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

1Benjamin FowkeChairman, CEO, and president, Xcel Energy
2Brittany MckinneyCEO and president, Analysts International Corporation
3Carl CasaleCEO and president, CHS
4Eric KalerPresident, University of Minnesota
5Jay LundCEO and president, Anderson Corporation
6Joseph PuishyaCEO, Apogee Enterprises
7Larry RenfroCEO, Optum
8Michele TafoyaReporter, NBC Sunday Night Football Afternoon
drive-time show host, WCCO-AM
9Mike BuchnerCEO, Fallon
10Mike NelsonManaging Partner, Minneapolis Office, McGladrey
11Omar IshrakChair and CEO, Medtronic
12Randy PearcePresident, Regis Corporation
13Rhonda OlsenCEO, Great Clips
14   Steven RosenstoneChancellor, MnSCU

Behind the Scenes

15Ann Cathcart ChaplinManaging Principal, Fish & Richardson
16Dominic VenturoChief Innovation Officer for Payment Services, U.S. Bancorp
17Gail BoudreauxExecutive Vice President, UnitedHealth Group;
CEO, UnitedHealth Care
18Inge ThulinExecutive Vice President and Cheif Operating Officer, 3M
19Judy PoferlCEO and President, Northern States Power, Minnesota
20Juliana ChuggSenior Vice President, General Mills;
President, Pillsbury USA
21Laysha WardPresident of Community Relations, Target Corporation;
President, Target Foundation
22Todd TaylorCofounder of the Clean Technology Group, Fredrikson & Byron

Game Changers

23Abir SenCEO, Bloom Health
24Blois OlsonExecutive Vice President, Tunheim Partners
25Dallas MeyerFounder, President, and Cheif Technology Officer, TenKsolar
26Daniel RyanCEO, RedBrick Health Corporation
27David TilfordCEO and President, Medica
28Doug RuthCEO and Founder, EarthClean Corporation
29Joel KramerFounder and CEO, MinnPost.com
30John Van DineCEO and President, Sage Electrochromics
31Kate IversonCreative Director, Permanent Art and Design Group
32Marc VerbruggenCEO and President, NatureWorks
33Mark EustisCEO, Fairview Health Services
34Nadim YaredCEO and Presiden, CVRx
35Paul WagnerChairman and CEO, Minnesota Wire
36Rick KupchellaCofounder, I.E. Network and BringMeTheNews
37Steve FlaggFounder and CEO, Quality Bicycle Parts


38Andrew EklundFounder and CEO, Ciceron
39Dennis RyanCheif Creative Officer, Olson
40Elizabeth RedleafCEO, Werc Werk Works
41Joe DuffyFounder and Creative Director, Duffy and Partners
42Kai WorrellCEO, Worrel Design
43Mark AddicksSenior Vice Presiden and Cheif Marketing Officer, General Mills
44Mauro PorciniHead of Global Strategic Design, 3M
45Michael HartFounder and Creative Co-Chair, Mono
46Tanya SpauldingPrincipal, Shea
47Tim LarsenFounder and President, Larsen
48Tina WilcoxCEO and Creative director, Black


49Al AnnexstadChairman, Federation Insurance Companies
50Bill AustinFounder and CEO, Starkey Laboratories
51Bradford HewittCEO and President, Thricent Financial for Lutherans
52Brian DunnCEO, Best Buy Company
53Craig HerkertPresident adn CEO, Supervalu
54David FrauenshuhCEO and Founder, Frauenshuh Commercial Real Estate Group
55George BuckleyChairman, CEO, and President, 3M Company
56Gregg SteinhafelCWO and President, Target Corporation
57Gregory PageChairman and CEO, Cargill
58Hubert JolyCEO and President, Carlson
59Ken PowellCWO and Presidenr, General Mills
60Richars DavisCEO, U.S. Bancorp
61Stanley HubbardChairman, Hubbard Broadcasting
62Stephen HemsleyCEO and President, UnitedHealth Group

Social Entrepreneurs

63Brad BrownExecutive Director, Social Venture Partners of Minnesota
64Dana NelsonExecutive Director, GiveMN
65Ellen WalthourExecutive Director, BrandLab
66Fred HabermanCEO, Haberman and Associates
67Jacquie BerglundCEO, Finnegans
68Jennifer Ford ReedyChief of Staff and Vice President of Strategy, Minnesota Philanthropy Partners
69Joseph SelvaggioCEO, MicroGrants
70Matthew HemsleyFounder and Executive Director, LEAD
71Peter HeegaardFounder and Director, Urban Adventure
72Peter HutchinsonPresidetn, Bush Foundation
73Steve Rothschild
& Art Berman
Founder and Chairman; CEO and President, Twin Cities Rise!

