Minneapolis Breakfast Club

Attention Blue light shoppers! Ever wonder about PA Systems?

Early Birds: Mark Arnold was first to arrive followed by Robert Sandberg (ever wonder why these guys are always early—They live in Edina). Craft Speaker Joe Kankovsky was the 3rd early bird.

President Dave Goodwyne called the meeting to order with a ring of the bell, a moment of silence, and a joke only techies would love.

Guests: Emily Tuttleman of Electronic Design visited. Dan Rooney was a guest of Karen Holtmeier. Dan is not related to the Pittsburgh Steeler family, but he is a former circus clown with Ringling Bros. Hope he visits again.

Honorary Members: Mark Simon and Dick Nelson joined us today.


  1. Pick up 2 of the new canary yellow member directories if you haven’t already.
  2. Don Thiets mentioned that Bill and Kay McReavy were recognized last night at the Gophers BB game for 60+ years of support to Minnesota Athletics.


Business Networking: Electronic Design Company is looking for a Client Services manager. LVC is looking for a Sales intern for 30 hours per week over the summer. House Lift is looking for an experienced construction salesperson.

Business Exchange: Gabe Freund started us off, followed by Susanne Bonfe, Dwain Coleman, Chris Leonard, Kelsey Wolter, Julius Webster, and Bill McReavy, Jr.

Business Updates: What’s new in your business?

Table Introductions: Robert Sandberg introduced Table TBD with a theme of “How did you like February 2019”.

Pot of Gold: Neil Roers drew 5 cards today and was careful not to draw his name again. Robert Sandberg was the winner.

Craft Talk:

Neil Roers introduced out craft speaker, Joe Kankovsky of Electronic Design Company with 2 truths and a lie. Joe has run a South Dakota Marathon, Biked across Iowa, and/or Hitchhiked from Omaha, NE to Lake Okoboji, Iowa. Guess which one is a lie.

Joe’s hometown is Omaha and he has been married to Patty for 43 years.

Electronic Design was started in 1955 by a couple of veterans with military electronics training. The company specializes in AV Systems, Intercoms, Call Buttons, Nurse call systems, and PA systems.

They have a rich client base including the MSP Airport, Target Center, Mayo Clinics, Mpls Convention Center, Prairie Island Nuclear Plant, Medtronic, 3M, and the Minnesota Vikings.

Their systems are installed in many hospitals, clinics, and parking ramps with emergency call buttons.

Joe gave us a demonstration of some of the major components of their system controlled by an Ipad.

Register to Joe Kankovsky at 612-940-4320 or jkankovsky@edcsolutions.com


Looking ahead

March 13 is TBD

March 20 will be Dave Bell of the Twin City Group giving his first craft talk at the Edina CC.

March 27 will be guest speaker, Peter Smerud of Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center, brought by Peter Eaton at the Edina CC.