The View From The Top

View From The Top

Key Minnesota CEOs reveal their strategies for growing their companies in challenging economic times.

by Fran Howard

September 30, 2016

In 2016, Minnesota-based companies are grappling with a slow-growing economy, a strong dollar and consumers who are demanding quality products at affordable prices.

Twin Cities Business interviewed 10 top executives in health care, financial services, food, manufacturing and other major sectors to get a clear view of how they are handling these challenges.

From Doug Baker at Ecolab to Chris Policinski at Land O’Lakes to Vicki Holt at Proto Labs, chief executives are seizing the opportunities that can be developed and strengthening their ability to meet customer needs.

What follows are excerpts of interviews conducted with prominent CEOs who’ve been building their businesses organically and through acquisitions. —Editor

Penny Wheeler

Cutting Costs Amid Health Care Transformation

Penny Wheeler, president and CEO of Allina Health

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Sally Smith

Offering Value And Speed

Sally Smith, president and CEO of Buffalo Wild Wings

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Doug Baker Jr.

Devising Sustainable Solutions

Doug Baker Jr., chairman and CEO of Ecolab

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Chris Policinski

Entering Growth Markets

Chris Policinski, president and CEO of Land O'Lakes

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Lynn Casey

Becoming A National PR Player

Lynn Casey, chair and CEO of PadillaCRT

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Vicki Holt

The Race To $1 Billion

Vicki Holt, president and CEO of Proto Labs

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Mark Urdahl

Staying Youthful At 111

Mark Urdahl, president and CEO of Red Wing Shoe Co.

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Shelly Ibach

Staying Ahead Of The Consumer

Shelly Ibach, president and CEO of Select Comfort

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Richard Davis

Higher Performance Standards

Richard Davis, chairman and CEO of U.S. Bancorp

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David Kvamme

Increasing Diversity In A Diverse Market

David Kvamme, Minnesota CEO and Great Lakes regional president of Wells Fargo

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