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Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman announces leadership changes within Department

November 19, 2012

For Immediate Release:

SAINT PAUL, MN – Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman announced new leadership appointments for the Minnesota Department of Commerce.

“I am committed as Commissioner to have Minnesota’s best and brightest work at the Commerce Department, and I am very pleased to announce these new leadership appointments,” said Commissioner Rothman. “The Department has a dynamic team, working together to serve Minnesota consumers and its economic sectors.”

Deputy Commissioner and Chief of Staff Emily Johnson Piper

Emily Johnson Piper, who has served as the Department’s General Counsel since 2011, will now serve as Deputy Commissioner and Chief of Staff.  In her new role, Piper will assist Commissioner Rothman in overseeing the daily operations, staff, and the Department’s regulatory responsibilities.

Most recently, Deputy Commissioner Piper served as General Counsel, overseeing internal legal services for the Department Divisions.  Prior to joining Commerce in 2011, Piper was an attorney in private practice at the law firm of McGrann Shea Carnival Straughn and Lamb, where her practice focused on litigation and government relations.

In addition to her professional life, Piper has also dedicated significant time to her community. She has served as an appointee to the Metropolitan Parks and Open Spaces Commission, the Golden Valley Parks and Open Spaces Commission, and currently serves as the chairwoman to a small nonprofit preschool.   

Piper received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of St. Thomas and a law degree from the University of St. Thomas School of Law.

Director of Enforcement Investigations Marty Fleischhaker 

Marty Fleischhaker has been promoted to Director of Enforcement Investigations.  In his new role, Fleischhaker will oversee investigations in, among other areas, real estate, mortgage, and insurance.  Fleischhacker has been with the Commerce Department since 1999, serving in a variety of positions from Commerce Consumer Liaison, Investigator, Senior Investigator, and most recently Audit Director for investigations. 

Fleischhaker graduated from San Francisco State University with a B.S. in Marketing and earned his J.D. from Hamline Law School.

Chief Examiner Paul Hanson

Paul Hanson will now be the Chief Examiner for the investigations unit, focusing on the Commerce Department’s insurance company examinations and other entities to ensure market conduct compliance.   Hanson has served in the Department’s Investigation Unit working on investigations in real estate, mortgage, insurance, and securities. Hanson has been integral in multiple high-profile examinations resulting in multi-million dollar settlements on behalf of consumers.

Hanson is a graduate of the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities, where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in political science, economics, and  business.

Assistant Commissioner Financial Institutions Mary Jo Wall

Mary Jo Wall has been promoted to Assistant Commissioner of the Financial Institutions Division.  She has served with the Commerce Department in the Financial Institutions Division for almost 30 years, and has been with the State of Minnesota for 37 years.  Assistant Commissioner Wall has been involved in every aspect of the Financial Institutions Division, ranging from bank and credit union field examinations, writing public policies and strategic planning.  In her new role as Assistant Commissioner, Wall will be responsible for the on-site examination and monitoring of the financial condition of state-chartered banks, credit unions, thrift companies, and finance and mortgage companies.

Wall holds a graduate degree in Banking from Georgetown University, a MBA from the University of Minnesota and her undergraduate from St. Scholastica.

Director of Communications Anne O’Connor

Anne O’Connor has been appointed to Director of Communications where she will oversee the Department’s Communications team. O’Connor began at the Commerce Department as Assistant Communication Director in 2011. Prior to her work at the Department, O’Connor worked for the Saint Paul Department of Human Rights and Equal Economic Opportunity and the Minnesota House of Representatives.  

O’Connor holds a graduate degree in Political Science and Policy from the University of Hawaii-Manoa, a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Minnesota in Political Science and is currently working on her Doctorate of Public Administration degree from Hamline University.