Foundation gets 2 new members; Kramer, Pavek to replace Mueller, Schneider

Published 10:25 am Monday, January 19, 2015

Randy Kramer and Richard Pavek are the two newest board members for the Hormel Foundation.



Foundation officials announced Monday Pavek and Kramer will replace James Mueller and Mahlon Schneider.

Mueller, who represented Cedar Valley Services, Inc., resigned from the Foundation board in November. Schneider, a former senior vice president of external affairs and general counsel for Hormel Foods Corp., also resigned in November.

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Pavek was appointed by Cedar Valley to replace Mueller while Kramer was elected at the board’s Dec. 9 meeting.

Pavek was born and raised in Winona, Minnesota, and attended Winona High School and Winona State University. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and economics. Mr. Pavek moved to Austin in 1981, when he was hired as the marketing representative for Cedar Valley.



Through his 33 years with Cedar Valley, he has held various positions and was responsible for developing vocational opportunities for persons with disabilities by developing work contracts and placing program participants in jobs within Austin businesses and corporations. In January 2015, he was promoted to executive director to replace Mueller.

Kramer, originally from Adams, Minnesota, graduated from Southland High School in 1979.  He then attended college at the University of Minnesota in Morris, graduating with a double major in business and economics, along with a minor in speech communications. Kramer has been a certified financial planner with Ameriprise Financial Services Inc. in Austin since 1995. Besides his CFP designation, he also holds the Chartered Financial Consultant and Chartered Life Underwriter designations.  Previous to Ameriprise, he worked with TCF Bank as a Branch Manager, moving to Austin in 1992.