The TCB 100 - 2015

M.A. “Mort” Mortenson Jr.

The Mortenson name casts a long shadow in the Twin Cities business community. In 1960 “Mort” Mortenson Jr. joined the company founded by his father in 1954, and became president…

Eric Kaler

Eric Kaler has broken new ground in working with corporate partners to land funding for the U of M, such as September’s announcement that Land O’Lakes Inc. would donate $25…

Justin Kaufenberg

Who says there’s no money in amateur sports? Sport Ngin has created a software platform providing websites, mobile applications and technology tailored to youth and amateur sports leagues. Founded in…

Amy Klobuchar

The classic overachiever, Amy Klobuchar became the valedictorian of her Wayzata High School class and has never stopped working. From her law-and-order platform as Hennepin County attorney, she outmaneuvered other…

Joel Kramer

It seemed kind of a crazy idea at the time: an online-only “newspaper” in a town that already had two full-service ones. But former Star Tribune publisher Kramer and his…

Michael Langley

Langley, a former Westinghouse exec and U.S. Navy pilot, succeeded in raising $15 million from dozens of private-sector investors and partner organizations to fund the regional economic development and marketing…

Christine Lantinen

This local candy company traces its history to 1907, when its namesake started a business making homemade chocolates. Over the years, there have been several owners. Now in its second…

Kelly Larson

Big things have been brewing for Kelly Larson. After navigating the financing for an addition that enabled Summit to double beer production, she dug right back in to facilitate the…

Scott Leitz

Despite the revelation that Leitz was on probation following a drunken driving conviction, his probationary period as the leader of the MNsure health insurance exchange ended in May when the…

Sarena Lin

Working for the nation’s largest privately held company, Sarena Lin is constantly on the lookout for new business opportunities. It’s a big job, because Cargill has 75 lines of business…

Mark Lindberg

One of the legacies of the late Margaret A. Cargill was creation of one of the largest foundations in the country. Lindberg’s job is to find effective ways to use…

Scott Litman

Scott Litman knows a thing or two about entrepreneurship. Alongside longtime business partner Dan Mallin, Litman co-founded Imaginet in the early 1990s and St. Louis Park-based Magnet 360 in 2008.…

Susan Adams Loyd

Do you think Minnesota should have the world’s most interesting and beautiful billboards? Susan Adams Loyd does. In her role at Clear Channel Outdoor, the region’s dominant out-of-home advertising provider,…

Chuck Lutz

Chuck Lutz knows his way around City Hall. Lutz first joined the Minneapolis Community Development Agency (now CPED) in 1986. During the 1990s he worked for the Minneapolis Public Housing…

Dave MacLennan

MacLennan, named Cargill’s new CEO last year, has a fight on his hands to bounce back from a rough fiscal 2014, which saw a 19 percent drop in earnings to…

Lois Martin

Martin joined Ceridian in 2012 after six years as CFO at Capella Education Co., where she guided the education firm’s emergence as a public company. She arrived at Ceridian—which offers…

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…

Sharon McCollam

The last few years have been challenging for Richfield-based Best Buy, amid management shakeups and a tough climate for retailers everywhere. CEO Hubert Joly gets most of the attention but…
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…
Jon McTaggart, president and CEO of American Public Media Group

Jon McTaggart

The affable, low-profile successor to the polarizing Bill Kling, McTaggart—an MPR lifer—has the challenge of guiding APMG through the decline of terrestrial radio and the growth of internet broadcasting. His…