Each year, Twin Cities Business recognizes the accomplishments of Minnesota executives who have made lifetime contributions to our economy and community. This year’s honorees exemplify how to execute business visions, plans, goals, and budgets—and have done so more than once.
Each has developed industry-leading businesses and teams that are poised to continue such leadership well into the future. Each has persisted through relentless waves of challenges—business, economic, and in some instances, personal. Each is a leader in our community through his participation in and support of nonprofit organizations. Each is truly inspiring, both to his colleagues and employees, as well as to the next generation of business leaders in Minnesota and beyond.
Rod Burwell took an industry problem and turned it into a revolutionary invention—fiberglass barge covers that replaced heavier, rusting steel tops that the industry used before his new product came along in 1969. Through Burwell Enterprises, he has continued to solve challenges in other businesses ranging from bottled water to undersea aquariums to testing laboratories.
Randall Hogan could see years into the future how Pentair could reposition itself to serve a worldwide increase in consumer demand for clean water services and products. He had the experience, smarts, and personality to lead his board of directors, executive team, employees—even the leaders of a company that acquired his—to see that vision become a reality.
Dave Mona started a public relations firm that quickly became the largest in the region, a position it retains today. He brought in partners to complement his strengths. And throughout he stayed true to his original vision: serving the local business community with the best in trusted advisory and communications services—and employing great people to help him along the way.
Lessons learned playing hockey for championship high school and college teams taught Ron Peltier that you always show up ready to play, and win. Starting out as a residential real estate broker, he quickly ascended the ranks at what then was a small Edina Realty. Later, for the first time in the industry, he offered title, closing, and mortgage services all under one roof and in so doing, differentiated Edina from the competition. It also helped attract majority-owner investors to fuel his company’s growth; today, his HomeServices of America is the nation’s second-largest independent residential real estate brokerage—and is backed by Warren Buffet.
Phil Roberts is a perfect example of someone who found a job that fits his interests, passions, and talents. His Parasole Restaurant Holdings rolled out the concept of “adult contemporary” dining—a combination of unique, high-quality cuisine with a fun atmosphere, great service, and a sprinkling of surprising humor. And his ability to execute his vision ranks up there among the best in Minnesota history. But see for yourself by visiting one of his restaurants—if you haven’t already.
These 2013 inductees into the Minnesota Business Hall of Fame join an elite group of individuals who rank among the most accomplished and respected Minnesota business leaders of all time. Each of their stories is told below. And each honoree shared more about his journey at our annual Minnesota Business Hall of Fame dinner July 25.
Click the links below to learn more about each of this year's winners.