The TCB 100 - 2017

Steve Cramer

2022, Overachievers: Steve Cramer took over the Minneapolis Downtown Council eight years ago, with an eye toward reinforcing downtown’s renaissance, but has spent much of his tenure advocating for basic needs—initially…

Gary Cunningham

Gary Cunningham was tapped to lead MEDA in 2014. He brings deep experience in foundation work and public service to MEDA, which consults with and helps secure financing for minority-owned…

Kurt Daudt

Kurt Daudt’s rise to the upper echelons of Minnesota politics is nothing short of meteoric. First elected to the state House of Representatives in 2010, he was an architect of…

Jim DuCharme

The pharmacy benefit management industry is the kind of behind-the-scenes business that never gets much publicity, so Jim DuCharme’s leadership of Prime Therapeutics normally would draw little notice beyond insider…

Adam Duininck

Adam Duininck is quickly learning that running a regional planning and governing body is fraught with drama. Eyebrows rose when Gov. Mark Dayton appointed the former construction worker and labor…

Zarir Erani

Zarir Erani replaced CEO John Fredricksen at Sun Country this summer. Little is known about the former Hallmark Business Connections executive, including the rationale for his hiring and Fredericksen’s move…

Scott Fahrenkrug

In 2010, when Scott Fahrenkrug became aware of the painful dehorning procedure dairy cows endure, he took action. But rather than start a petition, the professor at the University of…

Derek Falvey

Derek Falvey joined the Twins as this issue went to press, coming from the ascendant Cleveland Indians, who were one hit from defeating the Chicago Cubs days earlier in the…

Kaywin Feldman

Feldman has kept MIA playfully stylish and up-to-date without sacrificing its fundamental class. Though membership has declined, endowments are up and visitor numbers have been setting records. An example of…

Daniel Florness

Daniel Florness has big shoes to fill after being appointed in January as president and CEO of Winona-based Fastenal, a year after Harvard Business Review named it one of the…

Robin Galloway

One of only three women on Schwan Foods’ 10-member leadership team, Robin Galloway became CFO of the frozen-food manufacturer in 2015. With sales of $3.7 billion, Schwan’s is trying to…

Kevin Gilligan

Minneapolis-based Capella University was once a pioneer of online higher education. Kevin Gilligan arrived as CEO in 2009, bringing zero experience in the education industry. But when the recession brought…

Lourenco Goncalves

Laurenco Goncalves’ business is based in Ohio, not Minnesota. But he’s a frequent visitor to the state, thanks to Cliffs’ longtime taconite-mining operations. It’s been a tough few years for…

Mark Gordon

In light of the 2015 merger of William Mitchell College of Law and Hamline University School of Law, Mark Gordon arrives at a key time as the first dean of…

Brad Goskowicz

Microbiologics has a very distinctive product—microbial biomaterials such as bacteria, viruses and microscopic parasites that are freeze-dried but still viable. Customers worldwide, including food-production laboratories and hospitals, use these bugs…

Ed Graff

Hired this summer, Ed Graff is the latest in a line of leaders to be tapped by a fractious school board to lead a troubled district. Charged with mitigating the…

Benjamin Graves

In a crowded market for new hotels, the Minneapolis-based, family-owned Graves Hospitality still finds a way to carve out distinctive projects. The company’s 124-room Moxy Uptown is currently under construction;…

H. Theodore Grindal

You can thank Ted Grindal when you walk into a bar or restaurant and don’t have to breathe cigarette smoke: His lobbying work on behalf of ClearWay Minnesota helped pass…