The TCB 100 - 2020

Teresa Rasmussen

2022, Builders: Teresa Rasmussen was managing counsel of American Express before joining Thrivent as general counsel in 2005. She became CEO in 2018 and is building the company into a…

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…

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

2022, Builders: A veteran executive, Jean Taylor is just the third person to lead St. Paul-based American Public Media Group in its 54 years. She took the helm in August…

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…