Notable Executives in Marketing 2021

Our Notable Executives in Marketing hail from virtually every industry: education, health care, finance, transportation, manufacturing, construction, law, economic development, tourism, arts—even a cemetery association—as well as nonprofits and agencies. They are often the faces of their companies, an especially challenging role this past year during a pandemic and a civil rights movement. They juggle a wide range of responsibilities, from public relations and communications, to partnerships and recruiting. These 32 individuals are quick and nimble, always ready to face any challenge head-on.

Methodology: The individuals featured did not pay to be included. Their profiles were drawn from nomination materials. This list is not comprehensive. It includes only people who were nominated and accepted after editorial review. To qualify for this list, individuals must be serving in a C-suite or senior-level marketing role in Minnesota, have at least five years of experience in marketing, and have shown the ability to create significant, positive, and measurable results in their field.

Notable Leaders in finance 2021

Ann Aronson

Ann Aronson

Chief marketing officer, University of Minnesota-University Relations
Since joining the University of Minnesota as chief marketing officer in 2005 after holding management positions at Target and Carmichael Lynch, Ann Aronson has led the university’s central communications and
Nancy Baldrica

Nancy Baldrica

Vice president & chief marketing and development officer, Fraser
In less than two years at Fraser, Nancy Baldrica has reinvigorated the branding and communications of the Richfield-based provider of autism and early childhood mental health services. She has added
Bill Von Bank

Bill Von Bank

Director of marketing and communications, Destination Medical Center (DMC) Economic Development Agency
Since 2017, Bill Von Bank has marketed Rochester’s 20-year, $5.6 billion transformation. He is responsible for marketing strategy and for directing the DMC agency’s internal and external communications to promote
Lisa Bodine

Lisa Bodine

Co-owner & president, Giant Voices
Now president of Giant Voices, a nationally recognized full-service marketing agency based in Duluth, Lisa Bodine has built a sales and marketing career spanning more than 20 years. Her work
Erin Dady

Erin Dady

Chief marketing and public relations officer, Bremer Bank
Almost as soon as Erin Dady joined St. Paul-based Bremer Bank in December 2017, she was tasked with delivering a new brand, a project that also included creating a new
Brian Dahl

Brian Dahl

President & partner, DKY
Since 2006, Brian Dahl has led Eden Prairie-based marketing agency DKY, expanding its core business serving agriculture, outdoor recreation, B2B, and faith-based nonprofit clients. In 2020, DKY increased staff by
Jane Doyon

Jane Doyon

Vice president, marketing, Colder Products Co. (CPC)
Jane Doyon has a track record of helping organizations grow by building awareness and increasing market share. During her 10 years at Roseville-based CPC, which supplies couplings, fittings, and connectors
Julia Gillis

Julia Gillis

Director of marketing and outreach, Lakewood Cemetery Association
Julia Gillis leads development of programs that help support the venerable Minneapolis cemetery’s mission to reimagine the role of a cemetery in modern life. With traditional burial declining in Minnesota
Tara Graff

Tara Graff

Senior vice president of marketing and business development, Hiway Credit Union
Before joining St. Paul-based Hiway in 2018, Tara Graff led marketing and public relations functions at Twin Cities-based Spire Credit Union and served as vice president of marketing and business
Julie Henson

Julie Henson

Chief client officer, Taft
Chief client officer Julie Henson helps Taft’s 600-plus lawyers expand their practices, grow revenue, and spark innovation. Before assuming her current role, she served as director of marketing and client
Melanie Hoffert

Melanie Hoffert

Chief marketing officer, Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation
Melanie Hoffert joined Minnesota’s largest community foundation in 2018 after running her own consultancy and holding leadership roles in both the public and private sectors. A published author and marketer,
Christine Horton

Christine Horton

Vice president of global marketing, Nonin Medical
Within a year of joining Plymouth-based Nonin Medical, whose fingertip pulse oximeter is a key tool in detecting Covid-19 and managing patient health, Christine Horton was helping navigate the organization
Bruce Howard

Bruce Howard

Director of marketing and transit information, Metro Transit
During his 28-plus years at Minneapolis’ Metro Transit, Bruce Howard has helped grow ridership by marketing the region’s two new light rail lines and its first Bus Rapid Transit lines,
Katie Jackson-Richter

Katie Jackson-Richter

Vice president & chief operating officer, Cuneo Advertising
Katie Jackson-Richter, who has been with Bloomington-based Cuneo Advertising since 2005, currently oversees the agency’s digital platform and new business initiatives. Since becoming COO in 2018, she has advocated for
Erica Jensen

Erica Jensen

Senior vice president, member engagement, enrollment, and experience, Be The Match
When Erica Jensen joined Be The Match in 2019 after 20 years driving strategic growth for Fortune 500s, she faced the challenge of addressing disparities on the bone marrow donor
Amy Johnson

Amy Johnson

Director of marketing and leasing, Roers Cos.
A key aspect of Amy Johnson’s role at Minnetonka-based multifamily housing developer Roers Cos. is to ensure that newly constructed properties open at or above the company’s occupancy targets. She
Remi Kent

Remi Kent

Global chief marketing officer, 3M Consumer Business Group
Remi Kent joined 3M in 2013 after nearly five years marketing and managing billion-dollar brands for Procter & Gamble. At Maplewood-based 3M, she is responsible for delivering profitable growth for
Matt Kucharski

Matt Kucharski

President, Padilla
As president of the Minneapolis-based communications agency, Matt Kucharski has planned and implemented strategic communications, brand building, and reputation management for clients across Padilla’s six nationwide offices. In 2020, he
Margie Lindberg

Margie Lindberg

Vice president of marketing, sales, and product management, UCare
Margie Lindberg is responsible for creating and selling health plans that meet the needs of Minneapolis-based UCare’s diverse membership in Minnesota and Wisconsin. In 2018, she led work to redesign
Rohit Mull

Rohit Mull

Chief marketing officer, Thrivent
In 2020, Minneapolis-based Thrivent merged separate teams in brand and marketing to create an integrated marketing function, spearheaded by a new chief marketing officer. Rohit Mull moved from New Jersey