Overachivers

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

Any medical device company that lands venture financing in the current risk-averse climate has something to brag about. Given that, Nadim Yared of CVRx Inc. may be the king of
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
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
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