the Minnesota Twins and the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority.

Be it media relations and logistics for the 2014 MLB All-Star Game, crafting a winning message for Minnesota’s successful 2018 Super Bowl LII bid or developing communications strategies for the new Minnesota stadium, Danielle’s passion for sports has always been a part of her life — even as a Vikings fan growing up in Wisconsin.

Kris Jensen

Kris Jensen

Strategic Partner

Kris has more than 15 years of experience as a strategic communications consultant in the public and private sectors. Before joining Tunheim, Kris served as communications director for the Minnesota Senate Republican Caucus, and provided communications support to veterans’ outreach efforts for the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs. A veteran himself, Kris uses his military training to help clients to assess challenges and develop strategies that leverage their greatest strengths to achieve their critical objectives. Kris’s client roster includes public sector agencies, tribal governments, nonprofits, trade associations and B2B brands ranging from small companies to the Fortune 500, as well as the agency’s GSA work.

Nick Marcouiller

Nick Marcouiller

Consultant

Nick got his start on a presidential campaign, learning the basics of digital strategy from the team pushing campaign technology in new, exciting directions by transforming social media audiences into volunteers and small donors.

He has since led innumerable landing page optimization projects to maximize donations and email acquisitions for grassroots organizations. Nick joins Tunheim from the 2016 election cycle, where he was responsible for communicating national messaging to Minnesota’s digital audiences.

At Tunheim, Nick has quickly taken the lead on digital content creation and ad campaigns for clients including Minnesota Hospital Association, Local 49ers and Expo 2023. His eye for design and experience as a project manager for developers and designers comes in handy on projects that require a detailed understanding of current design software and trends.

Nick graduated summa cum laude from the University of Minnesota College of Liberal Arts. He has lived and worked in Minneapolis, Chicago and Greensboro, North Carolina.

Carol Hollen

Carol Hollen

Administrative Specialist

Carol’s professional experience is vast and varied.  She spent many years in the airline industry working as both an executive assistant and as manager of the airline’s global community relations efforts, where she helped to rebuild its reputation in the communities it served.  This included everything from partnering with Habitat for Humanity to help build affordable housing in the airline’s key hubs, to helping sick children from all over the world get needed medical treatments.

While working as an executive assistant for the airline, Carol had the opportunity to help build business relationships with European colleagues in a newly formed partnership, and worked closely with all areas of the company in a variety of types and scopes of projects. Carol brings experience in these areas to Tunheim and supports the new business and client service teams, as well as finance and administration.  She is client-service focused and is a valued and collaborative contributor across the company.  She also has experience in copy editing and is very regularly asked to put those skills to work on any number of projects.

Karin Johnson

Karin Johnson

Consultant

Karin uses words, ideas and relationships to help clients navigate the often-challenging space where organizations meet public and government stakeholders. She leads Tunheim’s work with the Minnesota Hospital Association, engaging Minnesotans in, improving mental health, taking on the opioid crisis and ensuring health care coverage for all. Karin brings valuable insight in local government, having won election to the La Crosse, Wisconsin County Board at the age of 20, led communications efforts for several political campaigns in Western Wisconsin and won municipal approvals for Milwaukee-area real estate projects.

Marika Kelly

Marika Kelly

Consultant

With a knack for crafted storytelling, Marika couples an adaptable strategic mind and a keen attention to detail to provide clients with impactful media relations. Whether it’s Sleep Number, the Grand Reopening of the Minnesota State Capitol or the redevelopment of the Macy’s building in downtown Minneapolis (The Dayton’s Project), she is passionate about cultivating new ideas and executing on strict deadlines to exceed client expectations and goals. As the third child of five, Marika prides herself on being adaptable, positive and realistic.

Emmett Coleman

Emmett Coleman

Strategic Partner

Informed by decades operating in highly regulated and competitive business environments, Emmett Coleman relies on a proactive approach to advocacy informed by the great Wayne Gretzky’s key to success – instead of reacting to the action, determine where the puck is going to be and get there ahead of it. Emmett appreciates that organizations often need to transform their approach to public affairs to successfully shape public policies, find common ground on contested issues and generate opportunities for growth.

Emmett is best when dealing with complex topics, guiding clients with emerging technologies and rapidly developing business interests through traditional public processes that often slow innovation and investment. He offers a unique perspective formed through his experience running government and public affairs within several Fortune 50 technology companies, serving as legislative staff in the U.S. House of Representatives. Emmett understands that alliances are built on trust over time through engagement – and that in building trusting relationships, you create champions that enhance your brand and reputation.

Emmett’s experience includes securing regulatory approval for large acquisitions, complex negotiations, grassroots and legislative advocacy, and directing coordination of government affairs, public relations and community investment.

Sam Kovar

Sam Kovar

Strategic Partner

Sam Kovar is an experienced creative producer based in Minneapolis with our video partner Don’t Blink. He comes from a land of cranberries in Northern WI and has since lived in Boston, Minneapolis and Chicago. He is a creative producer, marketer, and experience enthusiast.

