Chairman of the Board
Brantley Barrow was elected to the Board in December 2018 and is currently serving a second three-year term. Brantley worked for more than 30 years at Atlanta based Hardin Construction Company where he started as Controller and became Chairman and co-owner before selling the company and retiring in 2014. He currently serves as a Board member for several companies in the design and construction industries in the Southeast. He is also a long-term board member of Young Harris College.
Brantley has an Associate of Education degree from Young Harris College and graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia with a major in accounting. Brantley and his wife, Sharon, reside in Atlanta, GA and enjoy spending time with their four grandchildren and at their lake house.
Suzanne (Suzy) Riesterer was elected to the Board in June 2019 and is serving a three-year term. Suzy has a diverse industry background that includes hospitality, technology, learning, financial services, and manufacturing. Suzy was an Executive Vice President and Chief Financial, Commercial and Investment Officer at Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group for 12 years. Prior to her tenure at Carlson, Suzy was the Chief Financial Officer at Gelco Information Network, Wilson Learning Corporation, and Sagebrush Corporation in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Suzy currently serves as a Board of Trustee member for the Washburn Center for Children in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She also previously served 9 years on the Royal Neighbors of America’s Board of Directors in various roles including chair, vice chair and audit committee chair.
Suzy earned her undergrad from Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois, and her MBA from Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities. She also has a Certified Public Accounting (Inactive) certification. Suzy resides in Edina with her husband and has two grown sons. In her free time, she enjoys traveling and gardening.
Anthony (Tony) Brausen was elected to the Board in June 2020 and is serving a three-year term. Tony has extensive Board of Directors and Audit Committee experience and has served on boards for Imation Corporation, FEMAC, and the University of St. Thomas.
Currently, Tony is serving on the Board and Finance/Audit Committee at Fraser, Inc. and is serving as Chair for Opus College of Business (University of St. Thomas) Board of Governors and is also the Chair of the Executive Committee. Most recently, Tony was the Senior Advisor and Senior Vice President of Finance for The Mosaic Company in Minneapolis, Minnesota. At Mosaic, Tony was a member of the Executive Leadership Team responsible for 700-person Global Finance and IT organizations, led the strategic planning process and Capital Expenditure Senior Management Committee, and worked closely with the Board of Directors, Audit Committee, and Compensation Committee.
Tony received his B.A. in Business Administration (Accounting) from the University of St. Thomas, attended the Graduate School of Business – Executive Financial Management Program at Stanford University, attended the Minnesota Executive Program at the University of Minnesota and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Kent Larson was elected to the Board in June 2020 and is serving a three-year term. Kent has an extensive and versatile operations background and has driven transformational initiatives that generated exceptional growth and company value. Kent had an impressive 38-year career with Xcel Energy where he became an Executive Vice President and Group President overseeing $30 billion in operating assets.
He has frequently lead enterprise-wide turnarounds, reinventions, and new business initiatives. He brings astute financial acumen, ability to gauge and respond to market gaps, and a smart resourcefulness to create industry firsts and competitive advantage. Kent is experienced leading multiple functions to include operations, customer care, energy trading, supply chain, business development, regulatory, public/community relations, and government affairs.
Kent has a long history of service on community and industry boards. He currently serves on the boards of Northwestern Energy and Quanta West.
Kent earned his MBA from St. Thomas University and his undergraduate BS degree in electrical engineering from Iowa State University.
David A. Adolfson
David A. Adolfson is a third-generation family owner of Adolfson & Peterson, Inc. and was elected to a three-year term on the Board of Directors in December 2020. He has more than 20 years of experience as an industrial and mechanical engineer.
David currently works as a senior instructor at Dunwoody College of Technology and is an owner/partner of A&S Engineering. Prior to this, he held engineering and programming manager roles at JP Enterprises and Pratt & Whitney, and he also worked at Adolfson & Peterson Construction for 12 years as a part-time laborer and later as a field engineer and superintendent.
David has served on the AP Development Board of Directors since 2015. In addition to his instructor role at Dunwoody, he serves as a coach and mentor to future mechanical and industrial engineers. David has a B.A. in Mathematics and a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Minnesota.
John LaPenta, Sr.
John LaPenta, Sr. was elected to a three-year term on the Board of Directors in June 2021. He has more than 25 years of experience as an attorney.
John is an attorney in Charlotte, North Carolina. He has held various senior level positions in the public and private sector with organizations such as Conterra Ultra Broadband, MCI, State of North Carolina, and the U.S. State Department. John also worked at Adolfson & Peterson Construction for nearly 6 years as a Senior Vice President.
John has served on several boards including AP Development, iState Insurance, Adolfson & Peterson, Inc., and Blue Ridge Corridor Alliance. John is a current and active member of the Commonwealth of Virginia Bar. John has a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Economics, a Master’s Degree in International Economics with additional Post Graduate work in Southeast Asian Economics, as well as a law degree. John is married to his wife Amy, who is a third-generation shareholder, and they currently live in Charlotte, North Carolina. They have two sons, a daughter in law and a grandson Leonardo who is a fifth-generation shareholder.
Joanne Schroeder was elected to the Board in June 2022 and is serving a three-year term. Joanne’s career has been dedicated to the civil and environmental engineering services industry, and she is an expert in enterprise digital transformations. Joanne was founder of two engineering technology services companies: Environmental Data Solutions Group, LLC (EDSG) and E2 ManageTech (E2). Both companies provided software services that delivered global deployment of information managements systems for Fortune 500 companies. Her prior board experience includes both EDSG and E2, as well as Engineering and Environmental Construction.
Currently, Joanne is a Vice President and Officer at Arcadis, a global publicly traded engineering consultancy headquartered in The Netherlands. She currently serves on the board and chairs the Audit Committee for Goodwill OC, the largest nonprofit in Orange County with an operating revenue of $140 million. Joanne is also active with the Advisory Council for the University of Southern California’s Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies.
Joanne has an MBA from USC, a master’s degree in Civil Engineering from University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) and a bachelor’s degree in Engineering from University of California at Irvine (UCI) and holds an engineering license in the State of California. Joanne is a member of the Private Directors Association.
Joanne resides in Orange County, California with her husband and three children. In her free time, she enjoys running, hiking, biking, and spending time in her mountain home.
Scott A. Weicht
Scott A. Weicht, a third-generation family member, joined the Board of Directors in 2023 and will be serving a three-year term.
After working for Adolfson & Peterson Construction (AP) during his college years as a heavy equipment operator, Scott left the firm to become a Texas-certified public accountant. In 1984, Scott returned to AP as Controller, then worked his way to becoming the President of Innovation and Development in 2003. He retired from operations in 2015, yet remains actively involved in other capacities.
He is Past President of the Associated General Contractors of Minnesota and actively represents the industry at state and federal levels; currently serving on the Minnesota State Designer Selection Board. Scott’s additional board services include SharePoint Credit Union, Minnesota State University Moorhead Construction Management Program, and Investment Trustee for Presbyterian Homes and Services. He is also active in several service organizations, including the St. Louis Park Sunrise Rotary, Meetinghouse Church, and international aid programs.
Born and raised in Minnesota, Scott earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business from the University of Minnesota and a Master’s Degree in Liberal Studies from Hamline University. He has studied Management at MIT Sloan School of Management and The University of St. Thomas. He collects vintage port, foreign currency, and loves to travel the world with his family and friends.