Kristin Pardue and Brad von Bank


Rêve Consulting / Rêve Academy




Kristin Pardue left corporate America to found Rêve Consulting, a business strategy consulting firm, in 2009. Brad von Bank joined a year later after leaving Target Corp. In 2012, the husband-and-wife team launched Rêve Academy and have been drawing rave reviews. The program, offered after school or in the summer, teaches kids digital marketing skills. Rêve is based in north Minneapolis, a corner of the city in need of fresh energy and revitalization. In a sign of the interest, funding partners for Rêve Academy include big names: the Pohlad Family Foundation, JP Morgan Chase & Co., Carlson Family Foundation, Best Buy Children’s Foundation and the General Mills Foundation.