A National Entrepreneur of the Year
Jack Link, CEO of Minong, Wisconsin–based Jack Link’s Beef Jerky, is Ernst & Young’s national Entrepreneur of the Year in the Retail and Consumer Products category. Twin Cities Business covered Link last August, after he won in the regional (Minnesota, Dakotas, Wisconsin) Entrepreneur of the Year competition.
If it seems as though you see Link’s products in every convenience store you enter, there’s a reason. Judges noted that in the past five years, Link’s strategic marketing and strong sales and distribution network have taken the company from a 27 percent share of the snack-meat market to 50 percent.
Mort Mortenson, Jr., of M. A. Mortenson construction was also a national finalist.