The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority (MSFA) was established by the Minnesota Legislature in 2012 and charged with the design, construction and operation of a new multi-purpose stadium now known as U.S. Bank Stadium. The MSFA consists of five members. Three MSFA members, including the Chair, are appointed by the Governor. Two MSFA members are appointed by the City of Minneapolis. The MSFA is chaired by Kathleen Blatz. The other members are Tony Sertich, Bill McCarthy and Barbara Butts Williams. Governor Mark Dayton appointed Blatz and Sertich, and Mayor Hodges appointed McCarthy and Butts Williams.


Mike Vekich

Vekich has served on the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees since 2010, and has served as chair since 2015. He also previously served from 1996 to 2002 including four years as chair. He is CEO of Vekich Chartered in Minneapolis, and he recently became a member of BNCCORP’s Board of Directors and is President of the National Association of Corporate Directors – Minnesota.  He served as the interim director of the Minnesota Lottery, 2/2016 – 4/2017 and previously served as the  interim director in 2014.  Previously, he was the chairman of HF Financial Corp (NASDAQ: HFFC) and Home Federal Bank; executive chairman and president of  Skyline Exhibits in Eagan; CEO of Vekich Arkema and Company; president of The Bank Holding Company; and chair of the Minnesota Board of Accountancy, where he currently serves as the secretary/treasurer. He has also served as the vice chair of Minnesota Ballpark. 

Kathleen Blatz 

Kathleen Blatz is an attorney in private practice, specializing in arbitration and mediation.  Prior to re-entering private practice, Kathleen Blatz was Chief Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court from 1998 to 2006 and served as Associate Justice from 1996-98.  Prior to her appointment to the Supreme Court, she served as a Fourth Judicial District Court Judge, chambered in Hennepin County, Minnesota.  Kathleen began her legal career in private practice at a large Minneapolis law firm before serving as an Assistant County Attorney in Hennepin County.  In 2007, she was recognized by Minnesota Law & Politics as one of the “100 Most Influential Attorneys in State History.” 

Beginning in 1979, Kathleen Blatz served in the Minnesota House of Representatives, having been elected to eight terms, which included five years as an Assistant Minority Leader.  She also has an extensive record of service on national and regional boards, including serving as a Trustee of St. Thomas University, a board member of the Minneapolis Big Brothers Big Sisters, and as a member of the Judicial Conference Committee on Federal-State Jurisdiction. 

Presently, Kathleen serves as a Director/Trustee of the Columbia Funds and as a Trustee of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota.

Kathleen Blatz has received numerous national and regional honors, awards, and honorary degrees.  She holds a B.A., summa cum laude, from the University of Notre Dame, and an M.S.W. and J.D. with honors from the University of Minnesota.  

Bill McCarthy

Bill McCarthy is the Secretary/Treasurer of the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority. 

Bill McCarthy is a Minneapolis native, a Vietnam War veteran and a University of Minnesota alumnus. He joined Hotel Employees & Restaurant Employees Local 17 in 1985, became a business representative and then was elected president of the local.

In 2002, Bill was elected President of the Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation; the largest central labor body in the state.After serving as Minneapolis RLF President for more than 13 years, Bill McCarthy was elected President of the Minnesota AFL-CIO in 2015.

Additionally, Bill serves on the Board of Directors for the Greater Twin Cities United Way, In March 2012, Bill was named as the winner of a national United Way award for labor leadership, the Joseph A. Beirne Community Services Award.

Bill is a board member of Meet Minneapolis, Convention + Visitors Association which works to market, sell and maximize the visitor experience of Minneapolis for the economic benefit of our community.

Bill is committed to organizing, mobilizing and reaching out to community allies to build partnerships to create jobs that can sustain a family and strong communities.

Barbara Butts Williams, PhD

Barbara Butts Williams is the Vice Chair of the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority.

