Pamela A. Wheelock, Grad ’86
Here’s what you learn when you grow up on a small dairy farm in southern Minnesota: A full day’s work gets you invited to play for some pretty good teams. Like Minnesota Sports and Entertainment, the parent company of the National Hockey League’s Minnesota Wild, a team that hass announced a sellout for every home game.
About success, Pamela Wheelock says, “I’m fortunate to have been in the right place at the right time, but I also acknowledge that the foundation of a strong work ethic and an honest and direct contribution to difficult issues enable others to see the value I can add.”
As executive vice president and chief financial officer, Pamela’s responsibilities include overseeing Minnesota Sports and Entertainment’s public affairs, financial and administrative functions, and facility operations. Previously, Pamela worked for Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura as commissioner of finance. She also worked at the federal, state and local levels of government, and served as St. Paul’s deputy mayor during a period of significant reinvestment.
Pamela’s graduate program in applied economics broadened her world. “I left with a deeper understanding of the complexities and interrelationships that affect almost every aspect of our lives. It created a ladder that allowed me to get a better and broader view of the world, which enabled me to better tackle a diverse set of professional responsibilities,” she says.
In addition to her professional life, Pamela is actively engaged in community service, holding positions with the United Way of the Greater Twin Cities, the St. Paul Area Chamber of Commerce, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Minnesota, and the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. She also chairs the board of trustees at the College of St. Catherine, her other alma mater.