Vice President and Shareholder, Fredrikson & Byron, PA
Mr. Stout is a shareholder at the law firm of Fredrikson & Byron, PA, where he specializes in business organizations, finance and governance. He is an adjunct professor, teaching corporate governance at the University of St. Thomas Law School in Minneapolis.
Mr. Stout is a co-founder of Milestone and has been active on the organization’s Board of Directors since its inception.
Steven R. Ashley
Senior Vice President, Leveraged Finance, Wells Fargo Bank (Retired)
Mr. Ashley served as Senior Vice President at Wells Fargo Bank where he managed the Leveraged Finance Division of the bank. He joined Wells Fargo in 1990 and managed various leveraged lending and capital market activities of the bank. Prior to Wells Fargo, he held a variety of management and credit positions with both First Bank Minneapolis and First Bank St. Paul.
Treasurer, Ecolab, Inc.
Mr. Chew is Vice President and Treasurer of Ecolab Inc. where he is responsible for leading the global Treasury function, including capital structure strategies, external banking relationships, cash and debt management, foreign exchange risk management, pension management, and employee, auto, property and general liability risk management.
Richard A. Copeland
Chairman & Owner, Thor Construction, Inc.
Mr. Copeland is the chairman and owner of Thor Construction, a former Milestone client that is now one of the largest minority-owned businesses in the United States. He started Thor Construction in 1980 with a pick-up truck, a rake, a shovel, a broom, and a borrowed wheelbarrow and developed these humble beginnings into two multi-million dollar corporations.
Eric V. Gray
Director, Cash Management, Xcel Energy, Inc.
Mr. Gray is Director, Cash Management for Xcel Energy. Prior to joining Xcel (formerly Northern States Power), he served in various accounting functions for Cargill, Inc.
Edwin S. Shirley III
Senior Advisor, Fairview Capital Partners
Mr. Shirley is a senior advisor at Fairview Capital Partners, a fund of funds. Prior to joining Fairview, he was a principal in several private investment firms where he was responsible for the design and placement of private debt and equity securities for small and middle-market companies.