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Investor Cocktail Network Event

David Russick
Gopher Angels, Managing Director

David Russick – bio

David Russick is an established entrepreneur and angel investor. Russick is co-founder, Managing Director, and Board Member of Gopher Angels, an investment organization dedicated to supporting entrepreneurship and early stage businesses in the state of Minnesota and throughout the Midwest.

Russick was also founder and CEO of TUBS, Inc., a family owned waste and recycling business operating in the Twin Cities, Denver and Cleveland,

Russick co-founded Bagster, LLC, a nationwide waste services company. He served as President and Board Member prior to Bagster’s acquisition by a Fortune 500 company.

In addition, Russick serves on the Board of Advisors for the Dakota Venture Group, a student managed angel fund. David is an advisor and co-teaches the Atland Fund. The Atlund Fund is a student managed early stage fund within the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota.

Russick has been featured in the “Star Tribune,” “Twin Cities Business,” and the “Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal.” “Twin Cities Business” named him a “2014 People to Know – Finance.” In 2010, Bagster was named by “Ad Age” as one of the 10 Hottest Brands in the U.S. TUBS, Inc. was selected by City Business in 1998 as a “50 Fastest Growing Private Company.” Russick is a patent holder.

Russick is a graduate of the University of South Dakota. He earned a Master of International Management degree from the Thunderbird School of Global Management with extension studies at Oxford University, Oxford England.

Recently, David has served as a growth strategy consultant for several startups.

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Jeff Nelson
Minnesota Department of Employment & Economic Development, Executive Director (interim)

Jeff is the interim Executive Director of the Office of Business Finance at the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). His portfolio of economic development programs includes the Angel Tax Credit Program, Launch Minnesota, the Greater Minnesota Job Expansion Program, the Data Center Sales Tax Incentive Program, the Border Cities Enterprise Zone Program, the Minnesota Film & TV Board, and the Minnesota 21st Century Fund. Prior to joining DEED in 2006, Jeff was a Tax Product Development & Marketing Manager at Thompson Reuters. He received his BA in International Relations and Accounting at the University of Minnesota, earned his JD from The George Washington University, and passed the CPA exam.

Jeff Robbins
Avisen Legal, P.A., Attorney

For over 35 years, I have represented entrepreneurs who start and grow technology-based enterprises and angel and venture investors who target those companies. Clients seek my assistance in strategic business plan development; entity selection and formation; private and public fundraising (including crowdfunding) and securities law compliance; employment and compensation plans and agreements; and merger and acquisition activities. 

I am the founder of AngelPolleNation, a Twin Cities networking organization that furthers awareness, communication and education among solo investors, informal investment clubs and formal angel investment groups. APN has hosted over 30 quarterly events and profiled over 90 companies since inception in 2011.  APN also runs Piranha Pool™, an annual live investor event at the spring MinneBar tech conference.  I am an advisory board member to Gopher Angels, a local investor network, and serve as a judge in the high-tech division of the annual Minnesota Cup business plan competition.  I have also served as a mentor for the Techstars Farm-to-Fork and gener8tor Minnesota beta accelerator programs and am an advisor to the Great North Capital Fund.

An opportunity to network with investors over cocktails and hors d'oeuvers. All accredited investors are invited to attend. There will be an open bar from 4:30 to 6:30.