2020

Mike Sims

Mike Sims

The real estate business was in the doldrums in 2008 when retail broker Sims left a large local firm (United Properties) to hang out a single for the local office
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
Kathy Tunheim

Kathy Tunheim

The founder and leader of one of Minnesota's largest and best-known public relations agencies, Tunheim has her firm evolving with the ever-shifting media universe. In the past year and a
Al Franken

Al Franken

Al Franken has gone serious on Minnesotans since becoming a politician. In his first term, Franken wrestled with premium policies in the Affordable Care Act and privacy issues in the
Craig Dahl

Craig Dahl

This International Falls native had a quick rise through the ranks of Minnesota’s third-largest bank. Following stints as TCF’s EVP of commercial banking and CEO of TCF Equipment Finance, Craig
Craig Leipold

Craig Leipold

Though the Wild have not been able to move deep into the NHL playoffs, continuous sellouts and high fan interest demonstrate the strength of its brand. A coaching change which
Brian Ryks

Brian Ryks

Brian Ryks, who started his airport management career in 1986 as a MAC noise technician, was appointed in May to succeed Jeff Hamiel, who led the MAC for decades. Before
Jean Taylor

Jean Taylor

Jean Taylor, working with publisher Mike Klingensmith, is focused on building a robust revenue model that will support journalism. Her father, Glen, bought the media company in 2014, and she
Peter McLaughlin

Peter McLaughlin

After serving nearly three decades on the Hennepin County Board of Commissioners, Peter McLaughlin needs no introduction. But in 2018, McLaughlin lost his reelection bid to newcomer Angela Conley. You’d
Ann Kim and Conrad Leifur

Ann Kim and Conrad Leifur

Ann Kim and husband/business partner Conrad Leifur are responsible for a group of the Twin Cities’ most original restaurants, starting with Pizzeria Lola in south Minneapolis and more recently the
Sri Zaheer

Sri Zaheer

Sri Zaheer may have the biggest business network in the Twin Cities metro area. She became dean of the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School in 2012. Since then, she has
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
Bill Katter

Bill Katter

Bill Katter is a busy guy these days. United Properties wrapped up construction of The Nordic, a new North Loop office building. It is also developing Target Field Station, which
Jim D’Aquila

Jim D’Aquila

If you want to look beyond the “Uber of this” headline and see where lifestyle trends are actually heading, watch Jim D’Aquila. A longtime Minneapolis-based investment banker who has worked
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
Charles Kummeth

Charles Kummeth

When Charles Kummeth joined Bio-Techne in 2013, the purified protein development company was experiencing a downturn. He was tasked with rejuvenating it, and so far, under his leadership, the company
Randy Newman

Randy Newman

Under Randy Newman’s watch, Alerus Financial Corp. expanded far beyond its North Dakota roots. He joined Alerus—formerly the First National Bank of North Dakota—in 1981. He was promoted to president
Clarence Bethea

Clarence Bethea

In the Twin Cities startup community, Clarence Bethea stands out, and he’s quick to address the issue. “People invest in people who look like them. Venture capitalists are mostly white
Joe Ryan

Joe Ryan

Joe Ryan is connected to Minneapolis-based Ryan Cos. US Inc.—Ryan Cos. chairman Pat Ryan is his brother—but he chose to cut his own path. In 1991, Ryan founded Excelsior-based Oppidan
Anne Behrendt

Anne Behrendt

Anne Behrendt took an unlikely path to the corner office. She joined Bloomington-based Doran Cos., a development and construction firm, as general counsel in 2011. She was promoted to chief