The TCB 100 - 2020

Brandon Sampson

Limb Lab looks more like a design studio than a medical office, and that’s intentional. After 15 years as a prosthetist, Brandon Sampson left the practice he worked for to…

Atif Siddiqi

Branch (formerly Branch Messenger) got its start in an incubator in Pasadena, California, but relocated to Minneapolis after participating in Target’s Techstars program. Its technology provides a platform for streamlining…

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…

Grant Smith

Yamamoto’s new chief creative officer, Grant Smith, spent most of his career with BBDO New York working on big brands like AT&T, Visa, and FedEx. “I’ve always had an enormous…

Brian Sullivan

Serial entrepreneur Brian Sullivan co-founded filtration company Recovery Engineering, took it public, then sold it to Procter & Gamble for $265 million in 1999. A few years later, he became…

Justin Sutherland

After reaching top-five finalist rank on Bravo’s Top Chef, Justin Sutherland came home to invest his fame and winnings in St. Paul. He bought a controlling interest in the group…

Hassan Syed

The largest digital incubation platform for entrepreneurs with early-stage ideas, Twin Cities-based IdeaGist has participants in 195 countries pursuing more than 4,000 ideas. Hassan Syed’s vision to provide training through…

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…

Jeff Tollefson

Jeff Tollefson is always ready to switch gears and step up to a new challenge. In the 1990s, Tollefson co-founded Crescendo Ventures, an early-stage VC firm with a focus on…

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…

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…

Gary Wertish

Too much rain and prolonged trade disputes created havoc and frustration for Minnesota farmers in 2019. Their ability to bounce back in 2020 is the prime concern of Gary Wertish,…

Walter White

Allianz Life’s legacy is permanently etched into the fabric of the Twin Cities, thanks in no small part to Walter White’s leadership. In 2017, Allianz secured naming rights for Minnesota…

Brian Whiting

In Chicago, businesses have signed up sight unseen for space being developed by Brian Whiting. His firm, Telos Group, has transformed well-known Chicago structures including Willis (Sears) Tower, Prudential Plaza,…

David Wichmann

CEO of the Minnetonka-based health care insurer and services company since 2017, David Wichmann is leading UnitedHealth through especially tempestuous times in his industry. He certainly knows it well. He’s…

John Wilgers

As workplace giving to United Way has waned, the philanthropic organization developed a new long-range plan and hired John Wilgers to lead its transformation. He accepted the top job this…

Philip Xiao

Homi bills itself as the “career center of the future.” Launched in 2015, the social networking platform enables college students to connect with alumni to find job opportunities. Philip Xiao…
Ping Yeh, CEO, StemoniX

Ping Yeh

2021, Alumni: Under Ping Yeh’s guidance, stem cell-based research firm and 2016 MN Cup winner StemoniX is currently working out the final details of a major merger with New Jersey-based…

Charlie Youakim

2021, Alumni: After doubling his fin-tech company’s headcount in 2020, Charlie Youakim is looking to bring even more employees on board in the new year. The company, which is based…

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…