Emerging

Derick Prelle

Derick Prelle was appointed CEO of Mills Fleet Farm in June by KKR & Co., the private equity firm that purchased the retailer last year. Prelle is leading efforts to
Pascha Apter

Pascha Apter

This summer, Duluth marketing firm Giant Voices moved from cramped offices on Canal Park to a stylish, high-profile storefront on Superior Street. It’s another sign that the city’s marketing industry
Ari Silkey

Ari Silkey

In June 2016, e-commerce giant Amazon.com announced plans for a “technology development center” in downtown Minneapolis. The office is led by Ari Silkey, who keeps a low media profile but

Sarah Spiegel

It was a quick trip to the top for Sarah Spiegel. After less than a year as chief operating officer and president of U.S. retail for Caribou Coffee and Einstein
James Hereford

James Hereford

The health care landscape continues to change. James Hereford, who had been chief operations officer for California-based Stanford Health Care, started as the new president and CEO of Minneapolis-based nonprofit
Lisa Bender

Lisa Bender

2021, Rooted: In a weak mayor system like Minneapolis’s, the city council president is powerful. Lisa Bender has been a lightning rod for aggressive advocacy of bike lanes, increased residential
Brandon Sawalich

Brandon Sawalich

It was a long road to Starkey’s No. 2 spot for Brandon Sawalich. As a lifer at the Eden Prairie-based hearing aid manufacturer—he joined in 1994 at just 19—Sawalich has
Jace Marti

Jace Marti

Jace Marti represents the sixth generation of the iconic August Schell Brewing, and, like his father, he’s taking the brewery to new levels. Marti is the mastermind behind Schell’s Noble
Anudeep Parhar

Anudeep Parhar

Anudeep Parhar was brought on as Entrust Datacard’s CIO in 2016 to lead the company’s expansion to the cloud, as well as lead global IT and customer operations teams. This
Marcus Lemonis

Marcus Lemonis

In the early spring of 2017, Marcus Lemonis, best known as the struggling small-business reviver from his CNBC show The Profit, purchased one of Minnesota’s largest brick-and-mortar brands, Gander Mountain.
Elizabeth Ross

Elizabeth Ross

Back in the 1980s, Minneapolis built a reputation for world-class advertising agencies; today none of those firms are still locally owned. Minneapolis-based Periscope, however, now ranks among the five largest
P.J. Fleck

P.J. Fleck

P.J. Fleck shocked Minnesota’s reticent culture when he came on the scene last winter to run the Gophers football program. Fresh from a 13-1 record and a Cotton Bowl berth
Brenda Kyle

Brenda Kyle

When the chamber was looking for a new CEO, its board chose someone who knew St. Paul well and had good working relationships with businesspeople and public officials. Brenda Kyle,
Tim Dixon

Tim Dixon

Developer Tim Dixon has literally changed the face of downtown Milwaukee over the last decade and now has his sights set on Minneapolis. If you were wowed by the stunning