Testimonials

"Jon’s steady hand and depth of knowledge has helped place our region on the national map for collaboration and region-scale job growth strategies."

> Caren Dewar, Executive Director, Urban Land Institute Minnesota

> Becky Landon, Co-Founder, The Landon Group

"Jon gets public finance and he gets the real estate market. When I need to bridge that gap, he's the one I call."

> Michael Bougie, Co-Founder, Proxima.us

"Jon was instrumental in the launch of our new company, Proxima.us. Jon effectively captured the essence of our company's message and presented it in an extremely polished finished product. We have been told by many development agencies that our proposal was the best they have seen in decades. Jon's efforts took our good idea and made it a reality."

> Caren Dewar, Executive Director, Urban Land Institute Minnesota

"Jon’s steady hand and depth of knowledge has helped place our region on the national map for collaboration and region-scale job growth strategies."

> Mary deLaittre, Executive Director, Minneapolis Parks Foundation

"Jon assembled and led a team that developed a detailed public, foundation and individual funding strategy for a $250 million initiative along the Upper Mississippi. His comprehensive, integrated, forward-thinking approach, and his experience with public and private clients, distinguish him in this emerging area where all sectors have a role to play. The Donjek document is now the spine of our capital campaign strategy."

> Tanya L. Bell, Principal, Grand Real Estate Advisors

"Thanks to his background, Jon really understands the perspective of both private and public sectors. He’s uniquely qualified to help sort through the myriad issues that face redevelopment projects and their financing. Jon can see how to move forward."

> Mike Zipko, President, Zipko Strategy

"Development poses unique challenges that require an understanding of different financial, governmental, and community interests. Jon’s atypical background and experience helps clients perceive the relationships among these interests; he can also help identify strategies to move things forward."

> Jenna Fletcher, Program Director, Trust for Public Land

"Jon excels at thoughtful analysis of complex financial and economic questions, yet he is also pragmatic – a rare mix."

> Tony Carideo, President, Carideo Group

"With his experience in business and government finance, Jon offers not only a broad base of knowledge and analytical capabilities, but also the ability to communicate his findings and observations clearly and effectively."

> Dr. Bianca Fine, President, Fine Associates

"I'm thankful for Jon's help and advice along the long process that led to this development. His wisdom and experience were invaluable to guide us in that complicated journey."