Behind The Scenes

Tina Smith

Tina Smith

With her Stanford degree and Dartmouth MBA, Smith’s intellect is apparent. But it’s her ability to describe a clear vision, build effective coalitions and cross the political goal line that

Sarena Lin

Working for the nation’s largest privately held company, Sarena Lin is constantly on the lookout for new business opportunities. It’s a big job, because Cargill has 75 lines of business
Sharon McCollam

Sharon McCollam

The last few years have been challenging for Richfield-based Best Buy, amid management shakeups and a tough climate for retailers everywhere. CEO Hubert Joly gets most of the attention but

Mark Lindberg

One of the legacies of the late Margaret A. Cargill was creation of one of the largest foundations in the country. Lindberg’s job is to find effective ways to use

Ryan Burnet

Scion of real estate and modern art collecting legend Ralph Burnet, Ryan Burnet has made an indelible stamp as one of a handful of people defining a new era of

Lee Sheehy

Sheehy was the Minneapolis Department of Community Planning and Economic Development director, and also chief of staff to Sen. Amy Klobuchar, to mention just two resume items. At McKnight, Sheehy

Lois Martin

Martin joined Ceridian in 2012 after six years as CFO at Capella Education Co., where she guided the education firm’s emergence as a public company. She arrived at Ceridian—which offers

Kevin Gilboe

While consumer products make up only about 15 percent of 3M’s business, they’re how most of us know the company. Gilboe came on board in 2010 and brought design into

Ken Abdo

Minneapolis doesn’t have quite the entertainment cachet of New York or L.A., but Abdo has been able to make a good living here as an entertainment attorney. A rock musician

Kelly Larson

Big things have been brewing for Kelly Larson. After navigating the financing for an addition that enabled Summit to double beer production, she dug right back in to facilitate the

Chuck Lutz

Chuck Lutz knows his way around City Hall. Lutz first joined the Minneapolis Community Development Agency (now CPED) in 1986. During the 1990s he worked for the Minneapolis Public Housing

Dave Menke

Dave Menke knows the nuts and bolts of development. Since he joined Opus in 1995, he’s presided over the development of more than 10 million square feet of office space

Bob DeRodes

Target Corp. tapped veteran CIO DeRodes in the wake of the massive data breach that hit the Minneapolis-based retailer. DeRodes brings more than 40 years of experience in information technology,

Amy Phenix

As the former director of the University News Service, Amy Phenix was well-versed in the ways of the U when President-designate Eric Kaler made her his first management hire as

Ned Abdul

Developer and dealmaker Ned Abdul has become a formidable player in local real estate circles. This spring, Swervo sold three buildings—including the renovated 510 Marquette—for $87.5 million to San Francisco-based

Rick Trontvet

Rick Trontvet has been a tireless advocate for economic development in northwestern Minnesota, particularly its manufacturing sector. (He’s been equally passionate about working to improve the viability of Thief River
Nate Kranz

Nate Kranz

To assume Nate Kranz’s involvement in the Minnesota music scene is exclusive to First Avenue isn’t just a misconception, it’s an understatement. This year, he and his First Ave. crew
Mike Ohmes

Mike Ohmes

Mike Ohmes started in the trenches for Bloomington-based Cushman & Wakefield/NorthMarq as an office broker in 1991, as the industry was emerging from a recession. Throughout the ’90s he was

Lester Bagley

Vikings owners Zygi and Mark Wilf will be in the spotlight when the new $1.1 billion stadium opens in 2016, but it’s Lester Bagley who took the political slings and
JoAnna Hicks

JoAnna Hicks

JoAnna Hicks knows urban real estate. Prior to joining Minneapolis-based Ackerberg in 2010, Hicks worked with Minneapolis-based Neighborhood Development Center and later Ryan Cos. In her current role, Hicks leads