Agents of Innovation

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

Captians of Industry

85Andrew HumphreyManaging Partner, Faegre & Benson
86Andy McNamaraEditor-in-chief, Game Informer magazine
87Chris NeugentChairman and CEO, Malt-O-Meal
88Douglas BakerChairman, President, and CEO, Ecolab
89Greg KurowskiCEO and President, Periscope
90Gordon ViereCEO, LarsonAllen
91Jeffrey EttingerChairman, CEOm and President, Hormel Foods Corporation
92Joel RonningFounder, Chairman, and CEO, Digital River
93John KoneckPresident, Fredrikson & Byron
94Kevin DiLorenzoCEO and President, Olson
95Kevin PowersPresident, Twin Cities area and North Dakota, Bremer Bank
96Lynn CaseyChair and CEO, Padilla Speer Beardsley
97Marianne ShortManaging Partner, Dorsey & Whitney
98Mary BrainerdCEO and President, HealthPartners
99Mike TattersfieldCEO and President, Caribou Coffee Company
100Randall HoganChairman and CEO, Pentair
107Ron FagenChairman, Fagen
102Sally SmithCEO and President, Buffalo Wild Wings
103Sara GavinPresident, Weber Shandwick – Minneapolis
104Scott WineCEO, Polaris Industries
105Stan GadekCEO and President, Sun Country Airlines
106Steve WehrenbergCEO, Campbell Mithun
107Stuart HarveyCEO and President, Ceridian Corporation
108Susan MarvinPresident, Marvin Windows and Doors
109Tom GunkelCEO and President, Mortenson Construction
110William CooperChairman and CEO, TCF Financial Corporation

Builders of the Outstate Economy

111Chuck MootyCEO and Co-Owner, Faribault Woolen Mills
112Dale KlapmeierCEO, Cirrus Design
113Greg FlackCEO, President, and Chief Operating Officer, Schwan Food Company
114Joel ConnerCEO and chairman, Bellisio Foods
115Larry LehtinenCEO and Principal Owner, Magnetation
116Mark DavisCEO, Davisco Foods International
117Michael HelgesonCEO, GNP Company
118Reggie ClowCEO and President, Clow Stamping
119Tony SertichCommissioner, Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board
120Willard ObertonCEO and President, Fastenal
121William SweasyChairman and CEO, Red Wing Show Company

Job Advocates

122Dale WahlstromCEO and President, LifeScience Alley and the
BioBusiness Alliance of Minnesota
123Dan CarrFounder and CEO, The Collaborative
124Jeremy LenzChief Operations Officer, BioBusiness Alliance of Minnesota
125Kathy TunheimFounder and CEO, Tunheim Partners
126Margaret Anderson KelliherPresident, Minnesota High Tech Association
127Michael LangleyCEO, Greater MSP
128Todd LeonardExecutive Director, Minnesota Angel Network

Sophisticated Users of Technology

129Jon WikstromChair, CEO, and President, Cool Clean Technologies
130Mark AhlstromCEO, WindLogics
131Michael JonesChief Information Officer, National Marrow Doner Program and Be the Match
132Ralph AwadDirector of Data Center Operations, Visi
133Rick BornCEO, RBA Consulting
134Rick KingChief Technology Officer, professional division, Thomson Reuters
135Scott BurnsCEO, GovDelivery

