Emerging

Dan Olson and Ed Lefkow

When the economy plummeted, Olson and Lefkow saw an increase in demand for freelancers and contractors, and launched their completely virtual staffing firm. They use group call services such a

Sarah Longacre

Lonacre--a native Minnesotan, birth doula, and prenatal yoga instructor--saw a need for a local "one-stop-shop" yoga, childbirth education, and wellness services provider for new and expectant mothers. She opened Blooma
Mynul Khan

Mynul Khan

Barely in his 30s, Khan is the wunderkind behind Field Nation, a networking website that connects employers with individual contractors around the world.Field Nation filled a growing need as a

Kim Herman

Hard of hearing? There's an app for that. Only two years into the job, but backed by 25 years of health care industry experience, Herman continues to spearhead other innovative
Scott Burns

Scott Burns

The Oct. 1 rollout for Healthcare.gov, the Affordable Care Act's online insurance marketplace, went less than smoothly. But it did shine in one regard, thanks in large part to GovDelivery,

Steve Anderson

One of the newest entries in the Minnesota medical device field is Preceptis, whose introducer concept promises to make ear-tube insertion, one of the most common pediatric surgical procedures in
Khadija Ali and Siyad Abdullahi

Khadija Ali and Siyad Abdullahi

A husband-and-wife team, Abdullahi and Ali both won the 2013 International Immigrant Achievement Award, and the two have made their mark in the Twin Cities by removing cultural and linguistic

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

2021, Alumni: Tawanna Black’s background in both corporate jobs and philanthropy helps anchor the mission of the St. Paul-based nonprofit. It has a data-driven approach to advocating for expanding business
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