Some executives thrive on the challenge of steering companies through change and growth. Those are generally the leaders you want on your board of directors. This year’s recipients of TCB’s Outstanding Directors awards lend their professional expertise to many vital Minnesota businesses through board leadership. Combined, the five honorees have served on more than 40 boards in a wide range of fields including health care, education, technology, and finance. These directors are critical to the success and vitality of our business community, though their important role is often behind the scenes. TCB’s annual awards recognize individuals who represent the very best in corporate board service. Thanks to those who submitted nominations and to our selection committee, including Dee Thibodeau, CEO of Charter Solutions, Melodie Rose, shareholder, Fredrikson & Byron, and Michael Vekich, CEO of Vekich Chartered. —Allison Kaplan, editor in chief
For service to Allina Health Systems (2015–present)
For board service to Celcuity Inc. (2014–present)
For Lifetime Achievement
For board service to Fairview Health Services (2010–present)
For board service to Columbus McKinnon Corp. (2017–present), Generac Holdings (2016–present),
and Jones Family of Companies (2016–present).