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Nicole Pfeffer Community Outreach Manager

Nicole Pfeffer teaching financial education in a Staples Motley High School classroom. (Staples/Motley, MN) — March 25, 2024 — Mid Minnesota Federal Credit Union (MMFCU) recently promoted Nicole Pfeffer to Community Outreach Manager as her role has expanded to lead all the financial education taking place in the communities served by MMFCU. MMFCU’s mission is to provide resources to help improve the financial well-being of our members and communities we

MEA Wes Ashton MEA Board of Directors

  Wes Ashton, Chair, MEA Board of Directors <imgsrc=”” width=”300″ height=”122″ alt=”Logo for MEA Energy Association” class=”c1″></imgsrc=””> MEA appoints Wes Ashton of Black Hills Energy as board chair and announces the 2024-25 Board of Directors. MEA sets the standards for providing educational opportunities, creating industry connections, and helping leaders grow at all levels within their organizations.” — Wes Ashton (Bloomington, MN) —  March 19, 2024  — MEA Energy Association (MEA)

Inspectorio Chirag Patel CEO

(Minneapolis, MN) —  March 05, 2024  — Inspectorio, the leading global supply chain quality, sustainability, sourcing and compliance platform, today announced the appointment of Chirag Patel as its new CEO to accelerate the company’s strategic vision of optimizing performance, building resilience, and providing intelligence across production chains for global brands, retailers, and their multi-tier suppliers through its AI-powered platform. As part of this transition, co-founder and former CEO Carlos Moncayo

DigiKey’s Janette Esala

THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn., March 07, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — DigiKey, a leading global commerce distributor offering the largest selection of technical components and automation products in stock for immediate shipment, proudly announced that Janette Esala, senior director of performance marketing, has earned the Top 25 Women in Business recognition from Prairie Business magazine. This award honors and celebrates female professionals who boast impressive accomplishments, community involvement and work histories.

Fraser Chief Human Resources Officer Tracy Calhoun

    I’m excited to work here because of Fraser’s commitment to helping employees accomplish the best and most satisfying work of their careers. I, too, want the employee experience to be the best it can.” — Tracy Calhoun, Fraser Chief Human Resources Officer and Vice President (Richfield, MN) —  February 14, 2024  — Fraser has hired Tracy Calhoun as its Chief Human Resources Officer and Vice President. Calhoun is

Mike Carlson Max Gray Construction

  Mike Carlson Elected 2024 MBEX President MBEX Distinguished Member and Volunteer of the Year Awards Also Presented as Industry Leaders Hear About AI and Construction at Association’s Annual Meeting (Minneapolis, MN) —  February 12, 2024  — Mike Carlson, Max Gray Construction, Hibbing, was introduced as the 2024 President of the Minnesota Builders Exchange Board of Directors at the 136th Annual Meeting of the nonprofit construction industry trade association on

Minnesota Woman Dakota Lindwurm Makes US Olympic Marathon Team

(Orlando, Fl.) — February 3rd, 2024 — Orlando, Florida, basked in a blaze of sunshine as tens of thousands of enthusiastic fans lined its streets to witness the inaugural U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Marathon on Saturday, creating a historic moment for the state. The atmosphere was charged with anticipation, and the event did not disappoint. In a thrilling men’s race, training partners Conner Mantz and Clayton Young clinched the

NMDP BioTherapies New President Tom Hochuli

    Tom Hochuli will lead the organization as it renews its commitment to advancing cell and gene therapy   (Minneapolis, MN) —  January 30, 2024 – NMDP BioTherapies℠, formerly Be The Match BioTherapies, announced that Tom Hochuli will serve as president, leading the organization into its promising future phase. The appointment comes at a significant time for NMDP, which underwent a unifying, organization-wide brand change earlier this year driven

Girl Scouts River Valleys Appoints Lynnea Atlas-Ingebretson as Chief Operating Officer

  The transition will support River Valleys’ inclusion efforts by intentionally aligning DEI strategies with all operations.   (St Paul, MN) —  Jan. 9, 2024  — After serving as Chief DEI Officer (CDEIO) for the past two years, Lynnea Atlas-Ingebretson will be stepping into the role of Chief Operations Officer (COO) at Girl Scouts River Valleys, serving as second in command to the CEO. “This move signals a new way of

Kate Hamerly Spooner Vincent Companies

  Newest strategic hire signals strong growth for Vincent Real Estate and Vincent Development (Eden Prairie, MN) —  January 10, 2024 — Vincent Companies, a leader in real estate acquisition and development, today announced that Kate Hamerly Spooner has joined the firm’s senior executive team in the newly created role of Vice President of Investor Relations. In this position, Spooner will be responsible for capitalizing Vincent Companies’ development portfolio by

