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Talley Flora

Talley Flora

CEO, Red Seat, HR Specialist

Talley has two decades of experience helping businesses improve the way they hire. A graduate of Iowa State University, she started Red Seat in 1999 after she hit on the idea while working at a small human resources firm—hiring assistance was something her clients asked for again and again. 

Paul Mooty

Paul R. Mooty

CEO Business Specialist

Paul is a born and raised Minnesotan. He received his BSB in Business from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota and his JD from the University of Minnesota Law School.


Mark Hegstrom

Marketing & Sales Specialist

Mark has a passion for retirement income planning. He works with several companies to put in place a retirement plan. He meets with every employee, every year, as he feels it is his responsibility to help people saving in a company retirement plan to maximize the benefit and to work toward their retirement goals.


Mamie Segall

Legal Specialist

Mamie is an attorney and has over 30 years of experience in health care and pharmacy benefit management executive leadership positions including public policy, legal, compliance and strategy roles. She moved to Minnesota to begin her legal practice by serving over 10 years as an Assistant Attorney General in the Office of the Minnesota Attorney General prosecuting health care fraud and vulnerable adult abuse and neglect and leading health law legislative policy efforts.


Joe Traxler

Operations Specialist

His industry experience has given him the opportunity to perform buy and sell-side financials and complete due diligence work to provide insight and meaningful analysis for clients. He has supervised and performed assurance engagements, assisted with the development and implementation of proper internal control procedures. He enjoys providing due diligence services for clients on businesses in several industries, including: manufacturing and distribution, technology and retail services.

Sam Thompson

Sam Thompson

Marketing & Sales Specialist

Sam Thompson is president and owner of Transitions In Business, an Edina, MN based business intermediary firm.  Sam’s firm works with business owners to help them sell or merge their businesses.


Sam has been in the business intermediary industry for 5 years.  Prior to that he was founder and owner of metroConnections, a Minneapolis based conference and event company.  

Jean Morrison

Jean Morrison

HR Specialist

Jean Morrison is President of Morrison & Associates, Inc. a human resource 

management consulting firm serving the human resource management needs of businesses and organizations for twenty-five years. Jean specializes in conflict resolution, executive/individual coaching, leadership development, team building, employer/employee relations, performance and people management and organizational change. 

Randy Sparling

Randy Sparling

Financial Specialist

Randy Sparling practices commercial law and estate planning. He has substantial experience in representing clients engaged in business acquisitions and dispositions. Randy also has assisted clients in debt and equity financing transactions and advised businesses with respect to compliance with franchise and distribution regulations. Prior to entering private practice, he served as Compliance Officer for the First National Bank of St. Paul.

Deirdre Kvale

Deidre Kvale

Legal Specialist

Deirdre Kvale is an intellectual property attorney with several decades of experience.  She has worked for several local law firms and recently opened her own firm to provide legal advice and assistance to clients with respect to intellectual property matters.  Deirdre counsels clients regarding strategies to protect their intellectual property. Her practice focuses on representing clients before the Patent and Trademark Office and obtaining patent and trademark protection.

Patrick Joyce

Patrick Joyce, CIO

Information Technology

Patrick Joyce is Vice President of Information Technology and Chief Information Security Officer at Medtronic. In this role, he is responsible for the company’s global strategies, operations and initiatives related to security and privacy functions and services, including IT/cybersecurity, physical/facility and travel security, identity and access management (AM), product/device security programs and data privacy.


Kate Smith

Marketing & Sales Specialist

Kate Smith is the Vice President of Ascendancy Research, a top-rated national marketing consumer insights and research firm. Over the past 5 years with Ascendancy, Kate has facilitated connecting consumers opinions with worldwide brands such as Amazon, Netflix, MAC Cosmetics, Apple, Microsoft, and Hilton Hotels. Kate operates in the conviction that companies are only as strong as their connection with their consumers, and the most successful brands continue to invest in the competitive advantage of consumer insights and research studies. Kate gives her clients the ability to market and sell a purpose rather than a product.

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