200 Minnesotans You Should Know: 2011 Edition

From rising stars and agents of change to industry titans, creative geniuses, sports leaders, and celebrities, meet the people to know about and, if possible, get to know.
200 Minnesotans You Should Know: 2011 Edition

There are the usual “people to know”—the ones that show up in the top half of local Top 25 lists or are most cited when you ask whom you should network with. And then there are the other people to know—the ones who are, in many ways, more active in shaping our communities, our social fabric, our state's economy, and our sense of identity.

They're the titans and captains of industry who lead global businesses employing thousands of people, but who also still participate on corporate and philanthropic boards, and give their time and dollars to help support charitable and community causes back here in Minnesota.

They're the behind-the-scenes leaders who make the CEOs you've heard about look as good as they do.

They're the personalities who bring us pride—or make us cringe—when representing us on the national stage. 

And they're a dozen other types of leaders categorized into this year's edition of Twin Cities Business's 200 Minnesotans You Should Know, including up-and-coming leaders, agents of innovation, and builders of the outstate economy.

All are uniquely interesting, intelligent, and accomplished. They are influential not only because of the positions they hold and challenges they are overcoming, but because of the networks they connect with and support. And they're definitely Minnesotans you should know.

Click here to read about each of the 200 Minnesotans You Should Know in the digital edition of Twin Cities Business' December 2011 issue.


New at the Top

1 Benjamin Fowke Chairman, CEO, and president, Xcel Energy
2 Brittany Mckinney CEO and president, Analysts International Corporation
3 Carl Casale CEO and president, CHS
4 Eric Kaler President, University of Minnesota
5 Jay Lund CEO and president, Anderson Corporation
6 Joseph Puishya CEO, Apogee Enterprises
7 Larry Renfro CEO, Optum
8 Michele Tafoya Reporter, NBC Sunday Night Football Afternoon
drive-time show host, WCCO-AM
9 Mike Buchner CEO, Fallon
10 Mike Nelson Managing Partner, Minneapolis Office, McGladrey
11 Omar Ishrak Chair and CEO, Medtronic
12 Randy Pearce President, Regis Corporation
13 Rhonda Olsen CEO, Great Clips
14    Steven Rosenstone Chancellor, MnSCU

Behind the Scenes

15 Ann Cathcart Chaplin Managing Principal, Fish & Richardson
16 Dominic Venturo Chief Innovation Officer for Payment Services, U.S. Bancorp
17 Gail Boudreaux Executive Vice President, UnitedHealth Group;
CEO, UnitedHealth Care
18 Inge Thulin Executive Vice President and Cheif Operating Officer, 3M
19 Judy Poferl CEO and President, Northern States Power, Minnesota
20 Juliana Chugg Senior Vice President, General Mills;
President, Pillsbury USA
21 Laysha Ward President of Community Relations, Target Corporation;
President, Target Foundation
22 Todd Taylor Cofounder of the Clean Technology Group, Fredrikson & Byron

Game Changers

23 Abir Sen CEO, Bloom Health
24 Blois Olson Executive Vice President, Tunheim Partners
25 Dallas Meyer Founder, President, and Cheif Technology Officer, TenKsolar
26 Daniel Ryan CEO, RedBrick Health Corporation
27 David Tilford CEO and President, Medica
28 Doug Ruth CEO and Founder, EarthClean Corporation
29 Joel Kramer Founder and CEO, MinnPost.com
30 John Van Dine CEO and President, Sage Electrochromics
31 Kate Iverson Creative Director, Permanent Art and Design Group
32 Marc Verbruggen CEO and President, NatureWorks
33 Mark Eustis CEO, Fairview Health Services
34 Nadim Yared CEO and Presiden, CVRx
35 Paul Wagner Chairman and CEO, Minnesota Wire
36 Rick Kupchella Cofounder, I.E. Network and BringMeTheNews
37 Steve Flagg Founder and CEO, Quality Bicycle Parts


38 Andrew Eklund Founder and CEO, Ciceron
39 Dennis Ryan Cheif Creative Officer, Olson
40 Elizabeth Redleaf CEO, Werc Werk Works
41 Joe Duffy Founder and Creative Director, Duffy and Partners
42 Kai Worrell CEO, Worrel Design
43 Mark Addicks Senior Vice Presiden and Cheif Marketing Officer, General Mills
44 Mauro Porcini Head of Global Strategic Design, 3M
45 Michael Hart Founder and Creative Co-Chair, Mono
46 Tanya Spaulding Principal, Shea
47 Tim Larsen Founder and President, Larsen
48 Tina Wilcox CEO and Creative director, Black