Accanto Health Dr. Tom Britton

(St Paul, MN) —  Jan. 08, 2024  — Accanto Health, a national leader in eating disorder specialty care and behavioral health services, announced the appointment of veteran behavioral health executive Dr. Tom Britton as CEO this week. Accanto Health encompasses renowned brands: The Emily Program, Veritas Collaborative, and Gather Behavioral Health. “As the awareness of eating disorders and the need for quality, compassionate care continues to grow, it’s vital to

Galina Olmsted Mia

(Minneapolis, MN) —(Jan, 4, 2024)—Galina Olmsted joined Mia in 2024 as associate curator of European art. Prior to her arrival at Mia, she was a curator at the Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art at Indiana University, where she organized a range of exhibitions including “The Art of the Character: Highlights from the Glenn Close Costume Collection.” She has also worked in curatorial departments at the National Gallery of

Icario Names Aerste Howells Chief Commercial Officer

MINNEAPOLIS, Jan. 02, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Icario, the healthcare industry’s leading engagement company, today announced it has named Aerste Howells Chief Commercial Officer, reporting to CEO Marc Willard effective Jan. 2. In this position, Howells will lead the organization’s sales and marketing teams while working with healthcare executives to help their organizations improve engagement to drive healthy behaviors. “Aerste has shown the ability to consistently generate revenue growth across

Inspire Medical Systems, Inc. Announces Appointment of Seasoned Medical Device Executive Myriam J. Curet, M.D. to its Board of Directors

(Minneapolis, MN) —  Dec. 28, 2023  — Inspire Medical Systems, Inc. (NYSE: INSP) (Inspire), a medical technology company focused on the development and commercialization of innovative, minimally invasive solutions for patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), today announced the appointment of Myriam J. Curet, M.D., as an independent Director to its Board, effective December 21, 2023. “We are excited to add Dr. Curet, a practicing, board-certified minimally invasive general surgeon

Brian Sikes Cargill CEO

(Wayzata, MN) — December 20, 2023 — Cargill President and CEO Brian Sikes has been elected Chair of Cargill’s Board of Directors, effective January 1, 2024. Sikes succeeds Dave MacLennan, who will retire as Executive Chair of Cargill’s Board at the end of 2023. Sikes began his career with Cargill in 1991 and was named President and CEO in January 2023. Sikes is the 10th CEO in Cargill’s 158-year history

EcoBCG CEO Sergio Castillo

  (Minneapolis, MN) —  December 13, 2023 — Twin Cities Business revealed that Sergio Castillo, CEO of MN-based company,  EcoBCG Corporation was named on the TCB 100 Newsmakers and Innovators for 2024. Sergio is one of the most dynamic and dedicated global leaders when it comes to building a culture of sustainability in companies. EcoBCG Corporation was ranked as the #1 engineering company in the USA in 2023. The TCB 100

Jennifer Barta Fractional CEO

  CPG veteran brings focused executive leadership to Minnesota-based entrepreneurs launching mission-driven businesses   (Minneapolis, MN) —  December 13, 2023 – FINNOVATION Lab, a professional resource hub supporting impact-driven CPG startups, has welcomed industry veteran Jennifer Barta to lead as Fractional CEO. Barta joins the organization with 30+ years of experience in the consumer products industry, including directing and managing at industry titans General Mills and Land O’ Lakes.  

B the Light Laura Doyen

(Mankato, MN) — November 30, 2023 – B the Light, a growing non-profit, dedicated to providing hope, support, and connections for breast cancer survivors in surrounding communities, proudly announces the appointment of Laura Doyen as its first Executive Director. Doyen brings a wealth of experience to her new role, having previously owned and successfully operated her own business. This, in combination with a rich history of community involvement, volunteerism, board

Dick Bremer Steps Down

  By Do-Hyoung Park   (Minneapolis, MN) — Oct. 31st, 2023 —  It’s time for one final left-hand toast for the man who was, for so long, the voice of summer in the Upper Midwest. Don’t say that last part to Dick Bremer, perhaps, because he would always insist that his voice shouldn’t be the focus; that should always remain on the team and players on the field. But Bremer’s deep

Michael Mendoza Sightline Commercial Solutions

(Minneapolis, MN) — Oct. 11, 2023  — To further elevate its profile and expand its footprint within the design and build arena, Sightline Commercial Solutions, a leading fabricator and global supplier of architectural railing, metal, glazing and portable platform solutions, has appointed Michael Mendoza as its new Director of Business Development. An accomplished sales veteran with a proven track record of building lasting relationships and driving growth, Mendoza will focus