Arick Wierson

Arick Wierson

Strategic Partner

Arick Wierson is a communications and media strategist with twenty years of global business and political experience spanning five different continents. He is currently steering a number of strategic projects with global reach for Tunheim.

Wierson built and headed the City-owned NYC Media Group, the largest local media group in the United States, which included broadcast TV, FM and cable outlets as well as an array of digital and Out-of-Home media channels, such as Taxi TV. NYC TV, the flagship network, went on to earn over 160 Emmy® nominations under Wierson’s leadership for its groundbreaking programming that aired across the US on PBS, NBC and on other networks worldwide.

Wierson is a graduate of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service (1994) where he graduated cum laude with a concentration in Latin American Studies. He holds a master’s degree in Economics from the UNICAMP, the State University of Campinas in the state of São Paulo, Brazil, where he attended as a Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholar representing the United States. He speaks fluent Spanish and is bilingual in Portuguese and English.

Wierson is a widely read columnist who writes for CNN.com, CNBC.com, and The New York Observer where he shares his views and insights on US and global politics, international relations, security, technology, and entrepreneurship. Arick Wierson is married and has three children.

Emily McGrath

Emily McGrath

Senior Consultant

Emily has extensive strategic consulting experience working for both the public and private sectors. Before working for Tunheim, she was a contract lobbyist for a variety of Fortune 500 companies. Additionally, Emily served as the legislative liaison for the Minnesota Department of Health and worked in corporate public affairs departments in both St. Paul, Minnesota and Washington, D.C.

As a consultant with Tunheim, Emily has overseen the strategic planning and execution of communications and community outreach campaigns. She has provided counsel to a variety of clients, including the Minnesota Twins, UnitedHealth Group, the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation, United Health Foundation, Ingersoll Rand, Xcel Energy, International Multifoods, and the Minnesota Private College Council.

Emily is currently a member of the board of directors of the Healdsburg Education Foundation, and an elected representative of the Healdsburg Charter School governing board. Previously, Emily served on the board of the Minnesota Women’s Political Council.

Maddie Renneke

Maddie Renneke

Associate

Social media, content writing, and media relations are Maddie’s sweet-spots. She developed an ear for content as a writing tutor in college and now bends her voice from to-the-point press releases to compelling thought leadership pieces.

At Tunheim, Maddie partners with numerous clients, including Cargill, Dominium and PwC.

Although Maddie is early in her career, she has stacked several meaningful experiences in the communications field. Between a retail marketing internship at an ad agency, a marketing and internal communications internship in Stockholm and a business development role at a software company, Maddie did some soul-searching in the field before finding her niche in public relations. She also studied Strategic Communication at the Danish Institute for Study Abroad and attempts to think and work like the Danes whenever possible.

Meredith Kessler

Meredith Kessler

Consultant

Meredith brings extensive local and national experience to media relations and communications strategies. With creative energy and a diverse public relations background, Meredith offers a solid media acumen for our clients. She is particularly adept at navigating complex issues and guiding projects with calmness, professionalism and clarity.

Prior to joining Tunheim in 2017, Meredith managed public relations at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, where she focused on a variety of programs and institutional media relations. She also directed book publicity campaigns for publishing houses such as Grove Atlantic and Farrar, Straus and Giroux in New York City.

Linnea Moat

Linnea Moat

Consultant

A firm believer that words matter and that the way you tell a story often matters more than the story itself, Linnea helps clients tell their stories authentically and effectively through video and content creation. Prior to joining Tunheim, Linnea served as communications advisor to Senator Amy Klobuchar, where she planned press events that brought public attention to important constituent issues. Thanks to her experience working for Minnesota’s senior Senator, Linnea brings to our clients a unique ability to craft effective messages that resonate with both the media and the public, and the expertise to turn complex policy positions into easy-to-understand narratives.

When not at the office, Linnea can be found running the trails of Minneapolis or cheering on the Minnesota Twins.

Diane Vredeveld

Diane Vredeveld

Administrative Support

Previous to her employment with Tunheim as an Administrative Assistant in 1999, Diane worked for 10 plus years in the residential Real Estate field as an Office Administrator for Coldwell Banker Burnet, serving the Stillwater and Shoreview, Minnesota offices as well as the Hudson, Wisconsin office.  She later spent several years with CB Richard Ellis, a worldwide commercial property management company, as an Administrative Assistant who provided support to the Property Managers and their Operations departments.

In her spare time, Diane enjoys gardening, reading and traveling. A little-known fact about Diane – she was cast as an extra in the motion picture “Grumpier Old Men”.

 

Carrie Coleman

Carrie Coleman

Strategic Partner

Carrie Coleman prides herself on being a health policy wonk who loves to dive deep into the arcana of almost any issue in the health care arena, but she’s made her niche mostly in the specialized skill of interpreting those details into a big picture for policy makers and consumers. She has 25 years of experience in public policy and communications for state legislatures, U.S. Congress, non-profits, trade associations and health plans.