PhD, Human and Organizational Systems, Fielding Graduate University, Santa Barbara, California
MA, Organizational Development, Fielding Graduate University, Santa Barbara, California
MALS, Leadership and Business, Hamline University, St. Paul, Minnesota
BA, History and Political Science, Morgan State University, Baltimore, Maryland

Dr. Barbara Butts Williams is the Dean of Business, School of Business and Technology at Capella University, Minneapolis Minnesota.  Since joining Capella in 2002, she has served as Dean of the School of Education, Interim Dean, School of Business and Technology, Associate Dean for the school, Director of Graduate Programs (masters and doctorates degrees) and Director, MBA Program for School of Business and Technology.  Dr. Butts Williams’ professional experience  spans the  public, private and academic sectors to include the following positions; President of Growth Partners Consulting, a firm she founded to provide strategic planning, talent and change management, and organizational development to small and medium sized organizations; Director, Training and Development,  Pennsylvania Department of Health;  Director, Executive Programs at the University of Michigan’s Graduate School of Business Administration ;  Director, Executive Education and Human Resources Planning, Control Data Corporation; Principle Consultant and Director Marketing for Human Resource Products and Services, Control Data Business Advisors, Inc.; Vice President Marketing, Vice President Sales and Key Accounts, Project Director for Curriculum and Product Development, Wilson Learning Corporation; Senior Consultant, Organizational Effectiveness, Rath & Strong, Inc.; Officer, Education and Skilling, and Officer(VP), Education and Global Leadership Development, The St. Paul Companies (now Travelers). 

Dr. Butts Williams’ prior  community and professional service included;  Harvard University’s Media & Publishing Group, a charter and corporate advisory board member; University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management , Executive Education Advisory Council member; The University of Michigan’s  School of Business and Administration’s  Human Resource Program  Corporate Advisory Council member;  Metropolitan State University, St. Paul, Minnesota, former foundation board chair and trustee emeritus;  Dr. Butts Williams also served on the  Hennepin County Library Foundation and  Plymouth Church Neighborhood Foundation Boards.  Dr. Butts Williams also served as the Minneapolis representative (North and Downtown Minneapolis) on The Metropolitan Council during the Carlson Administration.  

Currently, Dr. Butts Williams serves on the Board of Trustees at The Institute for Transpersonal Psychology, Palo Alto, California and The Northside Economic Opportunity Network (NEON), Minneapolis, Minnesota.  

Tony Sertich

Tony Sertich is the president of the Northland Foundation—a rural non-profit in northeastern Minnesota.  The Northland Foundation is a resource for people, businesses and communities in Northeast Minnesota working toward prosperity through economic and social justice.  Through grant making and programatic activities, the foundation focuses on youth and families, seniors, self-reliance, leadership and small business development.

Sertich spent over a decade in elective office in the Minnesota House of Representatives.  At the age of 32, he became the youngest Majority Leader in the state’s history.

Sertich served in Governor Mark Dayton’s cabinet as the commissioner of the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board—a rural economic development agency.

Sertich has been an instructor in the University of Minnesota Duluth’s Master of Advocacy and Political Leadership program and has a lengthy list of board service experience, including with the Duluth Seaway Port Authority, UMD’s Natural Resources Research Institute and the Center for Rural Policy and Development.

Tony—and his wife Tallie-- like to spend their free time at their family cabins, reading, watching movies, attending plays and concerts, snowmobiling and many of the other fun activities you can do living in northern Minnesota. 

Laura Bishop 

As chief corporate responsibility and sustainability officer for Best Buy Co., Laura Bishop is responsible for developing and implementing goals, programming and policies related to environmental, social and community initiatives aimed at supporting Best Buy’s business and furthering our commitments to the communities where we operate. Bishop’s responsibilities include managing the following divisions: corporate responsibility; community relations, philanthropy and volunteerism; and environmental sustainability and compliance.

In 2003, Bishop joined Best buy as a manager to establish and grow the Best Buy Governmental Affairs Department.  In working on a wide-range of policy issues around technology and the environment, Bishop helped advance policy initiatives aimed at electronics recycling and work to successfully help communities prepare for the digital television transition.  It was this work, early in her career at Best Buy, that helped foster her interest in corporate social responsibility and the important role that businesses can play in serving our communities while enhancing and protecting reputation in conjunction with advancing the growth goals of the Company.

Prior to Best Buy, Bishop spent much of her career in the public sector where she served in public affairs and political assignments for The White House, The U.S. Department of Education, The U.S. Department of State at the U.S. Embassy in Switzerland, and The State of Minnesota.  Bishop began her career working on Capitol Hill in the United States Senate.

Bishop’s active community and professional involvement is highlighted by her dedication to the boards and councils on which she currently serves; including the Public Affairs Council Board of Directors in Washing, DC and a number of Minnesota non-profit boards including the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, The Page Education Foundation, and the Humphrey School for Public Affairs. 

The Minnesota native holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and a master’s degree from the University of Michigan.


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