Welcome New Board Members!
  John Hunt    Amy Reents  Jason Zilka

John Hunt is the Internet Marketing Manager at Smead Manufacturing and handles all their on-line marketing strategy and is the host of Smead's weekly podcast, "Keeping You Organized." He grew up in Burnsville and graduated from the University of Minnesota.  John believes the Chamber plays a vital role in the community by helping elevate the profile of Hastings Businesses to both residents and visitors.  John hopes his extensive background in digital marketing will help the Chamber and its business members use technology to their advantage.

Amy Reents grew up in Hastings and is a proud alumni of Hastings Parochial School and Hastings High School, as well as a graduate of Minnesota State University, Mankato.  Amy grew up in the family business at Afton Alps, which is entering its 51st year of business.  Afton Alps was sold to Vail Resorts in December 2012 and Amy is still a vital part of the Afton Alps team.  She has a great respect for small and large business and the dedication it takes to be successful.  "Strong businesses are so important to a good community."  As a new Chamber Board member she is excited to learn more about the businesses in this community and share her time and talents with the chamber and the community that she grew up in and loves.  Amy is married to husband John and has two children, Nicole and Jackson.  In addition to the chamber board Amy also holds board seats on the MN Ski Area Association and the Midwest Ski Area Association.  She is a current volunteer at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church and School and a past Hastings YMCA Board member.

Jason Zilka has worked for Coborn's for over 15 years and currently is the store manager in Hastings.  He holds an associates degree from St. Cloud State University.  "Being a part of the Chamber gives me the opportunity to give back to the Hastings Community that has helped make Coborn's successful. My goal is to bring in fresh, new ideas from the areas I have previously resided in to help grow the business community."  In addition to serving on the Board of Directors for the Chamber of Commerce, Jason is treasurer for the Hastings Lions Club and a member of AHHA.  In his free time he enjoys spending time with his wife Hayley and two children.



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