Overachievers

Brian Bos

After working in Minnesota media companies for nearly a decade, Brian Bos struck out on his own in 2013, launching the Media Manager, a Rochester-based advertising firm specializing in direct
Jessie Houlihan Bingen

Jessie Houlihan Bingen

Women-run construction businesses are a rarity, especially when that leader is young, as is the case of Stahl Construction’s Jessie Houlihan Bingen, age 31. The company named her president in
Kim Bartmann

Kim Bartmann

Kim Bartmann’s universe is in transition. So what else is new? She recently tapped former Famous Dave’s CEO Christopher O’Donnell as an investor to help grow her business and improve
Fiona McCrae

Fiona McCrae

2021, Rooted: Since she took over Graywolf in 1994, Fiona McCrae has turned the press based in Minneapolis’s North Loop into a worldwide cultural powerhouse, its books and authors snagging
Steve Cramer

Steve Cramer

2022, Overachievers: Steve Cramer took over the Minneapolis Downtown Council eight years ago, with an eye toward reinforcing downtown’s renaissance, but has spent much of his tenure advocating for basic needs—initially

ReBecca Koenig Roloff

A first-generation college graduate from Dickinson, N.D., ReBecca Koenig Roloff was inaugurated as the 11th president of St. Catherine University in October. She did not take a conventional academic route.
Todd Berg

Todd Berg

In conjunction with its $65 million round of fundraising at the start of 2018—the largest by any startup in Minnesota this year—Metavention ushered in someone new to lead the charge.

Matt Kramer

In a region cleaved in two, Matt Kramer fights fiercely for the East Metro. The former salesman, chief of staff for Tim Pawlenty and executive at the University of Minnesota
Nadim Yared

Nadim Yared

2022, Innovators: Nadim Yared has led Brooklyn Park-based CVRx since 2006. Its signature product, Barostim, is an implantable device that uses neuromodulation to treat heart disease. While the company was
Kevin Gilligan

Kevin Gilligan

Minneapolis-based Capella University was once a pioneer of online higher education. Kevin Gilligan arrived as CEO in 2009, bringing zero experience in the education industry. But when the recession brought
Lee Krueger

Lee Krueger

Lee Krueger begins his first full year directing the St. Paul Port Authority in 2017. Krueger was promoted to his new post after serving as a senior vice president of
Jill Renslow

Jill Renslow

Most shopping malls around the United States face falling foot traffic and are looking for creative uses for their empty spaces. That’s hardly an issue for Mall of America, which
Kate Barr

Kate Barr

A former banker, Kate Barr long has been a leader in Minnesota’s large nonprofit sector, joining the Nonprofits Assistance Fund (NAF) in 2000. Her organization helps nonprofits that want to
James Rogers

James Rogers

Already the point man for the Mayo Clinic’s spin-off incubator and licensure of its intellectual property to outside health care companies, Jim Rogers in 2016 widened his portfolio to include
Jeff McCaulley

Jeff McCaulley

Jeff McCaulley of Smiths Medical is taking on a higher profile in the Twin Cities’ medical device community—last year he was named one of 10 new directors of the Medical
Gerald Mattys

Gerald Mattys

Minneapolis-based Tactile Systems, also known as Tactile Medical, is in a class by itself: The company’s IPO in late July marks the only Minnesota IPO of 2016. The company produces
Gary Cunningham

Gary Cunningham

Gary Cunningham was tapped to lead MEDA in 2014. He brings deep experience in foundation work and public service to MEDA, which consults with and helps secure financing for minority-owned
Kate Mortenson

Kate Mortenson

After the 2018 Super Bowl, the high-profile events for U.S. Bank Stadium won’t be over—the 2019 NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Four is coming to town, bringing March Madness’ oft-dramatic finale