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)

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…
Angie Tebbe

Angie Tebbe

In its first two years of business, Minneapolis-based startup Rae Wellness products landed on shelves at national retailers including Target and amassed more than 160,000 TikTok followers, and a growing…
Sean Sherman and Dana Thompson

Sean Sherman and Dana Thompson

Having cooked in many kitchens around the Twin Cities, Sean Sherman, who is Oglala Lakota, was surprised when the modern culinary and locavore movements didn’t seem to include indigenous foods.…
Gia Vang

Gia Vang

After anchoring news in Fresno, California, Gia Vang moved to Minnesota in 2019. She’s the first Hmong-American television anchor in the Twin Cities, co-hosting KARE-11 Sunrise, which just won a…
Manny Villafaña

Manny Villafaña

Manny Villafaña, the legendary—and tireless—med-tech entrepreneur, whose innovative pacemakers and heart valves launched Cardiac Pacemakers (acquired by Boston Scientific), St. Jude Medical (Abbott), and ATS Medical (Medtronic), believes Medical 21…
Patricia Wall

Patricia Wall

It took several years to take root, but the Market at Malcolm Yards, between the University of Minnesota and Prospect Park in Minneapolis, was the food sensation of 2021. Much…
Michael Walters

Michael Walters

Serial entrepreneur Michael Walters says he’s long hoped to build a firm that’s not limited by one area of expertise or industry—he calls it “the company of ‘and.’ ” Studio…
Tim Welsh

Tim Welsh

Can a big bank be hip? Fortune 500 U.S. Bank has been selectively acquiring fintech startups with an eye on the digital future. Tim Welsh is a key player in…
Houston White

Houston White

He’s long advocated investment in Black businesses over charities, and now serial entrepreneur Houston White gets to show off what happens when U.S. Bank, Target, and others bet on you.…
Nadim Yared

Nadim Yared

2022, Innovators: Nadim Yared has led Brooklyn Park-based CVRx since 2006. Its signature product, Barostim, is an implantable device that uses neuromodulation to treat heart disease. While the company was…