Leaders

Scott Anderson

Scott Anderson

It’s been a big year for Patterson Cos. president, CEO and chairman Scott Anderson, who has presided over what he calls the “transformation” of the company with the acquisition of
Russ Nelson

Russ Nelson

Commercial real estate broker Russ Nelson is a downtown Minneapolis fixture. Who represented the Star Tribune in its land sale and big move to Capella Tower? Nelson. Who represented Xcel
Ryan Erickson

Ryan Erickson

Serving in the U.S. Marine Corps has been beneficial to Ryan Erickson in many ways—not only did the experience teach him to be adaptable to changing conditions as owner and

Ralph Strangis

Known for his longtime behind-the-scenes work with TCF Bank, prominent Minneapolis attorney and dealmaker Ralph Strangis was a critical player in helping secure the Target Field site through negotiations with
Richard Copeland

Richard Copeland

During the early days of Thor Construction in the 1980s, the small company struggled. But Richard Copeland is not one to give up easily. He forged a relationship with industry
Megan Remark

Megan Remark

Megan Remark took the reins of St. Paul’s Regions Hospital this year and is focusing on strengthening patient care while making the facility more cost-efficient. A 20-year HealthPartners veteran, she
Michael Guyette

Michael Guyette

Michael Guyette—now in his third year at the helm of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota following a period of leadership instability there—is continuing to work at connecting the
Pete Smith

Pete Smith

Based in downtown St. Paul, design firm BWBR traces its history to 1922. After 93 years in business, the company is enjoying a growth spurt. Pete Smith joined BWBR in
Lori Melbostad

Lori Melbostad

Daughter of founder Bob Menne, Lori Melbostad is giving the firm’s pontoon business a hip makeover. Under her guidance, Wyoming-based, family-owned Premier Marine continues to introduce innovations, including self-retracting ladders,
Kathy Annette

Kathy Annette

The Grand Rapids-based charitable foundation, which celebrates 75 years in 2016, wants urban Minnesota to understand the crucial importance of rural Minnesota’s economic contributions. While Blandin continues to make major

Kam Talebi

Kam Talebi left the technology sector for hospitality nearly a decade ago. His prolific company (in 2013 described as a $60 million business) is best known for its glam, female-centric
Kathryn Correia

Kathryn Correia

Kathryn Correia inherited a debt-laden organization in 2012 when she took the reins of HealthEast—the state’s 10th-largest hospital system—as its first new CEO in 22 years. Health care reforms and
John Gainor

John Gainor

The beloved soft-serve treat brand celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2015 with the introduction of DQ Bakes, a hot-sandwich line that IDQ hopes will be its biggest product launch since
Jeff Kiesel

Jeff Kiesel

There are new owners at Restaurant Technologies Inc., but CEO Jeff Kiesel remains at the helm after guiding the cooking-oil system maker through solid growth under the previous owner, EQT

Jeff Gau

Jeff Gau didn’t found Marco, a provider of outsourced IT services, but he’s so dramatically changed it that it might as well be his. He has a keen sense of

Greg Kurowski

Perhaps it’s only fitting that the last act of Greg Kurowski’s legendary 16-year career as the president and CEO of Periscope was naming his own replacement (Elizabeth Ross, previously global
Jacqui Coleman

Jacqui Coleman

Jacqui Coleman runs fast-growing Plymouth-based InGensa, a firm that is projected to double its revenues in 2016. A black- and woman-owned firm, InGensa leverages multiple funding sources to provide innovative
Gary Hendrickson

Gary Hendrickson

After five fiscal years in which Minneapolis-based Valspar returned an annualized 28.7 percent to shareholders, the firm lost business from Lowe’s in 2015 to competitor Sherwin-Williams. But CEO Gary Hendrickson