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MEET THE TEAM

Lori Vergin
( President )
Rick Vergin
( Senior Vice President – Operational Strategy )
Brittany Stephens
( Partner & Senior Consultant )
Amy Johnson
( Senior Manager - Creative Services )

The M·power team is amazing, and a large part of our ability to be growth partners for our clients is the exceptional depth and breadth of our staff. We’ve been CEOs and CMOs. We’ve earned law degrees. We’ve owned small businesses, and run corporations. We’ve lived urban and we’ve lived rural. We’ve built products and developed services. We can tell our 4Ps from our 4Is. We can speak bleed specs and social media metrics. Roll it all together, and the M·power team delivers some serious insight and expertise.

 

LORI VERGIN
President

lorivergin@mpoweryourbusiness.com

Lori’s value to her clients goes beyond her role as a consultant. She is equal parts a touchstone, sounding board, moderator, and mentor, serving as a trusted ally in her clients’ search for organizational optimization, marketing differentiation, strategic positioning, and continuous growth.

Lori’s career highlights include:

  • • 28 years in the independent telecom industry in roles ranging from marketing manager to Chief Marketing Strategist and Sr. Vice President to Chief Operations Officer (COO)
  • • Multi Media advertising strategy development and market placement experience
  • • Over 11 years providing clients’ with training and organizational effectiveness strategies, marketing services, revenue generation through sales skills, customer experience expertise and leadership development
  • • Successful business practice builder at CHR Solutions, Inc, launching a marketing services practice that encompassed marketing services, communication and research, creative services and association management grossing nearly $4 million in annual revenues within 3 years of launch
  • • Director of Training and Quality Assurance for national technology and product development vendor specializing in aggregated services and business development
  • • Sought-after speaker within the telecom industry, and across other industries on the topics of marketing, organizational effectiveness, company culture, change management and training
  • • Avid outdoors enthusiast, international traveler and cause/community volunteer
  • • Education junkie focused on embracing the most effective methods to reach and teach, development of future leaders and gleefully completing undertakings others claim can’t be done.

RICK VERGIN
Senior Vice President – Operational Strategy

rickvergin@mpoweryourbusiness.com

Rick’s career has been spent leading organizations to adopt new technologies and revenue sources, implement improved operational processes, and build organizational talent. His laser-like focus on the most effective, efficient and affordable solutions provides clients with a roadmap to success.

Rick’s career highlights include:

  • • Degrees in electronics and supervisory management
  • • 36 years in the independent telecommunications industry in technical and managerial roles including 19 years as CEO
  • • National and International speaker on technology and leadership topics
  • • Service on several state and local telecommunications industry association boards of directors
  • • Leading edge strategic business development resulting in tripling company size
  • • Overseeing relocation of company headquarters and extensive building projects
  • • Implementation of incentive based compensation and extensive business culture rebuilding
  • • Industry advisory council contributor

BRITTANY STEPHENS
Partner & Senior Consultant

brittanystephens@mpoweryourbusiness.com

Brittany’s analytical nature and penchant for processes makes her a natural project manager, spearheading multi-faceted projects with planning, implementation, and reporting. Her expertise in law, regulatory, marketing, and business operations bring M•power clients unique insights and value across many industries.

Brittany’s career highlights include:

  • • Law degree from the William Mitchell School of Law (now Mitchell Hamline School of Law) in Minneapolis, passed the bar in Wisconsin
  • • Legal experience with St. Croix County (Wisconsin), City of Rice Lake (Wisconsin), various municipal and circuit court levels, and private practice
  • • 3 years in the independent telecom industry in marketing roles
  • • Successful project lead for business applicants for awards like NTCA’s Gigabit Certified Provider and Smart Rural Communities Trailblazer
  • • Founder and President of the Wisconsin Link elite volleyball club
  • • Board of Directors member for the Barron Community Fund and the Barron Area Education Foundation (Wisconsin)

AMY JOHNSON
Senior Manager - Creative Services

amyjohnson@mpoweryourbusiness.com

Amy's artistic nature and knack for looking beyond the surface to see not only fine details but also the big picture make her a perfect fit for the design industry. Not only does she use her creativity to produce brilliant designs, she is able to think logistically producing a finished piece that successfully communicates the clients message.

