Verified: Product Recommendations from Business Leaders in 2019

Busy executives share the products and services they’re loving, on and off the job.

Verified: Product Recommendations from Business Leaders in 2019




“I am personally and professionally interested in this app for sports and outdoor companies to connect with influencers, and for influencers to try their gear at a discount.”

—Matt Kucharski, president, Padilla, Minneapolis


Peloton app

“The app makes it possible for me to take a Peloton class anywhere—like in my home gym, at the club, or on the road.”

—Jacqueline Crowley, managing director, CIBC Private Wealth Management, Minneapolis




Becoming by Michelle Obama

“She’s very candid, as we’ve known her to be. Any woman can benefit from reading this book because she’s so sophisticated and articulate. To remain as graceful as she did [through her experiences], that’s priceless.”

—Natalie Morrow, founder/CEO, Twin Cities Black Film Festival, The Morrow Group

Plymouth-based Studio 120 handled the replication and packaging of the “Becoming” audio CD—90,000 16-disc sets so far.

The Go-Giver: A Little Story About a Powerful Business Idea, by Bob Burg and John David Mann

“I was raised that you give onto others and it will come back to you tenfold. This book takes that to a whole new level. It is simple and has ideas that you can implement right away to help you lead a more authentic and happy life.”

—Nicole N. Middendorf, CEO, Prosperwell Financial, Plymouth



Tech Tool

Apple Pencil

“It automatically pairs and charges when magnetically attached to the new 11-inch iPad. It’s a wonderful blend of function and fun!”

—David Kristal, CEO and co-chairman, Augeo Affinity Marketing, St. Paul




Meal Delivery | Hello Fresh

“As a busy executive with a toddler, anything I can outsource, I do. Hello Fresh took away meal planning and builds in accountability that our family will prepare at least two home-cooked meals a week. The meals are good (some are better than others) and for around $70 weekly, there are weeks where we save money because we’re eating out less. It doesn’t hurt that the meals are fairly healthy, too.”

—Dara Beevas, chief strategic officer, Wise Ink Creative Publishing, Minneapolis



“It’s a full-body release to every kind of stress.”

—Scott Michaelis, vice president/general manager, Rosedale Center, Roseville


Photo By: Staff Sgt. Clinton Firstbrook


“I play on a co-ed team through Minneapolis parks [department] and a women’s team at Augsburg College. It’s a crazy good workout and a total blast.”

—Jennifer Lammers, attorney, Briggs and Morgan, Minneapolis



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