The Young Professionals Associate Board supports ACES in a variety of ways, including planning and executing its signature event, the annual Races 4 ACES 5k Fundraiser. If you are interested in learning about how you can be involved with the YPAB, please email ACES Volunteer Coordinator Rebecca Edmunds.
Don Sullivan, Protective
Don is the Director of Consumer Marketing for Protective Life Corp and the Vice President of the ACES Young Professionals Associate Board. He is also an avid runner and Race Director for Races 4 ACES. Don's participation in ACES began in 2004 as an E-Mentor of an ACES student. As he learned more about ACES and the good work the organization does, as reflecting on his personal experiences growing up and knowing the challenges that many urban students face, Don continued to deepen his relationship with ACES, its cause, and its urban students.
Will Hardy, Best Buy
YPAB Vice President
Will Hardy is a Senior Demand Planning Analyst at Best Buy Co., Inc., a multinational retailer of technology and entertainment products and services. Hardy first joined Best Buy as a Digital Technology Specialist for Best Buy stores in April 2009, then joined corporate in his current role upon graduating from the University of Minnesota. Prior to joining Best Buy, Hardy was a researcher at the University of Minnesota, where he conducted research on domestic violence. Hardy has a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Minnesota. He serves as a co-chair of the Best Buy Black Employee Network (BEN) and is also a proud member of Anchor Hilyard Lodge #2 Free & Accepted Masons.
Daniel Lichtblau, Crave/Figlio/Union
Danny Lichtblau works in business development nationally for CRAVE Restaurant, CRAVE Catering, Figlio, and Union. Danny graduated with a B.A. in Global Studies from Indiana University in Bloomington. He is a passionate traveler, having studied abroad in Australia and Israel as well as having visited many amazing places around the world. He is a huge sports fan, supporting all of the professional teams in Minnesota. In his spare time, he loves to travel, play racquetball, walk his dogs, and barbeque.
Robert was connected to ACES through his community outreach work with Minnesota United FC professional soccer club. The California native began his career as Media Relations Apprentice with the Minnesota Wild after graduating from Northern Michigan University with a degree in Communications and Marketing. Following his time with the Wild, Robert spent two years in Texas, working with the Houston Aeros Hockey Club and Academy Sports + Outdoors. Robert returned to Minnesota and began working for United, leading the club's public relations and community outreach efforts. Robert is a sports enthusiast and enjoys playing and watching sports including golf, hockey, and basketball. He also enjoys cooking, traveling, and spending time with his wife, Crystal.
Maria Jollie, Renown Marketing
Maria has been with ACES since the summer of 2012 and serves as an e-mentor in addition to being on the YPAB. She is a freelance writer and researcher for a variety of companies. She also coaches a competitive gymnastics team at Midwest Gymnastics Center. Maria has a Bachelor's degree in marketing and international business from Metropolitan State University and has marketing experience with sports teams worldwide. She enjoys playing sports, traveling, and enjoying delicious food in her free time.
Mikkala Korton, Minnesota United FC
Rob Mehta, Coldwell Banker Burnet
Jeff Nolan, Spyder Trap Online Marketing
Jeff Nolan is a Sr. Account Executive at Spyder Trap Inc., a digital marketing and technology firm in Minneapolis, MN. Jeff has been working in the online/digital marketing field for the past 4 years and works with clients day to day building digital marketing strategies and customized solutions to help drive business change & growth. Jeff met ACES executive director, Chad Caruthers, several years ago through a networking group that he founded and still runs, Twin Cities Thursday Happy Hours. Twin Cities Thursday Happy Hours (TCTHH) is a newtworking organization for business professionals in Minneapolis/St. Paul, which meets once a month and has held several unique events to bring professionals together in a casual setting, as well as raise money for local non-profit organizations. Jeff has a Bachelor of Science in Business from the University of North Dakota, where he majored in marketing and minored in international business. Jeff enjoys playing hockey, golf, softball, touch football, tennis, and traveling, as well as cooking in his free time.