Amy’s career highlights include:

  • • B.A. in Mass Communication with emphasis in Advertising, minor in Creative Writing
  • • 11+ years of varied experience in corporate printing, advertising, marketing and graphic design
  • • Successful small business entrepreneur
  • • Executive Team member for "Madison Moms Blog" and contributing writer
  • • Passion for the creative process and presenting clients with multi-media designs that exceed expectations
  • • Web site design, coding, and search engine optimization expertise
  • • Emphasis on project completion well in advance of set deadlines
CONNIE SCHMOLL

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Kandiyohi County and the County Economic Development Commission engaged the services of M·power in 2016 for a survey on the feasibility of a successful broadband deployment project. M·power conducted a residential survey that proved effective for securing relevant, timely, and representative data to make final determinations about moving forward on the project. The M·power team was professional, skilled and cordial in all of their work in partnership with Kandiyohi County.

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Business Development Specialist | Kandiyohi County & City of Willmar Economic Development Commission
KURT LARSON

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The M•power associates were the catalyst for bringing our organizational structure and systems up to speed. Operating on outdated technological platforms, business processes, and procedures, we needed a guide for our organizational transformation. M•power was instrumental in elevating all aspects of our operations, from office organization to staffing to communications. They accomplished everything with a high degree of professionalism and competence.

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Intentional Interim Pastor | ELCA Northwest Synod of Wisconsin
AMY LINZEY

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We’ve been a happy, satisfied client of M•power for several years. After listening to the challenges we were facing and understanding our need for growth, the M•power team conducted leadership and management training for our supervisors and managers, customer care and sales training for our customer care and installation/repair personnel, and team-building for our systems and facilities team. The sessions were spot on and were delivered with confidence, composure and professionalism.

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CEO | West Texas Rural Telephone Cooperative & WT Services
CHARLIE CANO

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Etex is extremely pleased and appreciative of the consulting services provided by the M•power team. Etex began evolving into a more competitive and customer-focused company in 2014, and M•power provided guidance every step of the way. M•power customized training for our board and management team, who were the first to adopt the new culture and accountability strategies. Each department was then evaluated and their job descriptions revised and customized to align the executive vision with their daily responsibilities. M•power provided training on these new duties, and on our updated customer agreements, which we revised to match our new focus.  To continue our emphasis on growth, we coupled the M•power training and guidance with our performance measurement and analytics programs to develop an environment that allows individuals to succeed in their jobs and be recognized and rewarded fairly.  I would recommend M•power to any company looking to boost their potential.

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CEO/General Manager | Etex Telephone Cooperative
KURT JACOBSON

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M•power's team served our non-profit organization and provided just what we needed to bring to life long overdue organizational restructuring projects, find operational efficiencies, conduct technology audits, implement system upgrades and so much more. They did all this with a spirit of enthusiasm, friendly collaboration and top-notch professionalism, and we couldn't have been more pleased. 

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Owner | Mustard Seed Consulting
AMY LINZEY

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The M•power team has developed creative ideas for our marketing that built upon my vision for reaching our customer base while still meeting the challenges of the communities we serve. The team developed outdoor advertising, print ads, online and social media ads, yard signs, direct mail pieces, and leave-behind collateral to support our sales team and account managers. I consider M•power a partner in our success, and recommend them to anyone interested in “M•power”-ing their business!

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CEO | West Texas Rural Telephone Cooperative & WT Services
KURT LARSON

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The M•power associates were the catalyst for bringing our organizational structure and systems up to speed. Operating on outdated technological platforms, business processes, and procedures, we needed a guide for our organizational transformation. M•power was instrumental in elevating all aspects of our operations, from office organization to staffing to communications. They accomplished everything with a high degree of professionalism and competence.

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Intentional Interim Pastor | ELCA Northwest Synod of Wisconsin

ABOUT

M•power maximizes your business’s effectiveness across ALL channels. We offer operational consulting, customized employee training, traditional marketing agency services, digital marketing agency services, B2B marketing, regulatory and compliance legal services, and communication and business strategy development. We’re Google Partners, hold AdWords Certification, and are Hootsuite-certified Social Media Marketing Managers.  MEET US.

CONTACT INFO

Phone715.837.4100

Email getstarted@mpoweryourbusiness.com

Location Wisconsin