2019

Beth Wozniak

Beth Wozniak

The $2.1 billion electrical company with a headcount of 9,000 won’t celebrate its one-year anniversary until the end of April, but in its first year, nVent Electric has so far
Rob and Ryan Weber

Rob and Ryan Weber

Brothers Ryan and Rob Weber have been the kings of St. Cloud’s tech scene ever since launching their screensaver business 18 years ago while at St. Cloud State. Having sold
Charlie Weaver

Charlie Weaver

For the first time in eight years, Charlie Weaver will be working with a new governor on policy issues that are important to Minnesota’s largest employers. The 2019 legislative session
Mark Tritton

Mark Tritton

He’s the man behind the nearly two dozen new brands that have bolstered Target sales and shifted the retailer’s focus from limited-edition, celebrity-driven partnerships to sustainable owned labels. Mark Tritton
Andy Slavitt

Andy Slavitt

Andy Slavitt’s presence helps to shine a national spotlight on Minnesota, and not only because he tweets about local politics and companies. Since returning from Washington, where he served as
Derek Sharrer

Derek Sharrer

For the last 14 years, Derek Sharrer has been providing the day-to-day leadership for the St. Paul Saints, a remarkable period during which they have consistently emerged as the most
Dan Seeman

Dan Seeman

Dan Seeman helped birth now-dominant radio juggernaut KFAN, then moved to Hubbard radio to manage a powerhouse signal (KS95) and two afterthoughts, the innovative female-driven FM 107 and legacy flagship
David Reiling

David Reiling

Longtime Sunrise Banks CEO David Reiling has plenty of bona fides as a socially conscious entrepreneur: Under his direction, for example, Sunrise became the first Minnesota bank certified as a
Lee Wallace

Lee Wallace

In late 2017, Lee Wallace became Peace Coffee’s owner, after enlisting the help of an outside financer and buying it from the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy. In Wallace’s
Jeremy Segal

Jeremy Segal

Jeremy Segal’s business has exploded since he transitioned his company from wholesale to e-commerce in 2015. Revenues doubled from $10 million in 2014 to $20 million in 2017, and this
Patrick Seeb

Patrick Seeb

After 20 years as CEO of the St. Paul Riverfront Corp., which drove the revitalization of the capital city’s central business district, Patrick Seeb is helping make over another downtown.
Matty O’Reilly

Matty O’Reilly

Matty O’Reilly has never met an empty space in a new complex that has appealed to him. Instead, the fiercely independent restaurateur chooses to pick up struggling locations and rehab
Erin Newkirk

Erin Newkirk

Connector, brand builder, and champion of innovators, Erin Newkirk sold her social correspondence app, Red Stamp, to Taylor Corp. in 2013. She’s an advisory board member to three local companies
Tony Miller

Tony Miller

Tony Miller is a classic serial entrepreneur. His new company, Bind Benefits, offers “on-demand health insurance.” The concept calls for enrollees to be able to add benefits beyond core coverage
Shaye Mandle

Shaye Mandle

When Shaye Mandle took over the leadership of the local biomedical trade association in 2014, it was called LifeScience Alley and viewed mainly as the political voice of the state’s
Nancy Lyons

Nancy Lyons

Founder of 16-year-old Minneapolis digital agency Clockwork, Nancy Lyons has built a national reputation as an expert on technology, entrepreneurship, and workplace culture. Compelled to make a difference beyond the
Melissa Kjolsing Lynch

Melissa Kjolsing Lynch

Just about everyone in the local startup community knows Melissa Kjolsing Lynch, who previously led the MN Cup entrepreneurial competition. She served as the founding manager of the Lunar Startups
Mike Opat

Mike Opat

Political reporters watch the state Capitol and city halls, but they usually don’t pay as much attention to the seven-member Hennepin County Board of Commissioners and Hennepin County’s $1.7 billion
Jim Leslie

Jim Leslie

Spawned by the University of Minnesota’s Learning Technologies Media Lab in 2012, Flipgrid (formerly known as Vidku) aimed to modernize the classroom with an app that lets students and teachers
Dave Kleis

Dave Kleis

In a period of divided politics, St. Cloud Mayor Dave Kleis is pursuing a path to unity. The former Republican state senator, running a predominantly white community of 68,000, invites