Vadnais Heights Economic Development Corporation (VHEDC) Honors MME Group Vice President of Operations and HR

(Vadnais Heights, MN) On Wednesday, March 21st, at Vadnais Heights Commons, the VHEDC presented awards to several outstanding individuals for their excellence in business and their valuable contributions to the community.

VHEDC Executive Director Ling Becker says, “Congratulations from the entire VHEDC Board of Directors to David Gunderson on receiving the 2018 VHEDC Rising Star Award. We appreciate the opportunity to recognize emerging leaders in our community and the impacts they are making in their businesses and beyond.”

Rising Star Awards

Rising Stars Awards are presented to individuals younger than 40 years of age who demonstrate outstanding leadership that benefits the community and its citizens. Areas of outstanding service include working with youth, adults, and families to improve the northeast metro area. Leadership qualities include creativity, volunteerism, responsibility, problem-solving, respectfulness, cooperation and organizational skills. Leadership qualities are not limited to VHEDC activities and may include work for other organizations.

Alexandria Schumacher, Vice President of Operations and HR for MME Group

Alexandria has risen to the top of her profession in less than seven years from Customer Service entry level employee to VP level at a $20M+ manufacturing company that employees over 100 people. Alexandria began her climb to the top by recognizing the need to create a new role in the corporation to take a large load of the ownership. She built the role of Account manager plus an entire “Customer Experience Department” which services all customer needs. That success led her to accept the huge challenge of driving all company product operations. 

Alexandria directs all company product operations. She has created and empowered teams for continuous improvement, is changing the scheduling processes for two plants and coaching technical leads to grow their people. She has taken the company core beliefs of “treating everyone with dignity and respect” and built that into company culture. She has driven and installed a mandatory management leadership training program, coordinated for others to have continuing education courses and is collaborating to help send technical people to out-of-state conventions for their exposure and educational purposes.

Alexandria’s drive does not stop at MME group. She has another company that is an LLC with large goals to own several luxury hotels in the future. Her efforts today are also coupled with her goals for the future of her own private company.


The VHEDC is a private non-profit organization made up of investing businesses since 1984. Its mission is to enhance economic development in the City of Vadnais Heights and the surrounding areas through the attraction, retention and expansion of existing businesses and industries. This will be accomplished by serving as a conduit of economic development resources, building collaborations with strategic partners, and providing advocacy.  For more information about the VHEDC, contact Executive Director Ling Becker at 651-485-9532 or