The Lundeen Productions Staff
TRACY LUNDEEN, PRESIDENT
Tracy Lundeen has spent a lifetime of connecting business and entertainment in a mutually beneficial way that provides a spectacular experience for his audiences while providing a platform for local and regional businesses to meet face-to-face with their customers.
Through his original company, ShowPro he worked with the City of Duluth to create Bayfront Festival Park and Fourth Fest, Duluth’s annual 4th of July celebration. He went on to create several more events that have spanned decades in the Duluth area – including the Duluth Wedding Show and Northland Senior Expo(now the GO Show, acronym he created for Getting Older) . He reinvigorated the Duluth Women’s Expo, and partnered Engwalls Florists, Greenhouses and Garden Centers to create the Engwalls Corn Maze and Agri-tainment Center, and with Twin Ports Entertainment to create the new Taste of Duluth event that takes place annually in Bayfront Festival Park and New Years by the Lake at the Greysolon Plaza complex. Always a pioneer in the world of wedding planning, Lundeen created a new type of event for 2018. The Gitche Gumee Wedding Show showcases Duluth as a destination for weddings and invites couples to our community to start their “happily ever after” while enhancing the areas tourism industry.
In 2014, Lundeen honored his mother, after her passing, by creating a non-profit foundation that supports youth in the arts. The Bluebird Foundation provides funding for high school kids in the performing arts through grants, scholarships, and advocacy. Since its inception, the organization has awarded more than $40,000 in grants and scholarships to area kids.
Lundeen is active in the Duluth community, his compassion for local issues and businesses comes in second only to his family. He is a dedicated father and grandfather, never missing a chance to attend a grandkid’s science or art fair, or dance competition, and a fierce supporter of his children’s ambitions.
Awarded “Tracy Lundeen Day” by Mayor Ness and the City of Duluth in 2013 for his contributions to the community, he remains one of the most respected businessmen in the area. He manages to find the humor in wearing so many “hats”, making him a favorite to do business with, as well. In his downtime, he likes to head to the peace and calm of the lake with this family, but typically, he ends the day sharing a brandy or two with his pup and pal, Bella, a sheltie.
KYNZE LUNDEEN, VICE PRESIDENT
Kynze Lundeen serves as Vice President of Lundeen Productions. Working at the company since she was right out of middle school, she has learned the ropes, has had years of hands-on experience, and is an expert in organization when it comes to planning events. Kynze graduated from Lake Superior College with an Associate’s degree and went on to graduate from The University of Minnesota – Duluth with a Bachelors in Political Science and Economics. During college, Kynze worked with political organizations on campus to create a less polarized climate and to work together to meet in the middle to get stuff done. She ran a club at UMD for two years and ended up receiving the Affiliation of the Year award on a state level. She also interned for Lithium Logistics and helped plan a leadership conference in New Orleans as well as many other events. When she was only 21 years old, Kynze planned her first National Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota at The W- Foshay.
Kynze also serves of the board of a non-profit organization called the Bluebird Foundation as Event Director and Treasurer. While in high school she was deeply involved in music and theater and she loves giving back to that community.
Kynze specializes in Wedding planning and is the producer of the Duluth Wedding Fashion Show, the largest fashion show in the region. Outside of weddings, she works hand in hand with President of the company, Tracy Lundeen ensuring that all of event guests, and businesses, are treated like royalty and are meeting their expectations. She manages most of Lundeen Productions social media pages with mediocre graphic design work. Her true talent lies in her creative handling of the incessant telemarketing phone calls received at the office. She is currently working towards her goal of making her way to the office restroom without tripping on air.
ANGIE SIMONSON, MARKETING & EVENT STRATEGIST
Angie Simonson is the Marketing and Event Strategist for Lundeen Productions. She brings nearly two decades of marketing and event experience from radio and web, as well as over a dozen years at the helm of her company, Main Idea Creative, where Lundeen Productions was her first client. Over the years Angie has worked with Tracy to build the brands of all LP events on and offline.
At LP, Angie unleashes her creative talents to continue building those brands, as well as designing new opportunities for our exhibitors, elaborate experiences for our VIP guests, managing our 4 publications, and coercing office mates into playing practical jokes on each other.
Angie graduated from UMD a long time ago with a Bachelors of Business Administration and Marketing. She lives in Meadowlands, Minnesota with her husband and their four children. She started her business so she could stay home with them. Now that they are all in school, she was able to crawl out of her basement-dungeon office a few days a week to work with living, breathing people – she feels blessed she was able to do so with friends she’s known nearly half her life, at Lundeen Productions.