2018

Mark Stutrud

Mark Stutrud

Mark Stutrud still has the 1983 letter from the Brewers’ Association of America advising him that starting a microbrewery in the Twin Cities would be a long and hard road.
Kelly Doran

Kelly Doran

Don’t bet against Kelly Doran. For years, Doran was best known as a developer of retail properties. But when he returned to the industry after a sabbatical in 2007, Doran

Fiona McCrae

McCrae came to Graywolf 20 years ago from the august British publishing house Faber & Faber and has kept the Minnesota nonprofit publisher an internationally recognized independent. Her taste is
Abir Sen

Abir Sen

More than a decade ago, Abir Sen was diagnosed with a rare bacterial infection. After a year and a half of illness and numerous medical appointments, he says he felt
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
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,

Jeff Gau

Jeff Gau didn’t found Marco, a provider of outsourced IT services, but he’s so dramatically changed it that it might as well be his. He has a keen sense of
Jacob Frey

Jacob Frey

If Minneapolis has a cheerleader, it’s almost certainly Jacob Frey. The attorney/professional runner-turned-freshman councilmember of the Third Ward—the city’s fastest-growing area, which includes part of downtown, the North Loop, and

Jon Cherry

Toronto-based PolyMet’s reason for being is nonferrous mining in the Duluth Complex—a geological region near the Iron Range reportedly loaded with platinum, copper and other precious metals. At press time,
Penny Wheeler

Penny Wheeler

Allina Health’s Penny Wheeler is unique—in a world where neither women nor physicians usually serve as CEOs of major health care organizations, she is both. A board-certified obstetrician/gynecologist, Wheeler took
Nate Kranz

Nate Kranz

To assume Nate Kranz’s involvement in the Minnesota music scene is exclusive to First Avenue isn’t just a misconception, it’s an understatement. This year, he and his First Ave. crew
Gary Cunningham

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
Maureen Bausch

Maureen Bausch

Maureen Bausch will be at center stage in 2017 as she leads the effort to get the Twin Cities ready to host Super Bowl LII on February 4, 2018. Her

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

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
Margaret Anderson Kelliher

Margaret Anderson Kelliher

Margaret Anderson Kelliher has spent her career in public service, but she’s now playing a pivotal role bridging the gap between private-sector needs and public-sector attention and resources. As Minnesota
Emily Larson

Emily Larson

Elected in 2015, Larson succeeded popular two-term mayor Don Ness. She’ll be building upon the Zenith City’s turnaround that Ness guided. While her predecessor tapped her to succeed him, the
Neel Kashkari

Neel Kashkari

There’s a reason why national business outlets like the Wall Street Journal and CNBC look to Neel Kashkari for smart, savvy—and at times contrarian—views on big-picture economic issues. We’re lucky
Tim Walz

Tim Walz

Gov. Tim Walz will enter the 2020 legislative session with functional working relationships with DFL House Speaker Melissa Hortman and Republican Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka. While national politics are
Jay Debertin

Jay Debertin

Jay Debertin, who took the helm of agribusiness giant CHS in 2017, faces major uncertainties because U.S. trade conflicts have disrupted world markets. When he reported financial results over the