The early part of Carrie’s career took her back and forth between Austin, Texas and Washington, D.C., where she worked for the Texas Legislature, then a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, and then again for the Texas Senate, where she was the staff lead responsible for negotiating and passing Medicaid-managed care legislation. She also successfully lobbied the Texas Legislature against cuts in Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance on behalf of community-based, nonprofit health plans serving those populations.

In Minnesota, she spent two years as a vice president of public policy and government affairs at UnitedHealth Group, where she worked behind the scenes managing government affairs negotiations on high-profile state legislation and leading cross-company teams to develop consensus positions on health reform. More recently she was Director of Policy and Communications at MN Community Measurement, a nonprofit organization that gathers and reports information on quality of care at Minnesota hospitals and physician clinics. In that role she was responsible for media relations, communications, government relations and new business development. She was particularly focused on presenting the organization’s data in ways that were accessible to consumers.

Married into a St. Paul political family, Carrie is happy to be settled in Minnesota with her husband, three teenagers and two dogs.

Margie Omero

Margie Omero

Strategic Partner

Margie has more than 20 years of experience managing all facets of qualitative and quantitative research, including everything from methodological design to business development and strategic analysis. Her clients have featured some of the world’s biggest brands, such as Kellogg’s, McDonald’s and Walmart, as well as non-profit and advocacy groups such as The Center for American Progress, Everytown for Gun Safety and Compassion and Choices. Omero has also led the bipartisan team studying Walmart Moms — a proven swing voting bloc covered by most major news outlets.

Omero is the creator and co-host of a top-200 podcast “The Pollsters”, covering the polls driving news in politics, tech, entertainment and pop culture. It’s the only podcast exclusively focusing on polling in the United States, and it has been featured by iTunes, Google and other channels.

A frequent writer, commentator and speaker, Margie has appeared on CNN’s “The Situation Room”, MSNBC’s “Hardball”, Fox News Channel’s “The O’Reilly Factor”, NPR’s “Diane Rehm Show” and many others. She has also appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post and USA Today. Margie speaks regularly before groups of students, lawmakers, business leaders and journalists. In addition, Omero has been named one of 50 Politicos to Watch by Politico, a Mover and Shaker by Campaigns & Elections magazine, a Young Woman of Achievement by the Women’s Information Network and Rookie of the Year by the American Association of Political Consultants.

 

Debbie Estes

Debbie Estes

Strategic Partner

As a seasoned marketing director, Debbie has a strong client side focus in experiential, entertainment and sports marketing that drive for results.

In her first year at Tunheim, she played a pivotal role as a member of the successful 2018 Super Bowl and the 2017-2020 NCAA Final Four bid committee teams. The teams developed the strategy, messaging, communications and creative for the formal bid presentations.

Before joining Tunheim, Debbie was the senior director of experiential/event marketing for Best Buy, where she developed programs that supported the brand. For example, her team led the event strategy for entertainment exclusives with acts including U2, The Rolling Stones, Usher, Elton John and Justin Timberlake. Debbie also managed more than 50 Best Buy sponsorships including NASCAR teams, the National Hockey League and multiple MLB, NBA and NHL teams. She is also adept at product integration, having worked with “The Apprentice,” “The Ellen Show” and “The Oprah Winfrey Show.”

Prior to Best Buy, Debbie worked at Target as director of event marketing and publicity. While there, she led the events and publicity strategy for the Michael Graves Design Collection product launch, Target House at St. Jude Children’s Hospital, the restoration of the Washington Monument and the branding of Target Center.

Debbie started her career in the Minnesota Office of the Governor and moved on to the White House Press Advance staff during the Carter administration. She is also very active in the community, having served on numerous arts, education and social action boards. Debbie and her husband have a daughter and have hosted six AFS exchange students who attended Wayzata High School.

Melissa Champine

Melissa Champine

Strategic Partner
Susan Eich

Susan Eich

Strategic Partner
Jason Dunham

Jason Dunham

Strategic Partner

Jason’s career in sports and entertainment marketing spans 16 years, working in sponsorship development and marketing at one of the largest motorsports events in the Upper Midwest. He then transitioned to the management team, spearheading the opening of the Ralph Engelstad Arena, the premier collegiate hockey facility in North America.

At “The Ralph,” Jason successfully led all sales and marketing initiatives for the facility including suite, ticket and sponsorship sales, forming partnerships with blue-chip corporations such as Coca-Cola, Subway and MillerCoors. He was also instrumental in securing events for the facility, including the NCAA Elite Eight Basketball Championship and Minnesota Wild Exhibition NHL games.

Since moving on from Grand Forks, N.D., Jason has worked for Fortune 500 companies in Minneapolis, including U.S. Bank, The Walt Disney Corporation and CBS Broadcasting, continuing to implement innovative ideas while driving new business revenues in the ever-evolving sports marketing, media and entertainment industries.

Jason’s specialties include: sponsorship representation; activation strategies enhancing consumer engagement,;developing new revenue streams for properties; and enhanced ROI for brands.

Jason is a native of Minot, N.D., and graduate of Minot State University.

Kim Busse

Kim Busse

Strategic Partner