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

Marnie Ochs-Raleigh

Marnie Ochs-Raleigh

CEO, Evolve Systems
Marnie Ochs-Raleigh has been leading St. Paul-based Evolve Systems, a branding, design, digital marketing, and website development agency, since 2001. In 2020, she retained and brought on additional staff members
Daniel Owen

Daniel Owen

Chief strategy and marketing officer, Robins Kaplan
Daniel Owen’s work includes determining what the Minneapolis-based law firm’s clients will want in the next two to five years, and how to deliver it. Over the past year, Owen’s
Jörg Pierach

Jörg Pierach

Founder, Fast Horse
Jörg Pierach launched Minneapolis-based integrated creative agency Fast Horse in 2001. Under his direction, Fast Horse has executed numerous award-winning projects for a client roster that includes Coca-Cola, Heineken, and
Kristin Prestegaard

Kristin Prestegaard

Chief engagement officer, Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia)
At Mia, Kristin Prestegaard oversees the audience engagement division, a role which encompasses marketing, public relations, design and editorial, social media, and visitor experience. She also plays a key role
Molly Rice

Molly Rice

Co-founder, president, & CEO, Spyglass
Since launching Minneapolis-based strategic brand consultancy Spyglass in 2001, Molly Rice has created and implemented brand strategies, marketing campaigns, and customer experience strategies for dozens of underserved small and mid-sized
Courtney S. Ries

Courtney S. Ries

Senior vice president of destination branding and strategy, Meet Minneapolis
Courtney Ries oversees the marketing, communications, partnership, and visitor center departments at Meet Minneapolis, the city’s tourism board. Her role and focus changed dramatically a year ago when the tourism
Brendon Schrader

Brendon Schrader

CEO, Antenna
In 2006, Brendon Schrader founded Minneapolis-based Antenna, which connects companies seeking short- or long-term marketing expertise with seasoned professionals in the field. He has built an extensive client list that
Julia Schreifels

Julia Schreifels

Vice president & director of marketing and communications, The Bank of Elk River
Julia Schreifels has helped transform the 130-year-old Elk River bank into an interactive, customer-focused, digitally-savvy financial institution. Before she joined in 2014, the Bank of Elk River communicated primarily through
Dan Soldner

Dan Soldner

President, Vye
In 2009, at the age of 28, Dan Soldner launched Vye, a full-service marketing agency that operates under parent company Leighton Enterprises, a St. Cloud-based broadcasting company. During the early
Jennifer Spire

Jennifer Spire

Partner & CEO, Preston Kelly
Jennifer Spire has more than 25 years of experience in both consumer and B2B marketing across a range of industries. Since she took the helm at Minneapolis-based indepedent advertising agency
Alexis Walsko

Alexis Walsko

Founder & CEO, Lola Red
Alexis Walsko founded her Minneapolis-based agency Lola Red in 2000 at age 22 and has since established it as a nationally recognized PR and digital communications firm. In 2015, she
Terry Wu

Terry Wu

President & chief marketing officer, Neuromarketing Services Corp.
Terry Wu’s Plymouth-based company is the only marketing firm in the Midwest that specializes in neuromarketing. Neuromarketing is a science-driven approach to marketing designed to provide a deeper understanding of