Chairman of the Board
Brantley Barrow was elected to the Board in December 2018 and is serving a three-year term. Brantley worked in the construction industry for more than 30 years before retiring from Hardin Construction Company in 2014. He serves as a Board member for several for-profit and not-for-profit entities and is also a consultant to a construction industry contractor, where he advises the President on growth opportunities and strategic planning.
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. Brantley and his wife currently reside in Atlanta, GA.
William Bradford is the President and CEO of United Communications, an entity he formed in partnership with MSouth Equity Partners, which provides telecommunications services to 12,000 residential and business customers in Middle Tennessee. As a telecommunications management executive, he has broad expertise in operations, mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance, and direct industry experience acquiring cable television and telephone operations around the country.
William has been an active participant in state and federal industry associations and is a frequent speaker on the state of M&A and the industry.
He graduated cum laude from Wake Forest University with a degree in Mathematical Economics, and currently lives in Tennessee with his wife and four children. William enjoys spending time in the nearby mountains and lakes with his family and relishes a round of golf or a bird-hunting trip.
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 Vice Chair on the Board of Directors of Royal Neighbors of America in Rock Island, Illinois. She is also a member of the Audit Committee and Compensation Committee. Suzy is also currently a Board of Trustee member and Co-Chair of Finance Committee for the Washburn Center for Children in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
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.
Grant Weicht is a third-generation owner of Adolfson & Peterson, Inc. Grant has been an active shareholder of AP Inc. for more than a decade and a member of the Leadership Team of the Adolfson Family Council since 2013. He also served as a Board Member for AP Development from 2010 until 2014.
Rather than follow his grandfather, father and brothers into the family business, Grant chose to practice medicine. He earned an M.D. from the Georgetown University School of Medicine in 1994, graduating cum laude, and was elected a member of the AOA Medical Honor Society. He went on to complete his residency in Anesthesiology at the University of Washington in 1998 and a fellowship in Pain Management in 1999. Grant earned an undergraduate degree in philosophy, cum laude, from Wheaton College and a master’s degree in Physiology from Georgetown University.
Grant currently practices Anesthesia full time as a partner in a physician-owned, physician-managed medical practice, navigating the complexities of today’s constantly shifting medical market.
Grant and his wife have five children and reside in Phoenix, AZ.
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 Fraser, Inc, Imation Corporation, FEMAC, and the University of St. Thomas. Currently, Tony is serving as the 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 an Xcel Energy board committee and on the boards of the American Gas Association (Chair of the Safety Committee), the Association of Edison Illuminating Companies, and on the Regions Hospital Board. He has also been a frequent panelist and speaker at industry events and for community business groups.
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 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 currently Executive Vice President of Special Projects at Barger Tech, Ltd. in Charlotte, North Carolina, a nascent environmental energy firm specializing in food, energy, water and renewable energy. Prior to this, he 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 the AP Development Board of Directors, Adolfson & Peterson, Inc. Board of Directors, and the 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 and a daughter in law.