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It’s been a mixed year. Productivity is at a near-record high, unemployment is low. But finding qualified labor is getting tougher and tougher, and spending remains modest. With these kinds of challenges, it’s important to know who’s got the insight, experience and smarts that you’ll want to seek out in the year ahead, whether you meet them in person or learn by their example.
It is with this in mind that the editors of Twin Cities Business present our 100 People to Know, or, as we like to call them, the TCB 100, for the year ahead. While many of them lead major organizations and are influential for other reasons, they are not listed here for that reason alone. Rather, they’re included because of how they have overcome—or are facing, with courage, creativity and gusto—major challenges, while using their influence to grow Minnesota’s economy, and support and even boost its social and cultural attributes.
From those at the top of their industry nationally to “hopefuls” who may one day knock it out of the park, you’ll find the people to know in the pages ahead.
The often unheralded leaders who toil in relative obscurity or facilitate the success of CEOs and organizations they represent.
Wielding considerable power and influence, these leaders are newer in their roles, with a wealth of potential and challenges in front of them.
The TCB 100 leaders are notable for accomplished stewardship over a significant tenure.
These execs sit in roles of high scrutiny, roiling with change or controversy, in some cases toiling in “acting” roles awaiting the judgement of an executive search.
These entrepreneurs and rising stars are blazing a trail of ideation and innovation.
Established leaders at the top of their field nationally or internationally.