TCB Talks: Growth Strategies

TCB Talks: Growth Strategies

Leaders of four fast-growing Minnesota-based companies share advice for staying on track during an economic downturn.

For many successful companies, growth is a mindset, and one that doesn’t waver, even during an economic downturn like the one brought on by Covid-19. Twin Cities Business brought together leaders from four Minnesota companies in constant growth mode, from Drake’s Organic Spirits founder Mark Anderson, who is projecting $50 million in sales this year for his two-year-old beverage company, to Brett Weiss, president and CEO of wsb, the Golden Valley-based engineering and design consultancy that has made a habit of acquiring other firms throughout its 25-year history. Our panel also included Jeff Gau, CEO of Marco, who has led the St. Cloud-based technology company through 46 acquisitions and a takeover by Norwest Equity Partners, and Brett MacKinnon, senior vice presidents of sales for SportsEngine, who discussed the Minneapolis-based startup’s leadership transition after its it was acquired by NBC Group and its founder exited. In a wide-ranging conversation, our experts discussed the pandemic impact on their businesses, maintaining company culture while working remotely, and strategies to continue growing. Moderated by Editor-in-Chief Allison Kaplan.

Mark Anderson, Founder & CEO of Drake’s Organic Spirits
Jeff Gau, CEO of Marco
Brett MacKinnon, SVP of Sales of SportsEngine, Inc.
Bret Weiss, President & CEO of WSB

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