Winnebago Industries Appoints Staci Kroon to Board of Directors

  (Eden Prairie, MN) –  Oct. 11, 2023  — Winnebago Industries, Inc.  a leading outdoor lifestyle product manufacturer, today announced the appointment of Staci Kroon to its board of directors, effective October 11, 2023. Kroon is the president and chief executive officer of BraunAbility, a global leader in mobility transportation solutions, providing independence to individuals in wheelchairs or with mobility challenges. In her role, she leads by fostering a learning

Bryan Hanson 3M's Health Care

Carrie Cox, industry veteran, to serve as independent Chairman of the Board of Directors of new company Monish Patolawala appointed 3M President and Chief Financial Officer, an expansion of his current leadership role (St Paul, MN) — Aug. 22, 2023  — 3M (NYSE: MMM) today announced the appointment of Bryan C. Hanson as Chief Executive Officer of the independent health care company when it is spun off from 3M. Hanson

Natalie Hudson Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice

(St Paul, MN) — August 23rd, 2023 —  Governor Tim Walz announced the appointment of Natalie Hudson as Minnesota’s next Supreme Court Chief Justice. She is the first African American person to hold the position, which she will assume on Oct. 2. Justice Hudson has served on the Minnesota Supreme Court since November 2015. Previously, she was a member of the Court of Appeals from 2002 until her appointment to

David Coyle Matthew Hull Garry Fournier

(Owatonna, MN) —  Aug. 03, 2023  — High Bar Brands has hired three new territory managers, each of whom have extensive sales experience. David Coyle, Matthew Hull, and Garry Fournier are joining the growing company as the Northwest, Southwest, and Western Canada TM, respectively. “I’m excited to work for the supplier of the products I’ve sold to customers for the past 10-plus years,” Hull said. Hull has a wealth of

Kevin Flynn

  CRMIT’s commitment to customer success, combined with their innovative solutions, presents an exciting opportunity for growth & transformation. I look forward to working closely with CRMIT team.” — Kevin Flynn (Minneapolis, MN) — July 31, 2023 — CRMIT Solutions, a global leader in customer 360 and digital transformation solutions, today announced the appointment of Kevin Flynn as a strategic revenue advisor. Kevin Flynn comes with an impressive track record,

Debra Lee Fader The Keys to Authenticity

  (Glenwood, MN) — July 31, 2023  — Celebrated Artist and Community Leader, Debra Lee Fader has collaborated with Jack Canfield and a distinguished group of professionals from across the globe to co-author the highly acclaimed book, The Keys to Authenticity. Published by CelebrityPress® LLC, the book was officially released on July 13, 2023. The day of its release, The Keys to Authenticity swiftly climbed the ranks of the Amazon

Keala Ede and Jon Schmidt

    (ST. PAUL, MN) — July 25th, 2023 – Governor Tim Walz and Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan today announced the appointment of Judge Keala Ede and Jon Schmidt to the Minnesota Court of Appeals. Ede and Schmidt will fill the vacancies that will occur upon the retirement of the Honorable Denise D. Reilly and the Honorable Lucinda E. Jesson, who both served in an at-large capacity.    Ede will

Bursch Travel Mike Davidson

  Bursch Travel Appoints Mike Davidson, President   (Alexandria, MN) —  Bursch Travel is excited to have Davidson join the team, bringing his vast knowledge and expertise in the travel industry to Bursch Travel. Bursch Travel announced that Mike Davidson has been appointed new President of the company. An experienced leader in travel, Davidson succeeded Lee Hurd as President and assumed responsibilities on May 1, 2023.  After 35 years with Bursch Travel,

Mostafa Kamal Prime Therapeutics

Paulus to retire after a storied career in health care (Eagan, MN) —  July 3, 2023 — Prime Therapeutics LLC (Prime), a pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) serving nearly 38 million members nationally, today announced that Mostafa Kamal will succeed Ken Paulus as President and CEO of Prime Therapeutics. Kamal currently serves as president of Prime Therapeutics, and the CEO of Magellan Rx, a Prime Therapeutics company. His new role elevates him to include

Icario Julia Zhang

  (Minneapolis, MN) —  June 20, 2023 — Icario, the healthcare industry’s largest health action company, today named Julia Zhang chief technology officer, reporting to chief executive officer Marc Willard. Zhang, who was most recently vice president of engineering at Teladoc Health, will help shape Icario’s future as leader of the company’s technology, product development, and data analytics functions. “I have had the opportunity to collaborate closely with Julia over

