2007 Minnesota Business Hall Of Fame

2007 Minnesota Business Hall of Fame

Celebrating five lifetimes of achievements.

July 1, 2007

They are leaders, achievers, and role models.

Four of them turned tiny enterprises into leaders within their industries. One built a $700 million company from scratch.

Each has been an agent of change, each a source of inspiration.

This year’s inductees into the Minnesota Business Hall of Fame join an elite group of individuals who rank among the most accomplished Minnesota business leaders of all time.

Each is an individual of enterprise.

Each has altered the business landscape for the better.

Each has become distinguished in a distinctive way.

Read on to learn more about the careers and accomplishments of this year's inductees.
Don Helgeson

Don Helgeson

He worked with Minnesota farmers to produce fresher, locally raised broilers and built a $200 million poultry breeding, feeding, and processing business.

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Don Kotula

Don Kotula

He's a self-man who built Northern Tool & Equipment from the group up—a retailer for workbench warriors.

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M.A. "Mort" Mortenson

He always wanted his construction business to do projects that were bigger. But even more, he wanted to do them better.

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Ray Barton

Ray Barton

He's grown Great Clips into a nearly 3,000-salon chain and the biggest single hair-care brand in the world.

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William S.

William S. "Bill" Marvin

He made his family's lumber business one of the country's most highly regarded door and window manufacturers—without ever leaving Minnesota's far north.

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