2014

Scott Crump

Scott Crump

Schott Crump at his heart is a tinkerer. He came up with the prototype for fused-deposition modeling in 1989 as he was designing a "froggie" for his 2-year-old daughter. That

Chip Pearson

"Complementary skills and our love of Apple" were part of the reason JAMF Software's managing partner Pearson and founder Zach Halmstad went into business togehter. Pearson has been with JAMF,
Tom Kieffer

Tom Kieffer

A self-described innovator and engineer, Kieffer is always looking for new ways to close the IT market gaps. Virteva, which provides IT managed services, set-up, and consulting, mainly serves midsized

Aric Bandy

"I fundementally believe that technology can be transformative if you focus on the strategic objectives of the client's business." This perspective has led Bandy to build a cloud-computing technologies business
Matthew Dornquast

Matthew Dornquast

After working as chief technology officer for advertising agency Fallon in Minneapolis, Dornquast struck out to build his own company. Enter Code 42 Software, the data restoration and back-up company
Margaret Anderson Kelliher

Margaret Anderson Kelliher

Anderson Kelliher relinquished her dream of becoming a vetrinarian to embark on a 12-year legislative career including two terms as Speaker of the Minnesota House. Today, her association represents hundreds

Rick Collins

Commercial real estate vetran Collins has established a reputation for tackling some of the biggest--and trickiest--development deals in town. Collins was a key player in overhauling the long-vacant Sears site

Tim Murname

The Opus organization was stung by the collapse of the commercial real estate indusrty during the reccession. Company and indusrty vetran Murnane rejoined the restructured Opus in 2010 and now
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

Wendy Madsen

Madsen got her start with Minneapolis-based Ryan Companies as a receptionist more than 35 years ago. Today, she is recognized as an indusrty leader in property management. Madsen is a
Stuart Ackerberg

Stuart Ackerberg

The Ackerberg Group is the largest commercial property landlord in the Uptown area of South Minneapolis. CEO Ackerberg knows the market better than anyone. He saw an opening to add
Jean Kane

Jean Kane

Kane, who joined Minnetonka-based Welsh in 1987, is recognized as a leader in local commercial real estate circles. She became president and chief operating officer of the diversified company in

Bill Burgess

Miami, Florida-based Lennar is one of the nation's largest homebuilders and a dominant player in the Minnesota market. Burgess is the local leader for Lennar, which has ranked as the

Brent Blackey

The privately held Bloomington-based Holiday Companies has never courted media attention. But the gas station and convenience store operator ranks as the fourth-largest private company in Minnesota, with estimated revenue
Scott Wine

Scott Wine

A former Navy man, Wine held senior roles at national firms like Honeywell and United Technologies before becoming Polaris' CEO in 2008. In his handful of years at the helm,

Inge Thulin

Thulin wants to inspire more innovation in a company that's famous for Scotch tape, Scotchgard, and Post-It Notes. The Swedish-born Thulin's background is in marketing, not engineering, so look for
Maureen Steinwall

Maureen Steinwall

When Maureen Steinwall took over as president of the company in 1985, many customers and employees of the Coon Rapids-based injection-molding company quit in protest because a woman was becoming
David Mortenson and Chuck Runyon

David Mortenson and Chuck Runyon

Now that David Mortensen and Chuck Runyon have turned Anytime Fitness into the fastest-growing fitness club in the United States and the United States and the country's 14th most promising
Gregg Steinhafel

Gregg Steinhafel

Target's performance gets scrutiny both locally and nationally--in more than one sense, it's aways wearing a bull's-eye. In August, the discount retailer reporter lower second-quarter earning and offered a less-than-optimistic
Sally Smith

Sally Smith

Smith and Buffalo Wild Wings keep flying higher. It's now pushing toward 1,000 franchises, and not all of them are in the United States. The company opened its first restaurants