Daniel Sullivan & Chad Tameling

    MEA presents Daniel Sullivan of NiSource, Inc. & Chad Tameling of SET Environmental, Inc with awards for their service to the energy industry. (Bloomington, MN) — June 20, 2023  — MEA Energy Association (MEA) is honored to induct Daniel Sullivan, principal – environmental remediation, of NiSource, Inc., and Chad Tameling, executive VP for SET Environmental, Inc. into the MEA Hall of Fame for their service to the energy

Morgan Kennedy Game Day Technologies

  (Minneapolis, MN) —  June 16, 2023 — Game Day Technologies powered by Atomic Data is excited to announce the appointment of Morgan Kennedy as chief growth and experience officer. In this newly created client-facing role, Morgan is dedicated to establishing enduring relationships between brands, venues and audiences to drive growth through the power of technology. Her core accountability is helping clients elevate the audience experience to deliver sustained profitable

Pathway Health Barbara Bowers

(Lake Elmo, MN) —  June 07, 2023 — Barbara J. Bowers, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, Professor Emerita and Founding Director of the Center for Aging Research and Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Nursing, has been appointed a Senior Advisor for Pathway Health. “We are pleased to have established a relationship with Dr. Bowers. Her interest in improving the work-life quality for health care staff has driven her to

Amritesh Chaudhuri

  (Bloomington, MN) —  June 6, 2023  — ConvergeOne, the premier IP-enabled, solutions-led, customer experience company, announced that Amritesh (Amrit) Chaudhuri, former EVP and CMO at 8×8, will join ConvergeOne as President, Products and Markets, effective today. Amrit is a proven technology executive with more than 20 years of experience in leading products, marketing and go-to-market strategy for world-class products and services. Prior to his role at 8×8, Amrit held executive positions at

Hazelden Betty Ford Arnie Stueber

  (Center City, MN) — May 19, 2023 — The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation—the nation’s largest nonprofit provider of substance use treatment, mental health care and related research, education and prevention services—has selected Arnie Stueber to be its next chief financial and administrative officer. Stueber, a certified public accountant with an MBA from Marquette University, has nearly 20 years of experience in healthcare finance. For four years, he served as

League of Minnesota Cities Luke Fischer

(St. Paul, Mn) — May 4th, 2023  —The League of Minnesota Cities (LMC) Board of Directors has named Luke Fischer as the new executive director of the LMC, a statewide membership organization dedicated to promoting excellence in local government. He replaces Dave Unmacht, who previously announced he will retire this spring after eight years in the executive director role. Fischer will assume the position May 22. Fischer has served as

United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities Honors Rev. Jermaine Ross-Allam as First Spirit of United Award Recipient

  To me, Jermaine embodies that part of our spiritual heritage we affirm in our Presbyterian ordination vows: energy, intelligence, imagination, and love.”  — Rev. Phil Romine     (St Paul, MN) —  April 27, 2023 — United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities is thrilled to honor Rev. Anthony Jermaine Ross-Allam (’12) as its inaugural Spirit of United alum award recipient. Established this year, the Spirit of United award

Jeremy Ebert Chief Financial Officer

  (Maple Grove, MN) — April 27, 2023 — TopLine Financial Credit Union announces it has hired Jeremy Ebert as the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.   Jeremy is an accomplished financial services executive with over 20 years of experience in the industry. He joins the TopLine family from Wings Financial Credit Union where he most recently held the position of Vice President – Treasurer, and prior as a

Beth Long-Higgins Distinguished Alum

Long-Higgins is Executive Director United Church Home’s Ruth Frost Parker Center for Abundant Aging     In the field of aging services, Beth has positioned the Parker Center, UCH, and herself as a trusted voice in ethical, faith-informed, and innovative thought leadership and program design.”   — Rev. Dr. Kenneth Daniel     (St Paul, MN) — April 25, 2023 — United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities is proud to

Spencer Breithaupt PetVivo Holdings

  (Minneapolis, MN) — April 14, 2023  — PetVivo Holdings, Inc. an emerging biomedical device company focused on the commercialization of innovative medical therapeutics for companion animals and animal athletes is pleased to announce that Spencer Breithaupt has joined the Company’s Board of Directors. “We are thrilled to welcome Spencer to PetVivo’s Board of Directors” said John Lai, Chief Executive Officer of PetVivo Holdings, Inc. “Spencer brings a wealth of

