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NEWS RELEASE: Secretary of State Ritchie Awards Paul Hodnefield with NASS Medallion
Posted Date: 8/12/2013


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Secretary of State Ritchie Awards Paul Hodnefield with NASS Medallion

ST. PAUL, Minn. — August 12, 2013—In recognition of years of service to the citizens and business community of the state of Minnesota, Secretary of State Mark Ritchie was pleased to award Paul Hodnefield with the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) Medallion today.

“Paul has been a partner for years in improving the way in which my office supports secured financing, a crucial economic engine,” said Ritchie. “His expertise and dedication has benefitted businesses large and small across the state, and he is more than deserving of this national award.”

The NASS Medallion honors those who exemplify values and service that serve the public interest in the areas relating to the duties of the Office of the Secretary of State, including elections, business services, voting access and civic education.

“I am honored to receive this award. The Office of the Secretary of State is clearly committed to provide Minnesota with one of the most reliable and efficient security interest filing and retrieval systems in the country,” said Hodnefield. “It has been my privilege to participate in that effort.”

Hodnefield has worked with the Business Services Division of the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State for 17 years, reviewing and offering his insight into ongoing development of improved business methods. He was a significant contributor to the new Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) online application and provided insight from a national practitioner’s perspective on UCC’s Revised Article 9 and important updates to the UCC in 2010. Hodnefield also has been a presenter on secured financing issues at International Association of Commercial Administrators (IACA) conferences. He has contributed to both the NASS-initiated Task Force on Bogus Filings and Minnesota Task Force on Bogus Filings.

Hodnefield, a resident of Bloomington, Minnesota, is associate general counsel for Corporation Service Company (CSC) of Wilmington, Delaware, and is a member of the American and Minnesota bar associations. Prior to joining CSC, he served as president of US Corporate Services, a national UCC service provider, and served on the board of directors of the National Public Records Research Association. Hodnefield also was an adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota law school where he taught courses on public records and business ethics.


Editor’s Note: The Business Services Division of the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State reviews, approves and files articles of incorporation and amendments for all businesses and nonprofit organizations doing business in Minnesota. In 2012, the division recorded nearly 61,000 new business filings. For the 2012–2013 biennium, the division projects collecting $27 million in business filings and other fees which are deposited into the state’s general fund.

About NASS: Founded in 1904, NASS is the oldest, nonpartisan professional organization of public officials in the United States. Members include the 50 states, District of Columbia, American Samoa and Puerto Rico. NASS serves as a medium for the exchange of information between states and fosters cooperation in the development of public policy. The association has key initiatives in the areas of elections and voting, state business services and digital archiving, international relations and state securities regulation, as well as several well-established awards programs. For more on NASS, visit

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