Monte Hilleman

Monte Hilleman

Monte Hilleman came to Saint Paul Port Authority in 2005. In his role as senior vice president of real estate development, and leader of the development team, Monte is responsible for redeveloping brownfield properties for light industrial use and leading Saint Paul Port Authority’s real estate consulting services across Minnesota.

Monte has an additional 10 years of experience working on brownfield redevelopment and economic development. He holds a B.A. in urban studies from the University of Minnesota and serves on the board of directors for the Minnesota Chapter of U.S. Green Building Council.

Tonya Bauer

Tonya Bauer

Tonya has been with Saint Paul Port Authority since 2008 and is the director of strategic development. In this role she manages tenant relations, business attraction, retention and expansion activities, and community engagement.

Prior to joining the Saint Paul Port Authority, Tonya spent nine years working for the City of Woodbury holding positions in the City’s Finance, Assessing and Public Works Departments. She holds her real estate license and currently serves on the Saint Paul Business Review Council (BRC) and is an active board member for both the Midway Area Chamber of Commerce and East Side Area Business Association.

George Hoene

George Hoene

George Hoene joined Saint Paul Port Authority in the fall of 2017 as a Senior Project Manager. In this role he manages, plans, and budgets construction-based land development in addition to overseeing repairs and upgrades for SPPA terminal ports.

George holds his Minnesota Brokers License and brings 33 years of experience with commercial construction projects to this role. In addition to overseeing build-outs for commercial businesses like Caribou Coffee and David’s Bridal, also he's managed the remodel and upgrade of major office centers.

On a personal level, he is an active member of the Minnesota Commercial Association of Real Estate, Saint Paul BOMA, Minnesota Minute Men LTD and has spent over two decades coaching Minnesota youth in hockey and tennis.

Ava Langston-Kenney

Ava Langston-Kenney

Ava Langston-Kenney joined Saint Paul Port Authority in 2016. In her role as project manager, Ava assists with harbor and brownfield management.

Ava brings to this role 20+ years of experience with environmental projects in both Minnesota and California. She also served in the U.S. Navy. Ava holds a B.A. in bio-medical ethics from Brown University and will earn her M.S. in environmental management from the University of San Francisco upon completion of her thesis. On a personal level, Ava currently serves as the Board Secretary for the Southwest Foundation Association, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the support of Southwest High School in Minneapolis.

Kathryn Sarnecki

Kathryn Sarnecki

Kathryn joined Saint Paul Port Authority in 2013. In her role as vice president of redevelopment and harbor management, she is focused on maintaining a thriving harbor system in Saint Paul and cleaning contaminated sites to ready them for successful development.

Kathryn brings to this role 10 years of experience as an environmental engineer consultant. She holds a B.S. in civil engineering from Washington University and an M.S. in environmental engineering from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champagne.

Kathryn is certified as a Professional Engineer in Minnesota. She serves as a board member for the Minnesota Society of Professional Engineers, co-committee chair for the Minnesota State MathCounts program and treasurer for the Upper Mississippi Waterways Association. On a personal level, Kat also serves as a Big Sister through the Big Brothers Big Sisters program.

Rhett Hebig

Rhett Hebig

Rhett joined the Saint Paul Port Authority in December of 2017. In his role of Marketing Communications Specialist, Rhett is responsible for increasing the Port’s social media presence and providing support to the Development Team on all things Marketing. He brings experience in branding and marketing communication on several different media platforms including content, email, video and social media.

Rhett holds a B.A in Marketing and Business Administration from Augsburg College. On a personal level, he is involved in TEAM Impact, Be The Match Bone Marrow Registry, and coach’s youth baseball throughout Minnesota for organizations such as Minnesota MASH LLC, Great Lakes Baseball Academy, North Star Baseball Club, and the Bloomington Youth Baseball Association.