Twin Cities Speakers and Moderator

Rod Kaats

Rod Kaats is a producer, director, and writer and has supervised productions around the world for clients including DreamWorks and Universal Studios, shows on- and off-Broadway, on tour in North America and international productions on four continents including shows in the U.K., Denmark, Sweden, Spain, Italy, Portugal, China, and Colombia.

 

Kaats was on the producing and/or management teams for the Broadway productions of Rock of Ages, American Psycho, Hay Fever, A Long Day’s Journey Into Night, the off-Broadway productions of Silence! The Musical, The Fantasticks, Tryst, Total Eclipse, the Las Vegas production of Blue Man Group, and several national touring productions including Lost in Yonkers, Three Tall Women, Big! The Musical, Falsettos, Jerome Robbins’ Broadway, Crazy for You and Sweeney Todd, and the West Coast production of Silence! The Musical, the winner of three Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards.

 

Kaats is currently the producing artistic director of the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts in St. Paul, Minn., where he will produce the musical Six this fall before it transfers to Broadway and is a producer of Girl From The North Country, opening on Broadway in March 2020.  

Jim Kierstead

Jim Kierstead is an Emmy, Olivier, and three-time Tony Award-winning producer of the Broadway, touring, Toronto, and London productions of Kinky Boots, the revival of Pippin, and Hadestown. He is currently represented on Broadway as a co-producer of Tony-nominated Ain’t Too Proud and Waitress, as well as The Inheritance.

 

In addition, he has been a co-producer of 20 Broadway productions including The Visit, You Can’t Take It With You, Indecent, The Great Comet (all Tony nominated), Be More Chill, Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, Pretty Woman, Side Show, It Shoulda Been You, M. Butterfly, and Rocky, among others. Off-Broadway projects include Unexpected Joy, Yank! (Drama Desk and Lucille Lortel nominees), Bright Colors and Bold Patterns, and Thrill Me: The Leopold & Loeb Story (Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominees). 

 

He has produced London productions including Waitress, Dreamgirls, Unexpected Joy, Yank!, Thrill Me, Night of the Living Dead, and Aspects of Love. Film/TV projects include the Emmy-winning TV series The Bay, Indoor Boys, After Forever, Ace, Between Love and Goodbye, Kiss Me, Kill Me; and Wakefield starring Bryan Cranston and Jennifer Garner; and a new series, Mulligan. Upcoming projects include Sparkler and Cover. Kierstead is on the board of directors of The York Theatre Company, The Abingdon Theatre Company, and The New York Theatre Barn.

Tina Marie Casamento

Tina Marie Casamento, conceiver/additional lyricist, is a teacher, director, producer and actress with more than 30 years’ experience in the industry. She is passionate about creating inspired and emotionally compelling theatre. After pitching her concept for Chasing Rainbows and securing the rights, she has spearheaded this musical through numerous workshops, readings and two developmental productions. Casamento attended Carnegie Mellon University (acting), and University of Maryland (full scholarship in Creative and Performing Arts). Committed to nurturing young talent, she is on staff at Rider University, and teaches master classes and workshops throughout the country. She served as chair and national adjudicator in Theatre for YoungArts, and is a recipient of the Teacher Recognition Award by the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program.

Rebecca Rizzio

Rebecca Rizzio is an accomplished and award-winning sales and fundraising professional. She began her career at Eli Lilly and Company as a neuroscience primary care sales rep. After four years, she moved to Lilly headquarters in Indianapolis, where she was a national sales trainer. In 2005, she moved to Minneapolis and left corporate America to join academia. She enjoyed a successful stint on the development team at St. Catherine University in St. Paul and returned to Concordia in 2008, where she helped expand the advancement and fundraising efforts for the college in the Twin Cities area. Currently, she is an account executive at Harbinger Partners.

 

Rizzio has directed several plays and musicals throughout the Minneapolis metro. In 2013, she joined Philly as the original director, and in 2015 expanded her role as creative producer and managing partner of Philly Developmental LLC. She founded Dancing Pillow Productions LLC to create and develop original work and is a co-producer on "Chasing Rainbows: The Road to Oz."

 

She holds a bachelor’s in English writing and communication from Concordia College and a master’s in organizational leadership from St. Catherine University.

Moorhead Speaker and Moderator

Greg Page

Greg Page is retired chairman and chief executive officer of Cargill. He served as executive director of Cargill from 2015 to 2016, executive chairman from 2013 to 2015, chief executive officer from 2007 to 2013 and president from 2000 to 2007. He was elected to the Cargill board of directors in 2000 and elected chairman of the board in 2007.

 

Page joined Cargill in 1974 as a trainee assigned to the Feed Division. Over the years, he held a number of positions in the United States and Singapore. Page worked with the start-up of a poultry processing operation in Thailand, the beef and pork processing operations of Cargill’s Excel subsidiary in Wichita, Kan., and the Financial Markets Group in Minneapolis.

 

Page serves as a member of the board of directors of Eaton Corporation, Deere & Company and 3M. He is non-executive chairman of the board of Corteva Agriscience. He is past chair of the board of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, past president of the Northern Star Council of the Boy Scouts of America and continues to serve on both boards as well as the board of Alight (formerly known as the American Refugee Committee). 

 

Page received a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of North Dakota. He was born in Bottineau, N.D.

Jan Waye

Jan R. Waye, Salida, Colo., graduated from Concordia College in 1970 and worked for Cargill from 1970 to 2003 in various merchandising and management positions in commodity marketing and financial services in the U.S., Canada, and England. He was a board member of the London International Financial Futures Exchange, London Commodity Exchange, Futures Industry Association, and National Futures Association.

 

He is a member of the National Futures Association hearing panel. After taking semi-retirement, he served as a Concordia College Regent from 2009 to 2018 and is currently a member of the Offutt School of Business Global Leadership Council.

 

Raised on a small grain and cattle farm near Elbow Lake, Minn., Waye now, post Cargill, pursues agricultural interests as owner/partner in A + W Ranch, LLC, in Moffat, Colo., a large cow/calf operation in the San Luis Valley. While there is a lot of hemp and cannabis grown in the Valley, he hasn’t moved into that arena – yet.  

 

Waye and his wife, Phyllis, have been married 47 years and have two daughters, Avril, Worcester, Mass., and Andrea, Boise, Idaho, and four granddaughters.