Greater Mankato Growth, Inc. Announces the Official Launch of its CEO Search

    January 16th, 2024

    Minneapolis firm CohenTaylor appointed to conduct the nationwide effort

    Mankato – Greater Mankato Growth’s search committee, tasked with the selection of a new President & CEO, announces the nationwide search process has now progressed to the candidate identification and selection process.

    The search committee has retained the services of Minneapolis-based search firm, CohenTaylor, to conduct the search. “We are honored to be chosen to lead this high-profile search,” stated Chris Cohen, founder of CohenTaylor. “We are confident the next leader will be identified and successfully recruited to lead this outstanding organization,” said Cohen.

    “I am very thankful for the energy and engagement of the search committee members that have moved us to this stage in the process so efficiently,” said Charlie Whitaker, Chair of the search committee. “The work completed in the closing weeks of 2023 included a competitive bid process for an independent search firm as well as the deliberate outreach to a broad cross-section of community stakeholders to gather their input on the attributes needed for this next GMG leader,” stated Whitaker.

    The committee anticipates the search process will be completed early in the second quarter of 2024, following GMG Board approval.

    John Kind is currently serving as interim Greater Mankato Growth, Inc. President and CEO, until the new President and CEO is in place.

    The position profile, including job requirements, will be shared on GMG’s website and social media channels next week. We encourage all interested parties to reach out to Chris Cohoen at or Maggee Nelson at to learn more.

    Greater Mankato Growth, which has more than 900 members, serves the regional marketplace and is dedicated to advancing business development, regional livability, and advocacy.


    About Greater Mankato Growth, Inc.

    Greater Mankato Growth, Inc. (GMG) is comprised of four business units: Greater Mankato Growth, the regional chamber of commerce and economic development organization; Visit Mankato, the local destination management organization; City Center Partnership, a downtown development organization; and GreenSeam, which utilizes agriculture to build on the region’s extensive agribusiness assets to develop the ag economy.