George Goldfarb keynote speaker at today’s GDC Annual Dinner Meeting


The Greater Downtown Council 28th Annual Dinner Meeting is this evening at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center. The event is an opportunity to celebrate the successes from the past year and unveil initiatives for 2013.

George Goldfarb
George Goldfarb
Serving as the keynote speaker is George Goldfarb, who has been with Maurices for more than 25 years and was named president of the company in 2011.

As president, Goldfarb oversees all aspects of the company’s operations, including its more than $900 million in annual revenue and its more than 850 stores nationwide. Maurices announced last year that it would serve as the anchor tenant to a new corporate office tower development at 425 West Superior Street.

“I am honored to be asked to speak at this evening’s event,” said Goldfarb. “As a strong believer in the Greater Downtown Council and the city of Duluth as a whole, this event is one I look forward to every year. I plan to share with our downtown business partners the backstory of maurices growth and success, why we believe in Duluth and specifically the downtown area, and also give them an update on the progress of the Duluth Corporate Tower.”

During the Annual Dinner Meeting the membership also will be asked to approve the following nominees to the 2013 Board of Directors:

Chair — Sue Ross, Maurices
Vice Chair — Brian Forcier, AtWater Group
Secretary/Treasurer — Bill Bennett, LHB, Inc.
Immediate Past Chair — Doug Melander, Mainstream Fashions for Men

Board of Directors
First Term
Nikki Anderson, Inn on Lake Superior
Chris Eng, City of Duluth/DEDA
Eric Johnson, Fryberger Buchanan Law Firm
Tami LaPole Edmunds, Art in the Alley
Andrea Schokker, UMD Academic Affairs

They would join the following current members on the board:
Ryan Boman, Melhus Management
Regina Fodness, CPBA/Canal Park Lodge
Oddi Hjellbakk, Minnesota Power
Chris James, Liscomb Hood Mason
Lisa Mandelin, US Bank
Roz Randorf, Duluth News Tribune
John Simpson, St. Luke’s
Julie Thoreson, New London Corporation

A record turn-out of more than 400 business leaders is expected to gather for the event. The evening begins with a social hour and raffle at 5:00 p.m., dinner at 6:30 p.m. and program to follow.

The Greater Downtown Council is a non-profit organization that exists to promote and support the development of a clean, safe and vibrant Downtown. It also serves as the management entity of the Duluth Downtown Waterfront District.