MBT Advisory Board

In 2012, a group of tax professionals, together with the MBT program leadership team, formed the Master of Business Taxation Advisory Board. The board's mission is to advise program leadership on strategic matters, as well as communicate the needs of the tax and business community to ensure the program is meeting those needs. The board also promotes and advocates enrollment in the MBT Program, and assists in building and maintaining the value it creates for students, alumni, and the business community.

The board works closely with program leadership and provides feedback and assistance with matters including curriculum, benchmarking activities, surveys, communication, enrollment, etc. Constructive and timely input from a variety of firms, companies, and government agencies is critical to ensuring the program continues to meet the greater needs of the tax community and adjusts to ongoing changes in global taxation.

The board is made up of members of the greater Twin Cities tax community, including representatives from public accounting firms, public and private companies, government agencies, alumni, as well as a current adjunct faculty member and a recent graduate from the MBT program.

2018-2019 MBT Advisory Board

  • Kathy Garrison (General Mills), Chair
  • Jerry Martin (RSM), Vice Chair
  • Tim Amundson (UHG)
  • Colleen Block (Wipfli), Alumni Representative
  • Tyler Hess (CLA)
  • Sheila Holt (PwC)
  • Fred Jacobs (Retired MBT Director)
  • Saida Lesov (KPMG)
  • Stephen Maguire (Cargill)
  • Craig Miller (Retired IRS), Adjunct Faculty Representative

[Past board members: Kyle Anderson (PwC), Alumni Representative; Laura Bethke (Nilfisk); Dale Busacker (Grant Thornton), Adjunct Faculty Representative; Brad Fritz (Deloitte); Adam Goehring (Deloitte), Alumni Representative; Virginia Harn (CLA), Adjunct Faculty Representative; Mike Metz; Rebecca Paulsen (US Bank); Jim Peterson (Retired Carlson); Jack Reif (Retired Target Corporation); Brad Zilka (Retired IRS)]

One of the missions of the Board is to ensure the MBT Program is meeting the needs of the tax community.  We would like to hear from you.  Please submit questions, comments, or suggestions to the advisory board at mbtboard@umn.edu.

Community Engagement

Alumni of the Master of Business Taxation program at the Carlson School of Mangement explain how the Twin Cities Community helps build and support the program.

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