The TCB 100 - 2022

illustration on opposite page (top to bottom) Change Agent: Seena Hodges/The Woke Coach Next Gen: Brian Heimann/Rally Studios Emerging: Florian Riedel/Four Seasons Minneapolis Overachiever: Danny del Prado/Restaurateur Innovator: Pilar Cruz/Cargill Builder: Shari Ballard/Minnesota United FC
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Seena Hodges/The Woke Coach; Brian Heimann/Rally Studios; Florian Riedel/Four Seasons Minneapolis; Danny del Prado/Restaurateur; Pilar Cruz/Cargill; Shari Ballard/Minnesota United FC

TCB top 100 logoWe like to think of the annual TCB 100 as the “little black book” of the influencers, thought leaders, and key players likely to be making news or driving change in the year ahead. Not just in business, but in key government and philanthropic roles that affect the business community.

So follow along and meet some new people or share in the success of some old friends. And don’t forget to drop us a line if you’d like to suggest a name one of us can yell out for next year’s. —Adam Platt

(The 2020 TCB 100 list was written by Tess Allen, Liz Fedor, Burl Gilyard, Allison Kaplan, Sarah Lutman, Stephanie March, Dan Niepow, Adam Platt and Gene Rebeck)

Mac Pulmstead

Mac Plumstead

Until Duluth-based Loll Designs was acquired by Landscape Forms of Michigan in 2020, the outdoor furniture maker ran like a small business, with its executives leading design decisions. It worked—Loll’s…
Daniel Del Prado

Daniel del Prado

No other culinary force in town has pushed forward harder since the pandemic than Daniel del Prado. His Martina and Colita in South Minneapolis weathered the storm doing takeout and…
Michael Raich

Michael Raich

Next fall, five northeastern Minnesota community colleges will become one. It’s a merger Michael Raich has been helping drive since mid-2019. The unification will create efficiencies—the campuses will have one…

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…
Florian Riedel

Florian Riedel

In June 2022, the Twin Cities enters the big leagues of luxury hospitality when Four Seasons opens the region’s first five-star hotel. The man charged with getting all the details…
Jeff Ross

Jeff Ross

Eden Prairie-based Miromatrix is not your average medical company. It’s developing bioengineered organs—livers and kidneys—that can be transplanted in humans. Jeff Ross, who holds a Ph.D. in molecular, cellular, and…
Dr. Kah-Whye Peng and Dr. Stephen Russell

Dr. Kah-Whye Peng and Dr. Stephen Russell

When Mayo Clinic recruited Dr. Stephen Russell in 1998 to establish a new gene therapy program, he had one condition: that he could assemble his own team, which would include…
Nonoko Sato

Nonoko Sato

Nonoko Sato took over the St. Paul-based Minnesota Council of Nonprofits (MCN) in August, having served as associate director since 2018. MCN’s membership of more than 2,000 nonprofits gives it…
Nick Schneider

Nick Schneider

Nick Schneider’s Eden Prairie-based cybersecurity firm Arctic Wolf has seen 100 percent year-over-year growth for the past eight years in a row. Though he’d been with Arctic Wolf since 2016,…
Dave Anderson and Steve Schussler

Dave Anderson and Steve Schussler

The man who perfected the idea of “eatertainment” has joined forces with the man who brought respectable barbecue to the Lutheran Midwest and they both want to reorient your pizza…
Jackson Schwartz

Jackson Schwartz

When Jackson Schwartz moved his lighting company, Hennepin Made, from Northeast Minneapolis in 2016, he didn’t have much of a plan for the new 30,000-square-foot building—or the neighborhood by the…
Lisa Shannon

Lisa Shannon

Lisa Shannon takes over for Penny Wheeler on Jan. 1, and knows she has big shoes to fill as she ascends from the president/COO role at Minneapolis-based Allina Health. She…
Christe Singleton

Christe Singleton

Christe Singleton has worked with Minneapolis-based CenterPoint Energy for nearly four decades. Named vice president, Minnesota Gas, in September, she’s now responsible for the state’s largest natural gas utility. The…
Steele Smiley

Steele Smiley

Steele Smiley has always been one step ahead of the curve. Long before boutique fitness became trendy, Smiley started Steele Fitness, which he sold to the owners of Snap Fitness…
Jim Snee

Jim Snee

Jim Snee’s tenure at Hormel has made manifest the company’s intent to evolve a meat company into a diversified, snack-driven food business. Austin-based Hormel has divested business units that proved…
Pete Speranza

Pete Speranza

Plant-based foods are drawing more interest than ever. Edina-based Wicked Foods, doing business as Wicked Kitchen, is an emerging player. The packaged food company landed $14 million in financing in…
Phil Steger

Phil Steger

Phil Steger’s not your typical whiskey-maker. Then again, his whiskey isn’t typical, either. Steger’s path to founding his Minneapolis distillery and whiskey room was a winding one. He’s lived in…

Eric Taipale

Minnesota is the natural home for an agtech company. St. Paul-based Sentera developed the Field Agent software platform, which uses drone sensors to help farmers gauge the health of crops.…