2012 Minnesota Family Business Awards

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Five stories of entrepreneurial success—family style.

October 24, 2012

Running one’s business and being one’s own boss is a dream that is quintessentially American. Both presidential candidates have alluded to the importance of these types of small businesses as job creators and community pillars. But making that dream real, and then maintaining the business, requires many struggles. For businesses run not only by entrepreneurs but their families, the challenges aren’t solely operational—they’re interpersonal, often complicatedly so.

Twin Cities Business’s coverage of the Minnesota Family Business Awards takes a close look at how five noteworthy Minnesota companies are responding to the challenges and joys of building and maintaining a family-owned, family-run company. How do these businesses prepare the next generation for leadership? What roles do various family members play in the business? What values do these companies seek to impart to the family members, and how are those values expressed within their communities?

The panel of judges for the 2012 Minnesota Family Business Awards were Brian Adams, senior vice president, Bremer Bank; Sally Grossman, principal, Gray Plant Mooty; Tom Hubler, founder, Hubler for Business Families; Farley Kaufmann, partner Lurie Besikof Lapidus; Paddy McNeely, chairman and CEO, Meritex Enterprises; Ritch Sorenson, academic director of the Family Business Center at the University of St. Thomas; and Dale Kurschner, editor in chief, Twin Cities Business.

Trevor, Dick, Craig, Tyler, and Lorraine Kruckeberg

Minimizer

The Kruckeberg family is having maximum fun—and wants to maintain its maximum level of customer service.

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marvin family

Marvin Windows And Doors

With a long-term outlook and an unwavering commitment to community, the Marvin family has built much more than a century-old window and door company.

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Christian Klein, Dan Klein, Marcella Klein, Jeff Klein, CEO Douglas Hile, Jim Klein, Kevin Klein

KleinBank

The Klein family built a banking business brick by brick.

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Mike, Cathy, Dan, Harold, and Annette Gooch

Catallia Mexican Foods, LLC

A family’s love for its culture’s cuisine launches a successful company—with a little help from Cargill.

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Scott, Rollie, and Brent Anderson

Anderson Trucking Service, Inc.

“We’re called to care for the business and its employees.”

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Family Business Awards Finalists

Twin Cities Business and its sponsor partners also recognize these successful Minnesota family businesses and the values they perpetuate.

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