2019 Beyond Minnesota Winners and Finalists

2019 Beyond Minnesota Winners and Finalists


Carl Imo

President Imo’s Franchising Inc./Roma Grocery

Founded: 1964

Headquarters: St. Louis, Mo.

Employees: More than 4,000

Mission: Serves as a franchisor of 100 pizza parlors and a wholesaler and dry goods distributor for franchisees, stores, and restaurants.

Major impact: Carl Imo became president in 2015 and made a number of changes to increase the growth trajectory of the company and ensure it is around to do business in the future. To establish better brand consistency, Imo consolidated satellite offices and auxiliary companies into one headquarters location that is 72,000 square feet. The company also upgraded its warehouse equipment. He strengthened the consolidation effort by hiring key personnel in technology, accounting, franchise law, and warehouse management.


Alan Doan


Mike Mifsud

CEO Missouri Star Quilt Co.

Founded: 2008

Headquarters: Hamilton, Mo.

Employees: More than 400

Mission: To inspire people to be creative through quilting.

Major impact: Located in a town of 1,800, the Missouri Star Quilt Co. was born when Doan’s mother started sewing quilts to supplement her retirement income. After offering basic quilting supplies and machine quilting services, Missouri Star created a website and Doan’s mother began doing quilting tutorials on YouTube. The business took off. Hamilton is a quilting mecca, with 13 quilt shops, three restaurants, and a quilting retreat center. Missouri Star says it offers the biggest selection of quilting fabrics in the world.


Matt Bruckel

Founder, CEO, and president Total Access Urgent Care

Founded: 2008

Headquarters: Ballwin, Mo.

Employees: Not available

Mission: To act as the cure for the long waits, high costs, and impersonal care that plague the emergency medicine system.

Major impact: Bruckel, an emergency medicine physician, invested his savings to establish Total Access, which served its millionth patient in February. In the greater St. Louis area, it serves patients by providing fast, friendly, and affordable health care. Its services are one-eighth of the cost of hospitals and one-fourth of the cost of hospital urgent cares. Total Care has been operating from 22 locations, but Bruckel plans to provide care at 27 locations by the end of the year.


Ron Carson

Founder and CEO Carson Group

Founded: 1983

Headquarters: Omaha, Neb.

Employees: Not available

Mission: Serves financial advisors and investors by providing financial advice, coaching, and partnership services.


Thomas Cardella

Founder and president Thomas L. Cardella and Associates

Founded: 2007

Headquarters: Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Employees: Not available

Mission: Operating a results-oriented contact center that focuses on delivering high-quality customer service to support long-term relationships.


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