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Mike Sims

Mike Sims

The real estate business was in the doldrums in 2008 when retail broker Sims left a large local firm (United Properties) to hang out a single for the local office
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
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
John Butcher

John Butcher

In recent weeks, Caribou Coffee opened its first “cabins” off the highway in Burnsville, Jordan, and a few other exurbs. The drive-through/walk-up-window minishops aim to offer faster service for commuters,
Gary Wertish

Gary Wertish

Too much rain and prolonged trade disputes created havoc and frustration for Minnesota farmers in 2019. Their ability to bounce back in 2020 is the prime concern of Gary Wertish,
Rick King

Rick King

Throughout his nearly two decades at Thomson Reuters, Rick King has held a number of leadership roles, including chief technology officer, chief information officer, and chief operating officer. But King
Lisa Wipperman Heine

Lisa Wipperman Heine

Lisa Wipperman Heine has worked in the med-tech sector for more than 25 years. Throughout her career, she’s held leadership roles at companies large and small, including Covidien, now a
John Edwards

John Edwards

When John Edwards started tweeting five years ago under the Wedge Live! banner, he focused on planning and zoning issues in the Lowry Hill East neighborhood (aka “The Wedge”) in
Kofi Bruce

Kofi Bruce

A 10-year veteran at the Golden Valley-based consumer food giant, Kofi Bruce will become its CFO in 2020. He held positions at Ford and Ecolab before joining General Mills, where
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
Kristine Kubes

Kristine Kubes

An attorney who has focused on construction law since 1998, Kristine Kubes holds a national leadership role within her specialty, chairing the American Bar Association Forum on Construction Law. She
Britt Gilbertson

Britt Gilbertson

Britt Gilbertson, a 2005 graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School, recently took on two leadership roles at the Briggs law firm. In 2018, she was named section leader
Dr. Joe Hobot

Dr. Joe Hobot

Dr. Joe Hobot leads Minneapolis’ American Indian OIC, a nonprofit specializing in adult education and job training, in its mission to mitigate educational and employment disparities faced by American Indians
Tim Herbert

Tim Herbert

Tim Herbert has run Inspire, whose neurostimulation technology is designed to treat obstructive sleep apnea, ever since it was spun off from Medtronic in 2007. He’s been nothing if not
David Wichmann

David Wichmann

CEO of the Minnetonka-based health care insurer and services company since 2017, David Wichmann is leading UnitedHealth through especially tempestuous times in his industry. He certainly knows it well. He’s
Brian Sullivan

Brian Sullivan

Serial entrepreneur Brian Sullivan co-founded filtration company Recovery Engineering, took it public, then sold it to Procter & Gamble for $265 million in 1999. A few years later, he became
Ben Leber

Ben Leber

Retired Vikings linebacker Ben Leber is an increasingly visible presence in the Twin Cities and nationally. Between public speaking, regular appearances on Vikings broadcasts and KFAN Radio, and a growing
Teresa Rasmussen

Teresa Rasmussen

Teresa Rasmussen took the top spot at Thrivent after years in the legal profession. She started her legal career in 1984, when she worked as a trial attorney in the
Walter White

Walter White

Allianz Life’s legacy is permanently etched into the fabric of the Twin Cities, thanks in no small part to Walter White’s leadership. In 2017, Allianz secured naming rights for Minnesota
Brent Frederick

Brent Frederick

Jester Concepts (P.S. Steak, Borough, Parlour) is one of a tiny number of dynamic multi-unit restaurant groups based in the Twin Cities, and it’s among the most ambitious and exacting