Becky Jansen 2023 Notable Women in Stem

(Maple Grove, MN)  — April 11, 2023 — Upsher-Smith Laboratories, LLC (Upsher-Smith) today announced that Becky Jansen, Associate Vice President of Technical Services was recognized as a 2023 Notable Woman in STEM by Twin Cities Business. The honorees were featured in the April/May issue of Twin Cities Business and online at TCBmag.com. Click here to view the complete article. Twin Cities Business recognized 16 women in STEM who are leaders and innovators in their field. The honorees represent a

Pam Cannon Twin Cities United Way

(Minneapolis, MN) — April 6th, 2023 —  Metropolitan Economic Development Association (MEDA) is proud to announce that Pamela Cannon, JD, MA, Vice President & Chief People Officer at Meda, has been appointed to the Board of Directors for the Greater Twin Cities United Way (GTCUW). GTCUW is a leading provider of community giving, committed to creating a thriving community where everyone has the opportunity to thrive. Ms. Cannon brings 20

TopLine Financial Credit Union’s Tom Smith Inducted Into the Credit Union House Hall of Leaders

  (Maple Grove, MN) —  April 05, 2023 — TopLine Financial Credit Union’s President and CEO, Tom Smith, was recently inducted into the Credit Union House Hall of Leaders in Washington D.C. Smith received the honor during the Credit Union National Association’s (CUNA) annual Governmental Affairs Conference which was held the end of February, 2023. The Credit Union House Hall of Leaders provides lasting recognition for credit union leaders whose

Ivy Chang Most Trusted Business Professional

(Minnetonka, MN) — April 3, 2023 — Prominently featured in The Inner Circle, Ivy Chang is acknowledged as a Most Trusted Business Professional for her contributions to the field of Public Relations. Ms. Chang earned a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Minnesota in 1970. She began her career as an Editorial Assistant with Burlington Northern Inc. (now known as BNSF Railway Company). She accepted a position as Editor

Jim Lorenz 2023 MEA Board

  I am proud to assist in leading the MEA Board of Directors, along with their talented team, as we support the rapidly changing energy industry.”   — Jim Lorenz     (Bloomington, MN) —  March 28, 2023 — MEA Energy Association (MEA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Jim Lorenz as chair of the board and welcome all officers and directors to the 2023 MEA Board of Directors. On

American Swedish Institute Announces New President and CEO

Carnegie Mellon University vice provost Dr. Molly Wright Steenson, author, architectural historian and design professor, joins ASI as new leader (Minneapolis, MN) — March 22, 2023 — The American Swedish Institute is pleased to announce today that Dr. Molly Wright Steenson (she/her), Carnegie Mellon University vice provost for faculty, associate professor in the School of Design and the K&L Gates Associate Professor of Ethics and Computational Technology, will join the Minneapolis cultural center and museum as president and

CHS Sarah Bovim Vice President

CHS Names Sarah Bovim Vice President, Government Affair   (St Paul, MN) —  March 20, 2023 — CHS Inc. (NASDAQ: CHSCP), the nation’s leading agribusiness cooperative, today announced the appointment of Sarah Bovim as vice president, government affairs. Bovim brings over 17 years of experience to CHS, leading government affairs and public policy for Whirlpool Corporation and Albertsons Companies, one of the largest U.S. food and drug retailers. Before working in the

Amy Juers The Marketing Edge

  (Minneapolis, MN) —  March 16, 2023  — Edge Marketing, Inc. (formerly Edge Legal Marketing and Accounting Edge Marketing), a Minneapolis-based public relations and marketing firm serving the needs of organizations in the legal and accounting industries, announces CEO Amy Juers, MBA, has published her first book: The Marketing Edge: A Sharper Way to Approach Building a Brand. The Marketing Edge offers actionable and practical tips on performing a SWOT

High Bar Brands Territory Managers

  (Owatonna, MN) — March 15, 2023 — High Bar Brands is proud to announce the addition of two new Territory Managers to its sales team: Doug Eitel and Ryan Fleischhacker. With a passion for sales and a dedication to providing customers with high-quality products, both Eitel and Fleischhacker are excited to join the High Bar Brands family. Eitel, the new Northern Territory Manager, will support Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, and

Region’s Most Preferred Orthopedic Practice, Athletic Trainer Highlighted in National Publication

Heartland Orthopedic Specialists, Andrea Allyn, M.B.A., L.A.T., make lists in Becker’s Spine Review (Alexandria, MN) — March 2023 – Heartland Orthopedic Specialists and its clinic and sportsmedicine director, Andrea Allyn, M.B.A., L.A.T., were recently recognized in the national industrypublication Becker’s Spine Review. Listed in two compilations of leaders in orthopedics, theregionally preferred practice was noted for its exemplary joint replacement service and Allyn’sleadership in sports medicine. Patients in need of