Minneapolis Breakfast Club

The Sport of Kings Update!

Early Birds: President Mark Arnold was the first to arrive followed by Dick Anderson and Bob Alexander.

Mark Arnold brought the meeting to order with a ring of the bell and a moment of

Guests: None today

Honorary Members: Tom Donnelly and his daughter were in attendance as well as Dick Lindskoog.


  1. Check your calendars! The 2020 Craft talk schedule is being circulated. Contact Craig to get on the schedule.
  2. Chuck Shreffler is showing his wares at the St. Paul Art Crawl this weekend.
  3. Bullseye Media is having an open house on Nov 6.
  4. On behalf of the Playworks staff and our high-profile board, you are invited to showcase your brand and corporate values for the childhood our kids deserve. “The Great Playworks Get Together” takes place on March 5th, 2020 at 6:30PM at Machine Shop. Take a look at how we showcased our sponsors last year! For more information, please contact Chloe Czaplewski, Senior Development Associate, at chloe.czaplewski@playworks.org or 651-278-7707.

Business Networking: None

Business Exchange: Dwain Coleman started us off and was followed by Julius Webster, Jerry Olson, John Winston, Joe Kankovsky, Mike Palm, and back from here Mediterranean honeymoon, Kelsey Wolter (or is it Knight?).

Business Updates: None

Table Introductions: Table #2 was introduced by Jerry Olson.

Pot of Gold: Mark Arnold drew and the 5 th card was Renata Faeth’s.

Craft Talk:

Mark Arnold introduced today’s craft speaker, Mark Irving. He is the Racing and Events Ambassador for Canterbury Park.

Mark is a former jockey from the UK with over 300 wins internationally and after having 8 concussions needed to retire. He is married to a Shakopee native with aCPA to keep him on the straight and narrow.

Mark was born in York, England to a family of horse racing experience. One of the highlights of his career was that he once raced on a horse at Ascot owned by Queen Elizabeth and won the race. The interesting thing was that when he arrived at the track that day as an apprentice jockey, he had no idea that he would be riding with the Queen’s colors.

Mark had tremendous insights into horse racing and many anecdotal stories from his career.

Today, Mark speaks to groups and hosts them at Canterbury Park, giving them racing tips, behind the scenes tours, visits to the paddock and winner’s circle, andmeeting jockeys and horses. The tours cost $275 for up to 30 people.

Canterbury Park has live racing from May thru September, a Card Club open all year long, as well as a new steakhouse.

Register for the Pot of Gold with Mark Arnold at mark@continentaldiamond.com or 651-295-7619.

Looking ahead

October 16 is LVC Companies at ECC

October 23 is TBD at ECC

October 30 There is no meeting on a 5th Wednesday