49 Al Annexstad Chairman, Federation Insurance Companies
50 Bill Austin Founder and CEO, Starkey Laboratories
51 Bradford Hewitt CEO and President, Thricent Financial for Lutherans
52 Brian Dunn CEO, Best Buy Company
53 Craig Herkert President adn CEO, Supervalu
54 David Frauenshuh CEO and Founder, Frauenshuh Commercial Real Estate Group
55 George Buckley Chairman, CEO, and President, 3M Company
56 Gregg Steinhafel CWO and President, Target Corporation
57 Gregory Page Chairman and CEO, Cargill
58 Hubert Joly CEO and President, Carlson
59 Ken Powell CWO and Presidenr, General Mills
60 Richars Davis CEO, U.S. Bancorp
61 Stanley Hubbard Chairman, Hubbard Broadcasting
62 Stephen Hemsley CEO and President, UnitedHealth Group

Social Entrepreneurs

63 Brad Brown Executive Director, Social Venture Partners of Minnesota
64 Dana Nelson Executive Director, GiveMN
65 Ellen Walthour Executive Director, BrandLab
66 Fred Haberman CEO, Haberman and Associates
67 Jacquie Berglund CEO, Finnegans
68 Jennifer Ford Reedy Chief of Staff and Vice President of Strategy, Minnesota Philanthropy Partners
69 Joseph Selvaggio CEO, MicroGrants
70 Matthew Hemsley Founder and Executive Director, LEAD
71 Peter Heegaard Founder and Director, Urban Adventure
72 Peter Hutchinson Presidetn, Bush Foundation
73 Steve Rothschild
& Art Berman
Founder and Chairman; CEO and President, Twin Cities Rise!

Agents of Innovation

74 Bob Kill CEO and President, Enterprise Minnesota
75 Cem Erdem CEO and Founder, Project Skyway
76 Don Ball &
Kyle Coolbroth
Co-Founders, CoCo
77 Ernest Grumbles &
Brad Lehrman
Co-Founders, Mojo Minnesota
78 James Damian Founder, James Damian Brand Integration Services
79 Jay Coogan President, Minneapolis College of Art and Design
80 Jeff Pesek &
Mike Bollinger
Co-Founders, TECHdotMN
81 Jeffrey Robbins Founder, AngelPolleNation
82 Justin Kaster Regional Director, Cleantech Open's North Central Region
83 Lars Leafblad Principal, KeyStone Search
84 Uri Neren Founder and CEO, Generate Companies

Captians of Industry

85 Andrew Humphrey Managing Partner, Faegre & Benson
86 Andy McNamara Editor-in-chief, Game Informer magazine
87 Chris Neugent Chairman and CEO, Malt-O-Meal
88 Douglas Baker Chairman, President, and CEO, Ecolab
89 Greg Kurowski CEO and President, Periscope
90 Gordon Viere CEO, LarsonAllen
91 Jeffrey Ettinger Chairman, CEOm and President, Hormel Foods Corporation
92 Joel Ronning Founder, Chairman, and CEO, Digital River
93 John Koneck President, Fredrikson & Byron
94 Kevin DiLorenzo CEO and President, Olson
95 Kevin Powers President, Twin Cities area and North Dakota, Bremer Bank
96 Lynn Casey Chair and CEO, Padilla Speer Beardsley
97 Marianne Short Managing Partner, Dorsey & Whitney
98 Mary Brainerd CEO and President, HealthPartners
99 Mike Tattersfield CEO and President, Caribou Coffee Company
100 Randall Hogan Chairman and CEO, Pentair
107 Ron Fagen Chairman, Fagen
102 Sally Smith CEO and President, Buffalo Wild Wings
103 Sara Gavin President, Weber Shandwick – Minneapolis
104 Scott Wine CEO, Polaris Industries
105 Stan Gadek CEO and President, Sun Country Airlines
106 Steve Wehrenberg CEO, Campbell Mithun
107 Stuart Harvey CEO and President, Ceridian Corporation
108 Susan Marvin President, Marvin Windows and Doors
109 Tom Gunkel CEO and President, Mortenson Construction
110 William Cooper Chairman and CEO, TCF Financial Corporation

Builders of the Outstate Economy

111 Chuck Mooty CEO and Co-Owner, Faribault Woolen Mills
112 Dale Klapmeier CEO, Cirrus Design
113 Greg Flack CEO, President, and Chief Operating Officer, Schwan Food Company
114 Joel Conner CEO and chairman, Bellisio Foods
115 Larry Lehtinen CEO and Principal Owner, Magnetation
116 Mark Davis CEO, Davisco Foods International
117 Michael Helgeson CEO, GNP Company
118 Reggie Clow CEO and President, Clow Stamping
119 Tony Sertich Commissioner, Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board
120 Willard Oberton CEO and President, Fastenal
121 William Sweasy Chairman and CEO, Red Wing Show Company

Job Advocates

122 Dale Wahlstrom CEO and President, LifeScience Alley and the
BioBusiness Alliance of Minnesota
123 Dan Carr Founder and CEO, The Collaborative
124 Jeremy Lenz Chief Operations Officer, BioBusiness Alliance of Minnesota
125 Kathy Tunheim Founder and CEO, Tunheim Partners
126 Margaret Anderson Kelliher President, Minnesota High Tech Association
127 Michael Langley CEO, Greater MSP
128 Todd Leonard Executive Director, Minnesota Angel Network

