Emerging

Tony Barranco

When VP of development Rick Collins left Minneapolis in 2014 to lead Ryan’s Phoenix office, he left some big shoes to fill. Ryan tapped Tony Barranco to take over Collins’
Tawanna Black

Tawanna Black

Founder/CEO Center for Economic Inclusion Good things are happening on Minneapolis’ North Side, and Tawanna Black is a major force in the economic development taking root. Beyond her already-critical role
Shawntera Hardy

Shawntera Hardy

Gov. Mark Dayton tapped Shawntera Hardy to lead DEED in April; she previously served on the governor’s leadership team as deputy chief of staff. Hardy brings a strong mix of

Susan Bachman West

In June, Bachman’s tapped fifth-generation family member Susan Bachman West to succeed Paul Bachman as the Minnesota-based floral and garden store’s new president. Bachman West is also the first woman
Paul Marvin

Paul Marvin

Named president in January, Paul Marvin represents the Marvin family’s fourth generation. His company is one of the state’s most durable and remarkable family businesses. And though it has several
Mark Gordon

Mark Gordon

In light of the 2015 merger of William Mitchell College of Law and Hamline University School of Law, Mark Gordon arrives at a key time as the first dean of
Michelle Walker

Michelle Walker

After three years as CEO of the St. Paul Public School system (SPPS), Michelle Walker is hoping to make a greater contribution to closing the racial achievement gap in the
Jennifer Bielstein

Jennifer Bielstein

For theater-watchers locally and nationally, the selection of Jennifer Bielstein to complete the Guthrie’s management team was the final indication that the region’s flagship theater is in extraordinarily good hands
Garry Jenkins

Garry Jenkins

Garry Jenkins arrived at the U’s law school at a pivotal time. Declining enrollment has hit law schools everywhere; the U’s program has tapped general operating budget funds to cover
James Snee

James Snee

The new CEO of Hormel, James Snee, has a tough act to follow. Since 2006, under former CEO Jeffrey Ettinger, Hormel’s stock price increased nearly fivefold. Ettinger leaves the multinational

Ethan Casson

Recruited back to the Wolves by owner Glen Taylor after a successful stint at the San Francisco 49ers, Ethan Casson is charged with refreshing the Wolves’ business operations. His presence

Derek Falvey

Derek Falvey joined the Twins as this issue went to press, coming from the ascendant Cleveland Indians, who were one hit from defeating the Chicago Cubs days earlier in the
Emily Larson

Emily Larson

Elected in 2015, Larson succeeded popular two-term mayor Don Ness. She’ll be building upon the Zenith City’s turnaround that Ness guided. While her predecessor tapped her to succeed him, the
David Herman

David Herman

David Herman became CEO of this Duluth-based health care system—a nationally accredited accountable care organization—in January 2015. Like all leaders of health care systems, he’s dealing with the challenges of
Dai Thao

Dai Thao

In 2013, Dai Thao was the first Hmong person to be elected to St. Paul’s City Council. He represents Ward 1, which includes the Thomas-Dale and Summit-University neighborhoods. In 2017,

Daniel Florness

Daniel Florness has big shoes to fill after being appointed in January as president and CEO of Winona-based Fastenal, a year after Harvard Business Review named it one of the
Brian Ryks

Brian Ryks

Brian Ryks, who started his airport management career in 1986 as a MAC noise technician, was appointed in May to succeed Jeff Hamiel, who led the MAC for decades. Before
Angela Heikes

Angela Heikes

Angela Heikes took the baton this fall from the legendary Ed Stevenson, who helped build the Mystic Lake gaming empire into a nationally influential colossus. She inherits an operation that
Alison Brown

Alison Brown

In March, the Science Museum selected Alison Brown as its new leader, the first female to hold the position. Brown’s museum management pedigree is impressive. For 17 years she served
Pilar Oppedisano

Pilar Oppedisano

Pilar Oppedisano does not have a traditional finance background. Prior to assuming her current job in July, she was a senior brand manager at General Mills. Because of her experience