2019 Minnesota Business Hall of Fame

TCB inducts five new leaders into the Minnesota Business Hall of Fame.
2019 Minnesota Business Hall of Fame

An eye for opportunity. A steadfast work ethic. Focus. Decisiveness. A commitment to nurture talent and a concern for the greater community. From fields as varied as construction, protein delivery, and hair salons, these are the common traits that link our 2019 Minnesota Business Hall of Fame inductees.

Over the past 20 years, Twin Cities Business has inducted dozens of the most influential and accomplished Minnesota leaders into the Minnesota Business Hall of Fame. This milestone year is no exception. They are trailblazers in their fields and deeply committed to building business in the state they call home.

Kelly Doran founded Doran Cos. in 2007 after a successful career as a retail property developer. His leadership and market instincts created a firm that is now one of the most prolific developers in the Midwest. Doran’s forte has become developing and building award-winning, eye-catching rental apartment projects.

Sara Gavin has a talent for crafting effective public relations strategies that was elevated as a partner of Mona, Meyer, McGrath & Gavin. She was catapulted to a huge stage when that local firm was purchased by a global business. Now, as the president of Weber Shandwick, North America, she shapes the firm’s direction and oversees teams in 25 offices in the U.S. and Canada. Highly respected by long-standing clients, she adheres to the core tenets of honesty, trust, truth, reputation, and purpose.

Bob Hageman started J&B Group with a $15,000 loan and built it into a $750 million powerhouse. Perhaps best known for its No Name Steaks, the 40-year-old St. Michael–based company operates a diversified set of businesses that cater to retail and food service industries. His son is now CEO, but Hageman’s customer-first philosophy continues to shape the company culture.

Rhoda Olsen is the heart and soul of Great Clips, as well as the force behind its tremendous growth from regional salon chain to national enterprise with more than 4,400 franchise locations. Olsen rose through the ranks of the company her brother Ray Barton co-founded in 1982. After serving as CEO for seven years, she is now vice chair of the board, she continues to influence the vision, guide leadership, and inspire Great Clips 1,200 franchisees and 40,000 stylists.

Pat Ryan has spent more than 35 years in leadership at the company originally founded by his grandfather. He built Ryan Cos. into a nationally respected development and construction business. After serving as president and CEO for a decade, he remains involved in the key role of chairman of the board. He is also well known for his extensive work with Twin Cities nonprofit and community organizations.

Learn more about our 2019 Minnesota Business Hall of Fame inductees on the following pages, and join us as we recognize their work at our annual Hall of Fame Awards Dinner on July 30.

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Hall of Fame Awards: July 30

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Sara Gavin

Sara Gavin

After four decades in PR, the “founding mother” of Weber Shandwick’s values leads its North American offices and remains focused on the heart of communications: the people.
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