Sophisticated Users of Technology

129 Jon Wikstrom Chair, CEO, and President, Cool Clean Technologies
130 Mark Ahlstrom CEO, WindLogics
131 Michael Jones Chief Information Officer, National Marrow Doner Program and Be the Match
132 Ralph Awad Director of Data Center Operations, Visi
133 Rick Born CEO, RBA Consulting
134 Rick King Chief Technology Officer, professional division, Thomson Reuters
135 Scott Burns CEO, GovDelivery

Feeding Trends in Food and Drink

136 Alex Roberts Owner and Executive Chef, Restaurant Alma and
Brasa Premiun Rotisserie
137 Brian McElrath and
Christine Walthour
Owners, B.T. McElrath Chocolatier
138 Isaac Becker Co-Owner and Executive Chef, 112 Eatery and Bar La Grassa
139 Kam Talebi CEO, Kaskaid Hospitality
140 Kieren Folliard Founder, 2 gingers Whiskey Company
141 Majdi Wadi Owner and CEO, Holy Land Brand, Inc.
142 Mark Stutrud Founder and President,  Summit Brewing Company
143 Omar Ansari Founder and President, Surly Brewing Company
144 Paul Dzubnar CEO, Green Mill Restaurants
145 Phil Roberts Co-Founder and Chair, Parasole Restaurant Holdings
146 Russell (Tres) Jund CEO, Lund Food Holdings, Inc.
147 Ted Marti President, August Schell Brewing Company
148 Tim McKee Owner and Executive Chef, La Belle Vie

Sports Figures

149 Adrian Peterson Running back, Minnesota Vikings
150 Brock Lesnar Professional wrestler, WWE
151 Craig Leipold Owner, Minnesota Wild
152 Jerry Kill Head Coach, University of Minnesota Golden Gophers Football
153 Joe Mauer Catcher, Minnesota Twins
154 Justin Morneau First baseman, Minnesota Twins
156 Kris Humphries Free agent power forward, National Basketball Association
157 Leslie Frazier Head Coach, Minnesota Vikings
158 Lindsay Whalen Guard, Minnesota Lynx
159 Lindsey Vonn Olympic Skier
160 Matt Cullen Center, Minnesota Wild
161 Mike Veeck Co-Owner and President, St. Paul Saints
162 Ricky Rubio Point guard, Minnesota Timberwolves
163 Ron Gargenhire Manager, Minnesota Twins

Minnesotans on the National Stage

164 Garrison Keiller Radio host and author
165 Harvey Mackay Founder and Chairman, MackayMitchell Envelope
166 Kristina Halcorson Founder and CEO, Brain Traffic
167 Lorna Landvik Bestselling author
168 Michele Backmann Republican Presidential Candidate, U.S. Congresswoman, Minnesota
169 Michele Tafoya NBC's Sunday Night Football
170 Mitch Pearlstein Founder and President, Center of the American Experiment
171 Steven Leuthold Founder, The Leuthold Group

Executive Recruiters

172 Gary Nygaard CEO, Northland Employment Services
173 Jim Johnson Founder, Specialized Recruiting
174 John Nymark President, Nycor Search
175 Ty Anderson Managing Principal, Andcor

Sources of Financing – Early Stage

176 Andrew Pulkrabek CEO and Managing Partnet, Coordinate Capital
177 Darren Acheson Managing Director, Mill City Capital
178 Gary Smaby Principal, Square One Ventures
179 Glen D. Nelson Chairman, GDN Holdings
180 John Larson Managing Director, Clique Capital
181 Joy Lindsay Co-Founder and President, StarTec Investments
182 Paul Knapp CEO and President, Space Center Ventures

Sources of Financing – Later Stage

183 B. Kristine Johnson President, Affinity Capital Management
184 Buzz Benson Managing Director, SightLine Partners
185 Christopher Smith Managing Director, Coral Group
186 Edson Spencer, Jr. Chairman, Addinity Capital Management
187 Peter McNerney Partner, Thomas, McNerney & Partners
188 Steve Mercil Principal, InvestAmerica

Wealthiest Minnesotans

189 Barbara Carlson Gage Co-Owner and Director, Carlson Companies
Co-Owner, Vice Chair, and Director, Gage Marketing Group
190 Glen Taylor Owner, Minnesota Timberwolves and Minnesota Lynx
Chairman and interim CEO, Taylor Corporation
191 Marilyn Carlson Nelson Co-Owner and Chair, Carlson
192 Richard Schulze Founder and Chairman, Best Buy
193 Whitney Macmillan CEO and Chairman Emeritus, Gargill

Theater and the Arts

194 Eric Jolly President, Science Museum of Minnesota
195 Joe Dowling Artistic Director, Guthrie Theater
196 Kaywin Feldman Director and President, Minneapolis Institure of Arts
197 Lou Bellamy Artistic Director, Penumbra Theater
198 Olga Viso Executive Director, Walker Art Center
199 Patricia Mitchell CEO, Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
200 Thomas Hoch President and CEO, Hennepin Theatre Trust

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