Duluth Seaway Port Authority board appoints new Commissioner, approves hiring of Director of Communications and Marketing

Mike Jugovich

Commissioner Michael “Mike” Jugovich was appointed by the St. Louis County (SLC) Board to complete the remaining term of former Commissioner Pete Stauber on the Duluth Seaway Port Authority Board, effective January 8, 2019.

Jugovich has held many positions over the years. He is a retiree of the United Steelworkers of America, Local 2705, Hibbing Taconite Company. He finished his career as an Equipment and Warehouse Manager in the agglomerating department. In 2000, Jugovich was elected to the Chisholm City Council, serving six years before being elected Mayor in 2006. He served as Mayor for a decade before being elected SLC Commissioner of the Seventh District in 2016. He was elected Vice Chair of the SLC Board in January 2019 and currently serves as Chair of its Public Works and Transportation Committee.

The Duluth Seaway Port Authority is governed by a seven-member Board of Commissioners—two appointed by the Governor of Minnesota, two by the St. Louis County Board and three by the Duluth City Council.

Jayson Hron

To round out staffing, the port authority has hired Grand Rapids native Jayson Hron as Director of Communications and Marketing. He returns to Minnesota to join the leadership team effective February 1, 2019.

Hron (pronounced ‘RŌHN’), brings an extensive background to the position, having served in a variety of public relations, copywriting, media relations, brand management and marketing capacities. Since 2013, he has been a communications manager for USA Hockey in Colorado Springs, Colorado. For eight years prior, he led communications efforts as Senior Public Relations Specialist in the financial services industry for the ING Group in St. Cloud, Minnesota.

After beginning his career as a sportswriter, editor and page designer with Murphy McGinnis Newspapers, he served as Communications Director for the United States Hockey League and, later, Assistant Director of Public Relations in the athletics department at the University of Minnesota Duluth, earning a pair of awards from the College Sports Information Directors of America.

In accepting the post, Hron succeeds Adele Yorde, who has served the organization as Public Relations Director since April 2008.

Jayson Hron can be reached at (218) 727.8525, ext. 109 or jhron@duluthport.com.

Andrea Lee