2015

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
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
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
Trudy Rautio

Trudy Rautio

Rautio took the helm of Carlson in August 2012, just as the Minnetonka-based hospitality company was beginning to come back from the recession. She and her predecessor, Hubert Joy (now
Ken Powell

Ken Powell

Ken Powell proved again that he and General Mills have the courage of their convictions, whether that means taking a stand against labeling foods for genetically modified organisms or opposing
Ken Nelson

Ken Nelson

It's a wonder that Nelson is as trim as he is, cosidering the volume of snacks close at kand as CEO of KLN Family Brands. Fortunately, he can always confine
Susan Marvin

Susan Marvin

Marwin runs her family business based on the values instilled by her grandfather George, who founded the Warroad company more than a century ago. She steered the business through a
Hubert Joly

Hubert Joly

Joly, who left the Carson travel conglomerate for Best Buy in August 2012, has taken the company from code blue to Renew Blue, a five-part intiative designed to resuscitate the
Omar Ishrak

Omar Ishrak

The Obamacare medical device tax could have given Minnesota's largest device manufacturer a heart attack. But while the tax has done the indusrty no favors, and despite slow cardiac-device sales
Randall Hogan

Randall Hogan

After Hogan became Pentair's CEO in 2001, he helped chart a major tranformation, selling off its long-held tools business and building a global water-solutions company. His efforts culminated in 2012

Stephen Hemsley

When you're CEO of the nation's largest health insurance company, your words can shape indusrty trends. As the U.S. Supreme Court was considering overturning the Affordable Care Act, Hemsley announced
Richard Davis

Richard Davis

Davis' tenure as president and CEO of U.S. Bancorp in 2013 was sedate compared with serving on two boards: for the Minnesota Orchestra, in the middle of a year-long lockout
Sam Duncan

Sam Duncan

Duncan's career has come full circle. Forty-five years after bagging groceries at Albertsons in high school, and after a decade away from the grocery business running OfficeMax and ShopKo, Duncan
Don Ness

Don Ness

Duluth has been a tourist destination for a long time, but under Don Ness's leadership, the Zenith City also is becoming a business destination. He can't (and wouldn't) take all
Julie Sullivan

Julie Sullivan

Sullivan is not only the first woman president in the 128-year history of the University of St. Thomas, but she is also the first non-clergy member to lead the school.

Sondra Samuels

As the president and CEO of the Northside Achievement Zone (NAZ), Samuels leads a collaborative of partner organizations and schools that work together to prepare low-income North Minneapolis children to
Stanley S. Hubbard

Stanley S. Hubbard

Satellite broadcasting pioneer and DirecTV co-founder Hubbard remains, at 81, a guiding force in what is now the last locally owned Twin Cities TV/radio conglomerate (son Rob runs the Hubbard
Pat Fallon

Pat Fallon

Fallon and his ad agency put Minneapolis on the international advertising map. It was the hottest shop in town as the 20th century closed, and though it has lost some
Mark Davis

Mark Davis

Building a business empire on cheese may not be architecturally sound, but it proved to be a solid foundation for Mark Davis and Davisco Foods International. The $1 billion dairy-processing
Mary Brainerd

Mary Brainerd

Mary Brainerd first joined Bloomington-based HealthPartners in 1992 and was tapped as CEO of the large nonprofit in 2002. Under her leadership, HealthPartners has grown steadily, its revenue roughly doubling