The TCB 100 - 2020

Zean Nielsen

Named CEO in June, Nielsen was an intriguing choice to succeed co-founder Dale Klapmeier as the Duluth-based personal aircraft manufacturer’s top executive. (Klapmeier is staying on as a senior adviser.)…

Kevin Nokels

Though not quite on the scale of Rochester’s Destination Medical Center project, Duluth’s two health providers are in the midst of major expansions. Essentia Health’s $800 million Vision Northland project,…

Jeff Ochs

Jeff Ochs’ cause is to provide capital to entrepreneurs advancing a charitable purpose who can’t attract traditional angel investment. Venn offers below-market-rate loans, a crying need of companies. Ochs’ vehicles…

Liwanag Ojala

Shortly after becoming COO of CaringBridge in 2014, Liwanag Ojala was named CEO. Ojala, whose background was in for-profit e-commerce, was tasked with setting a vision and executing a new…

Pilar Oppedisano

Pilar Oppedisano does not have a traditional finance background. Prior to assuming her current job in July, she was a senior brand manager at General Mills. Because of her experience…

Tim Peterman

It’s time once again to save ValueVision Media. Or Evine Live. Make that iMedia Brands. Tim Peterman, who had served as CFO and COO, started his second tour of duty…

Bill Peterson

Bill Peterson, the cop newly responsible for overseeing downtown Minneapolis, has worked in what seems like every area of the department—patrol, SWAT, investigator. By reputation he’s a solutions-oriented problem solver.…

Mark Platt

Mark Platt took the helm of gene-editing company Recombinetics in February, on the heels of a $34 million Series A fundraising round. Platt quickly got to work, rounding out the…

Martin Pochtaruk

The Iron Range city of Mountain Iron might seem a curious place to manufacture solar panels, but Ontario-based Heliene is betting $18 million that it can work. Also anteing up…

Chris Pohlad, Joe Pohlad, and Tom Pohlad

[gallery columns="4" link="none" ids="28457,28460,28459"] The three sons of Robert Pohlad—Chris, Joe, and Tom—have taken on increasing responsibilities within Pohlad Cos. Founded by Carl Pohlad in the 1950s, the Pohlad businesses…

Carrie Powers

Powers has this Plymouth-based med-tech startup off to a fast start. That’s partly because Reprise isn’t exactly a startup. This summer, Eden Prairie-based Miromatrix Medical spun off the company, which…

Ben Rasmussen

Opening an office in Northeast Minneapolis where founders could gather to work on their startups was crucial to Ben Rasmussen, co-founder of the new Twin Ignition incubator. “I’ve been blessed…

Teresa Rasmussen

Teresa Rasmussen took the top spot at Thrivent after years in the legal profession. She started her legal career in 1984, when she worked as a trial attorney in the…

Reed Robinson

If you’re trying to build a startup in the Twin Cities, it won’t be long before you run into Reed Robinson. He co-founded Beta.MN, which he ran in his spare…

Gersson Rosas

Gersson Rosas took over the Timberwolves this summer, the latest attempt by earnest owner Glen Taylor to find a savior for his franchise who can figure out a way to…

Connie Rutledge

Jacquie Berglund, co-founder and CEO of Finnegans Brew Co., came up with the idea; now Connie Rutledge is making it happen. Minneapolis-based Finnovation Lab is a startup incubator/accelerator that offers…

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…

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…

David Safar

Back in 2005 the idea of a public radio network starting an alternative music station seemed like an experimental gamble. But The Current, which marks its 15th anniversary next month,…

Dr. Craig Samitt

BCBS of Minnesota is a nonprofit, and it’s a big one: For 2018, the health plan provider had revenue of $13.1 billion. Dr. Craig Samitt arrived at its Eagan headquarters…