2016

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,
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

Brad Hewitt

In mid-2013, members of the 111-year-old fraternal benefit society voted to extend membership to all Christians, not just Lutherans. This move Hewitt had been pushing for at his company, which
Mynul Khan

Mynul Khan

Barely in his 30s, Khan is the wunderkind behind Field Nation, a networking website that connects employers with individual contractors around the world.Field Nation filled a growing need as a
Chris Coleman

Chris Coleman

Coleman has provided calm, quiet leadership for his hometown since 2006. It’s an appropriate style for St. Paul, and there’s nothing wrong with that. True, the city continues to face
Brian Cornell

Brian Cornell

As Target’s first-ever CEO from outside the company, Brian Cornell has one of the most daunting tasks in Minnesota business history: Restoring consumer confidence in the iconic retailer after a
Eric Kaler

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
Tina Smith

Tina Smith

With her Stanford degree and Dartmouth MBA, Smith’s intellect is apparent. But it’s her ability to describe a clear vision, build effective coalitions and cross the political goal line that
Tom Hoch

Tom Hoch

Few have done more to ensure that downtown Minneapolis remains a compelling cultural mecca than Tom Hoch has. As the new chair of the Minneapolis Downtown Council and Downtown Improvement
Shelly Ibach

Shelly Ibach

With Shelly Ibach leading Select Comfort, investors probably won’t be losing any sleep. In September, the Plymouth-based company purchased BAM Labs, the developer of Sleep IQ, a system that Select
Susan Rani

Susan Rani

Born in South Korea, Susan Rani was not about to submit to a culture that valued men over women, and today she is founder and president of Minnesota’s largest woman-
Scott Anderson

Scott Anderson

It’s been a big year for Patterson Cos. president, CEO and chairman Scott Anderson, who has presided over what he calls the “transformation” of the company with the acquisition of
Russ Nelson

Russ Nelson

Commercial real estate broker Russ Nelson is a downtown Minneapolis fixture. Who represented the Star Tribune in its land sale and big move to Capella Tower? Nelson. Who represented Xcel
Ryan Erickson

Ryan Erickson

Serving in the U.S. Marine Corps has been beneficial to Ryan Erickson in many ways—not only did the experience teach him to be adaptable to changing conditions as owner and

Ralph Strangis

Known for his longtime behind-the-scenes work with TCF Bank, prominent Minneapolis attorney and dealmaker Ralph Strangis was a critical player in helping secure the Target Field site through negotiations with
Richard Copeland

Richard Copeland

During the early days of Thor Construction in the 1980s, the small company struggled. But Richard Copeland is not one to give up easily. He forged a relationship with industry
Megan Remark

Megan Remark

Megan Remark took the reins of St. Paul’s Regions Hospital this year and is focusing on strengthening patient care while making the facility more cost-efficient. A 20-year HealthPartners veteran, she
Michael Guyette

Michael Guyette

Michael Guyette—now in his third year at the helm of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota following a period of leadership instability there—is continuing to work at connecting the
Pete Smith

Pete Smith

Based in downtown St. Paul, design firm BWBR traces its history to 1922. After 93 years in business, the company is enjoying a growth spurt. Pete Smith joined BWBR in
Lori Melbostad

Lori Melbostad

Daughter of founder Bob Menne, Lori Melbostad is giving the firm’s pontoon business a hip makeover. Under her guidance, Wyoming-based, family-owned Premier Marine continues to introduce innovations, including self-retracting ladders,