Feeding Trends in Food and Drink

136Alex RobertsOwner and Executive Chef, Restaurant Alma and
Brasa Premiun Rotisserie
137Brian McElrath and
Christine Walthour
Owners, B.T. McElrath Chocolatier
138Isaac BeckerCo-Owner and Executive Chef, 112 Eatery and Bar La Grassa
139Kam TalebiCEO, Kaskaid Hospitality
140Kieren FolliardFounder, 2 gingers Whiskey Company
141Majdi WadiOwner and CEO, Holy Land Brand, Inc.
142Mark StutrudFounder and President,  Summit Brewing Company
143Omar AnsariFounder and President, Surly Brewing Company
144Paul DzubnarCEO, Green Mill Restaurants
145Phil RobertsCo-Founder and Chair, Parasole Restaurant Holdings
146Russell (Tres) JundCEO, Lund Food Holdings, Inc.
147Ted MartiPresident, August Schell Brewing Company
148Tim McKeeOwner and Executive Chef, La Belle Vie

Sports Figures

149Adrian PetersonRunning back, Minnesota Vikings
150Brock LesnarProfessional wrestler, WWE
151Craig LeipoldOwner, Minnesota Wild
152Jerry KillHead Coach, University of Minnesota Golden Gophers Football
153Joe MauerCatcher, Minnesota Twins
154Justin MorneauFirst baseman, Minnesota Twins
156Kris HumphriesFree agent power forward, National Basketball Association
157Leslie FrazierHead Coach, Minnesota Vikings
158Lindsay WhalenGuard, Minnesota Lynx
159Lindsey VonnOlympic Skier
160Matt CullenCenter, Minnesota Wild
161Mike VeeckCo-Owner and President, St. Paul Saints
162Ricky RubioPoint guard, Minnesota Timberwolves
163Ron GargenhireManager, Minnesota Twins

Minnesotans on the National Stage

164Garrison KeillerRadio host and author
165Harvey MackayFounder and Chairman, MackayMitchell Envelope
166Kristina HalcorsonFounder and CEO, Brain Traffic
167Lorna LandvikBestselling author
168Michele BackmannRepublican Presidential Candidate, U.S. Congresswoman, Minnesota
169Michele TafoyaNBC's Sunday Night Football
170Mitch PearlsteinFounder and President, Center of the American Experiment
171Steven LeutholdFounder, The Leuthold Group

Executive Recruiters

172Gary NygaardCEO, Northland Employment Services
173Jim JohnsonFounder, Specialized Recruiting
174John NymarkPresident, Nycor Search
175Ty AndersonManaging Principal, Andcor

Sources of Financing – Early Stage

176Andrew PulkrabekCEO and Managing Partnet, Coordinate Capital
177Darren AchesonManaging Director, Mill City Capital
178Gary SmabyPrincipal, Square One Ventures
179Glen D. NelsonChairman, GDN Holdings
180John LarsonManaging Director, Clique Capital
181Joy LindsayCo-Founder and President, StarTec Investments
182Paul KnappCEO and President, Space Center Ventures

Sources of Financing – Later Stage

183B. Kristine JohnsonPresident, Affinity Capital Management
184Buzz BensonManaging Director, SightLine Partners
185Christopher SmithManaging Director, Coral Group
186Edson Spencer, Jr.Chairman, Addinity Capital Management
187Peter McNerneyPartner, Thomas, McNerney & Partners
188Steve MercilPrincipal, InvestAmerica

Wealthiest Minnesotans

189Barbara Carlson GageCo-Owner and Director, Carlson Companies
Co-Owner, Vice Chair, and Director, Gage Marketing Group
190Glen TaylorOwner, Minnesota Timberwolves and Minnesota Lynx
Chairman and interim CEO, Taylor Corporation
191Marilyn Carlson NelsonCo-Owner and Chair, Carlson
192Richard SchulzeFounder and Chairman, Best Buy
193Whitney MacmillanCEO and Chairman Emeritus, Gargill

Theater and the Arts

194Eric JollyPresident, Science Museum of Minnesota
195Joe DowlingArtistic Director, Guthrie Theater
196Kaywin FeldmanDirector and President, Minneapolis Institure of Arts
197Lou BellamyArtistic Director, Penumbra Theater
198Olga VisoExecutive Director, Walker Art Center
199Patricia MitchellCEO, Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
200Thomas HochPresident and CEO, Hennepin Theatre Trust

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