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.
Lynn Casey, chair and CEO of PadillaCRT
Penny Wheeler, president and CEO of Allina Health
Doug Baker Jr., chairman and CEO of Ecolab
Chris Policinski, president and CEO of Land O'Lakes
Richard Davis, chairman and CEO of U.S. Bancorp
David Kvamme, Minnesota CEO and Great Lakes regional president of Wells Fargo
Sally Smith, president and CEO of Buffalo Wild Wings
Shelly Ibach, president and CEO of Select Comfort
Mark Urdahl, president and CEO of Red Wing Shoe Co.
Vicki Holt, president and CEO of Proto Labs