Make or Break

John & Patricia Wall

The husband-and-wife team of real estate developers John and Patricia Wall spent years trying to figure out how best to reuse their 20-acre property around the iconically graffitied “United Crushers”

Tyka Nelson

Prince’s sister Tyka Nelson was involved in the purple empire long before his death, and since then she has become the public face of the estate, of which she is
John Kidd

John Kidd

When John Kidd was tapped to run the Radisson family of hotels in 2017, it looked like smooth sailing for the veteran industry exec. In 2016, China-based conglomerate HNA Group
Keri Jones

Keri Jones

Plymouth-based Christopher & Banks Corp., which sells women’s apparel, has been fighting the same battle as brick-and-mortar retailers everywhere: declining sales, closing stores, and online competition. Jones took the helm

David Grant & Jim McDonough

Ramsey County and developer Alatus have been eager to pull the trigger on the long-planned redevelopment of the former Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant into Rice Creek Commons, touted as
Jeff Crivello

Jeff Crivello

Named CEO in November 2017, Jeff Crivello marks Famous Dave’s fifth CEO in five years. In hopes of turning around the struggling Minnetonka-based barbecue chain, Crivello is working with founder
Melvin Carter III

Melvin Carter III

In 2017, Melvin Carter was elected the first African-American mayor of St. Paul. He got 51 percent of the first-choice votes, easily outdistancing four major challengers. Now he’s grappling with
Andy Bloom

Andy Bloom

When Entercom purchased CBS Radio’s stations around the country last year, the fate of its Twin Cities troika of signals (WCCO Radio, BUZ’N Country, Jack FM) was unclear. Some observers
Brian Cornell

Brian Cornell

As Target’s first-ever CEO from outside the company, Brian Cornell has one of the most daunting tasks in Minnesota business history: Restoring consumer confidence in the iconic retailer after a
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,
Craig Leipold

Craig Leipold

Though the Wild have not been able to move deep into the NHL playoffs, continuous sellouts and high fan interest demonstrate the strength of its brand. A coaching change which
Maureen Bausch

Maureen Bausch

Maureen Bausch will be at center stage in 2017 as she leads the effort to get the Twin Cities ready to host Super Bowl LII on February 4, 2018. Her
Mark Gross

Mark Gross

When Gross took over in February 2016—becoming Supervalu’s fourth CEO this decade—he inherited a company in a pickle. Keeping up with America’s ever-shifting grocery expectations has proven to be a

Lourenco Goncalves

Laurenco Goncalves’ business is based in Ohio, not Minnesota. But he’s a frequent visitor to the state, thanks to Cliffs’ longtime taconite-mining operations. It’s been a tough few years for

Kurt Daudt

Kurt Daudt’s rise to the upper echelons of Minnesota politics is nothing short of meteoric. First elected to the state House of Representatives in 2010, he was an architect of
Dr. Bill McGuire

Dr. Bill McGuire

Dr. Bill McGuire, former CEO of UnitedHealth Group, is anticipating a pivotal first year for his Major League Soccer franchise. While the Minnesota United FC is expected to play in
Ed Graff

Ed Graff

Hired this summer, Ed Graff is the latest in a line of leaders to be tapped by a fractious school board to lead a troubled district. Charged with mitigating the
Allison O’Toole

Allison O’Toole

Allison O’Toole was promoted from interim to permanent CEO of the MNsure health insurance exchange in November 2015, with the expectation that she could hit the ground running as the

Betsy Hodges

Succeeding the genial and outgoing R.T. Rybak in a booming economy, it was conjectured that Betsy Hodges was in for a smooth first term. But as the reserved and diffident
Jay Debertin

Jay Debertin

Jay Debertin, who took the helm of agribusiness giant CHS in 2017, faces major uncertainties because U.S. trade conflicts have disrupted world markets. When he reported financial results over the