106 Group Elevates Leadership with Series of Management Promotions

St. Paul [February 2024] — 106 Group, a leading cultural heritage company, is excited to announce a strategic series of promotions across various management roles. These promotions highlight the company’s commitment to recognizing and nurturing internal talent, fostering a culture of growth, and positioning itself for continued success.

The following individuals have been promoted:

TEAM MANAGERS

Lindsey Wallace, Planning Team Manager – With a proven track record of driving results and prioritizing collaboration, Lindsey brings her wealth of experience to her new role. She is an architectural historian and planner with 15 years of professional experience working at the intersection of historic preservation, cultural resources, grant management, and community development. Lindsey is focused on continuing to build trust and strengthening relationships in Cultural Heritage Planning for communities.

Steve Gallo, History Team Manager – Demonstrating unwavering dedication and a keen understanding of company objectives, Steve is well-equipped to take on the responsibilities of History Team Manager. Since joining 106 Group in 2021, Steve has contributed to a wide range of projects throughout the region. Notable among these is his role on the Minnesota State Capitol Mall Design Framework, for which he has contributed to the development of a Cultural Landscape Report. Steve strives to leverage his skills as a historian to call attention to the stories that live around us, big and small.

Lindsey Wallace, Planning Team Manager
Steve Gallo, History Team Manager
SERVICES LEADERS

Directed by the CEO, 106 Group’s Services Leaders serve as our frontline staff to develop and maintain client relations and implement sales strategies. The leaders work in collaboration to recommend project pursuits, strategies for both projects and staffing, and measures for quality assurance.

Adam Kaeding, Services Leader (Cultural Resource Management) – Adam has led our Archaeology Team for over 10 years, bringing his extensive archaeological experience to projects spanning North America, Central America, and Asia. He has forged strong connections with Indigenous Tribal Historic Preservation Officers, monitors, elders, and community members. Adam has also led public outreach and education initiatives, for audiences ranging from rural Maya descendant communities to elementary, middle, and high school classrooms. In his role as Services Leader, Adam oversees all Cultural Resources Management services, guiding compliance with regulations related to history, culture, archaeology, and the environment.

Maggie Schmidt, Services Leader (Interpretation & Exhibit Design) – Maggie first joined 106 Group in 2015. Since 2022, Maggie has led the Interpretation Team, creating award-winning projects for clients such as the National Park Service, Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest, and the Minnesota DNR. She has developed exhibits for historical societies, museums, state parks, visitor centers, and nature centers across the country. As services leader, Maggie collaborates across teams to provide culturally informed services in Interpretation and Exhibit Design.

Bill Walker, Services Leader (Cultural Heritage Planning) – Bill joined 106 Group in 2023 as Proposal Manager and Cultural Resources Planner. Previously a 106 Group client, Bill has worked with our team for 15 years on various projects. Bill’s wide-ranging experience with the National Park Service, regional park systems, and a variety of museums and historical societies has taken him all over the country. This year, Bill adds Service Leader to his titles, taking on a front-line role in nurturing our Cultural Heritage Planning services.

GENERAL MANAGEMENT & DIRECTORS

Jennifer Kust, General Manager – Recognized for her exceptional leadership in small business operations, and long-term commitment to the company, Jennifer is poised to guide the team towards new heights of success. As General Manager, she oversees all aspects of the organization’s operations, ensuring effective management, and driving business growth. Jennifer joined 106 Group in 2005 and most recently served as Business Manager.

Scot Nortrom, Development Director – For over five years, Scot has led 106 Group’s marketing activities and project teaming partnerships. As the Development Director, Scot oversees the planning and execution of all marketing and pursuit processes, along with formulating strategies for the company’s three primary business sectors.

Adam Kaeding, Innovation Director – In addition to his roles as Services Leader and Archaeology Team Manager, Adam has been selected as Innovation Director, a newly developed position at 106 Group. As Innovation Director, Adam is identifying opportunities for business transformation and collaborating with colleagues to prioritize innovation initiatives. By fostering a culture of creativity within the organization while keeping abreast of industry trends and emerging technologies, he leads collaboration with cross-functional teams and strategic alliances to develop and refine new products and services.

These promotions are a testament to 106 Group’s commitment to cultivating talent from within, creating avenues for professional advancement, and ensuring that our leadership team is comprised of individuals who embody our core values.

“We are excited to announce this series of well-deserved promotions within our team. Each of these individuals has displayed exceptional dedication, leadership, and a commitment to our company’s success. As we move forward, we are confident that their skills and vision will contribute significantly to the continued growth of 106 Group,” noted Anne Ketz, CEO at 106 Group.

Please join us in congratulating our staff on their well-deserved advancements.

Pictured from left to right: 106 Group leadership with Bill Walker, Anne Ketz (co-owner), Jennifer Kust, David Ketz (co-owner), Scot Nortrom, Maggie Schmidt, Adam Kaeding
Pictured from left to right: 106 Group leadership with Bill Walker, Anne Ketz (co-owner), Jennifer Kust, David Ketz (co-owner), Scot Nortrom, Maggie Schmidt, Adam Kaeding
About 106 Group

106 Group is a woman-owned, nationally recognized consulting company. For over 32 years, 106 Group has guided the planning, management, and interpretation of natural, historical, and cultural resources. We provide services in cultural heritage planning, cultural resource management, and interpretation and exhibit design.

For media inquiries, please contact:
Scot Nortrom
Development Director
106 Group
ScotNortrom@106group.com | 651-403-8720