Business Memos 7/24/13

COON RAPIDS — ECM Publishers, which operates 51 publications in Minnesota and western Wisconsin, has named Mark H. Weber as the new south region general manager.

Weber will be based in Eden Prairie and oversee operations in Eden Prairie, Stillwater, Apple Valley, Waconia, Watertown, Norwood Young America, Osseo and Monticello.

Weber joins ECM Publishers with a strong sales and marketing background and has worked at several dailies across the country, including the Denver Post, Pioneer Press and the Star Tribune. Most recently, he served as director of sales and marketing at Outdoor News in Plymouth.

“We’re fortunate to bring Mark on board and look forward to his strong background in digital and print sales as well as his strategic business planning skills,” said Marge Winkelman, president of ECM.

Weber, who grew up in LeSueur, Minn, is a graduate of the University of St. Thomas School of Business and the University of Minnesota. He and his wife Cynthia have two daughters and make their home in Eden Prairie.

“I’m thrilled to be joining ECM Publishers and to be part of ECM’s unquestioned commitment to our local communities,” Weber said.

Barr names Lee new president

MINNEAPOLIS — John Lee has been named as Barr Engineering Co.’s next president and chief executive officer, the company’s board of directors announced.

The board’s announcement caps a year-long process begun when Doug Connell, Barr’s president and CEO for 13 years, announced his intention to step down. Connell will remain with the company, working with clients and assisting in development of future company leaders.

Lee joined Barr in 1979 as a civil engineer. In more than 30 years with the company, he has held a variety of positions, including project principal, vice president of finance and board member. Since 2009, he has served as the company’s director of business development.

In accepting the appointment, Lee said, “I look forward to following where Doug has led and continuing to strengthen Barr’s commitment to providing exceptional client service and being a great place to work.”

Barr is an employee-owned engineering and environmental consulting firm that works with public and private clients who develop, manage, process and restore natural resources. The company employs nearly 700 and has offices in Minneapolis, Duluth, and Hibbing, Minn.; Bismarck, N.D.; Ann Arbor, Mich.; Jefferson City, Mo., and Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Compiled by Erik Sandin – [email protected]