Meet the New Members of Our 2024 Board of Directors!

Brainerd Lakes Chamber of Commerce


The Brainerd Lakes Chamber is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors who serve three-year terms and represent a wide array of business sectors, sizes and locations. Chamber members are welcome to attend board meetings, which are usually scheduled on the third Thursday of each month from 7:30 to 9:00 AM at our administrative office. This year we welcome a new Board Chair and six new Board Members!

Jesse Grant

Jesse Grant, Board Chair

Jim’s Electric

I am privileged to serve on the Board for the Brained Lakes Chamber. In addition to being a voice for the local business community, I appreciate the valuable networking opportunities.

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Paul Augustinack

Woods to Water Real Estate (WAVE Chair)

I’m honored to serve on this board, as well as being the Chair of the WAVE Young Professionals Network. I look forward to continuing to build the bridge between the up-and-coming professionals with the established business leaders of this great community.

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Lori Bender

Penmac (Ambassador Chair)

After serving as a Chamber Ambassador for several years, I was honored to be asked to serve as a Brainerd Lakes Chamber Board Member. Our Brainerd Lakes Chamber is the Best of the Best. I am looking forward to being a part of this great team!

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Todd DeFreece

Essentia Health

Business and job growth are some of the biggest contributing factors to the health and well-being of a community.  Through the work of the Brainerd Lakes Chamber, we are creating a stronger business community which facilitates economic growth and nurtures job creation.  I am honored and excited to be a part of an organization that is making the Brainerd Lakes Area a better place to live and work for all of us.

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Nick Miller

3 Cheers Hospitality

I am honored to have been asked to serve on the Brainerd Lakes Chamber of Commerce Board. I love this community and look forward to helping our regional businesses thrive!

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Tim Ramerth


Strong businesses and schools are paramount to fostering strong communities. Our Brainerd Lakes Chamber of Commerce is the best in the state when it comes to advocating for local businesses and communities. I look forward to being part of our continued work in this region addressing issues that affect the vitality of local businesses.

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Lori Scharenbroich

West Shore Marketing & Spaces

I am honored to serve on the Brainerd Lakes Chamber of Commerce. I am passionate about creating opportunities for small businesses helping our community continue to grow.

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