The TCB 100 - 2018

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…

James Dayton

James Dayton started his career working in the office of Frank Gehry, the Los Angeles-based “starchitect,” before founding his own Minneapolis-based firm in 1997. Dayton has done a wide range…

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…

Deb DeLuca

Deb DeLuca is the first woman to take charge of the Duluth port. Named executive director in August, she had served as the Port Authority’s government and environmental affairs director…

Tim Dixon

Developer Tim Dixon has literally changed the face of downtown Milwaukee over the last decade and now has his sights set on Minneapolis. If you were wowed by the stunning…

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…

Kweilin Ellingrud

Kweilin Ellingrud, leader of McKinsey’s Minneapolis office, is known around the country and the world as the business consulting firm’s preeminent voice and researcher on gender equality. Indeed, her work…

Tom Emmer

Rep. Tom Emmer, who lost a close race to Gov. Mark Dayton in 2010, is hitting his political stride in the U.S. House. A second-term congressman representing central Minnesota, Emmer…

Nick Espinosa

Espinosa is one of several individuals to emerge from the Bernie Sanders movement locally to become prominent in city and state politics. His activist history dates back to helping to…

P.J. Fleck

P.J. Fleck shocked Minnesota’s reticent culture when he came on the scene last winter to run the Gophers football program. Fresh from a 13-1 record and a Cotton Bowl berth…

Chuck Fletcher

“This is a great day in the history of the Minnesota Wild,” Chuck Fletcher said July 4, 2012, when the Wild rocked the hockey world. The team signed the NHL’s…
Eric Forsberg

Erik Forsberg

2022, Overachievers: Maybe it was pandemic foresight that pushed restaurateur Erik Forsberg to grow outside the restaurant industry. His Erik the Red, Devil’s Advocate, and Dan Kelly’s Pub were all popular…

David Frank

When CPED director D. Craig Taylor announced plans to depart in late June, Mayor Betsy Hodges promptly nominated David Frank to step in as interim director. Frank has deep development…

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…

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…

George Goldfarb

Last spring, New Jersey-based women’s clothing retailer Ascena Group, whose brands include Ann Taylor and Lane Bryant, sold its majority stake in Duluth-based Maurices to London-based private equity firm OpCapita.…

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…