The TCB 100 - 2023

Illustration of TCB top 100 people to know

Meet the business leaders, trailblazers, and newsmakers poised to make an
impression in 2023.

Every summer, the editors of TCB sit down and make a list. A list of the people in and around Minnesota business likely to make news and drive change in the year ahead. Then we cut the list down to 100, and that’s no easy task, because this list includes not just business, but also government and philanthropic worlds that intersect with business. We like to think of the TCB 100 as the proverbial “little black book” of key people to watch in our coverage area. So sit back, share in the success of some old friends, and get to know some new ones. —Adam Platt

By Liz Fedor, Allison Kaplan, Winter Keefer, Stephanie March, Tina Nguyen, Dan Niepow, Adam Platt, and Gene Rebeck.

Andrew Leone

Andrew Leone

In 2016, Andrew Leone and co-founder Ryan Hanson took Dispatch, formerly an in-house tool used to track product delivery, and expanded it into a B2B delivery service platform. Based in…
Charles Levine

Charles Levine

Before Charles Levine opened Hemp Acres in 2017—now the largest hemp processing operation in the state—the young entrepreneur and farmer was ready to start a hard-cider operation. But he saw…
Scott Lien

Scott Lien

Scott Lien has always had an “optimizer” mindset, focused on how everyday items and actions can be better and more efficient. Case in point: After seeing his elderly mother struggle…
Julie Lucas

Julie Lucas

In August, Julie Lucas became the new head of MiningMinnesota, the Virginia-based trade organization for the nonferrous mining industry. Though projects to mine metals such as copper and nickel in…
Shareen Luze

Shareen Luze

RBC has made a concerted effort to attract more women to financial services careers, and it has worked. But Shareen Luze is not resting on that accomplishment. “We haven’t been…
Chris Makowske

Chris Makowske

Chris Makowske says his organization’s core mission is to “reimagine the role of a cemetery in modern life.” A 13-year employee at the Minneapolis cemetery, he plans to spend much…
Michelle Mann

Michelle Mann

Michelle Mann, one of three co-owners of Mann Theatres, took center stage during the $1.5 million rehab of the historic Edina Theatre’s four-screen theater. The renovated venue opened in October…
Celeste Mastin

Celeste Mastin

The writing was on the wall in March 2022 when adhesives manufacturing behemoth H.B. Fuller hired industry superstar Celeste Mastin as executive vice president and chief operating officer. She’d been…
Greg McGee

Greg McGee

Greg McGee wakes up at 5 a.m. to paint—a watercolor, a portrait. “I haven’t really landed on a style,” McGee says, and, in fairness, he’s not a professional artist. A…
Sharon McMahon

Sharon McMahon

A retired high school teacher in Duluth, Sharon McMahon found her calling on Instagram during the 2020 election. She witnessed friends and followers confounded by misinformation and put her civics…
David McMillan

David McMillan

This past summer, David McMillan returned to his undergraduate alma mater, this time as its chancellor. The former Minnesota Power executive and former University of Minnesota regent will be using…
Peter Michaud

Peter Michaud

Peter Michaud joined Ballard Spahr through its 2018 merger with Lindquist & Vennum, where he’d started as a summer associate in 1996. He’ll formally take over as Ballard’s chair on…
Chris Montana

Chris Montana

In 2023, DuNord Social Spirits turns 10 years old. “In many ways, as odd as it is for me to say it, DuNord is almost a startup again.” says founder…
Christine Moore

Christine Moore

A California native, Christine Moore moved to Minnesota in 2003 for a job with Best Buy, where she worked for nine years. She went on to lead global talent management…
Tia Newcomer

Tia Newcomer

On the job since June 2021, Tia Newcomer brings years of experience with Fortune 100s and venture-backed life-sciences startups to CaringBridge, the Eagan-based nonprofit online platform that helps families and…
Marshall Nguyen

Marshall Nguyen

In 2017, Marshall Nguyen walked into a commercial real estate expo to find he was the only Asian there, which spurred him to bring representation to the dynamic field. Nguyen’s…
Beth Lindborg and Timothy O’Brien

Beth Lindborg, Timothy O’Brien

For Beth Lindborg and Timothy O’Brien, cartilage restoration is a personal mission: Lindborg’s mother had both knees replaced and O’Brien himself is facing osteoarthritis. Working together in stem cell research…
Lea Olsen

Lea Olsen

A standout in the classroom and on the basketball court at the University of Minnesota, Lea Olsen has transferred her sports acumen to broadcasting. She’s a sideline reporter for Timberwolves…