Bloomington Mayo Gene Winstead presented a proclamation to Craig Plekkenpol at the beginning of the Bloomington City Council meeting on Monday, February 1. February 20th, 2016 has been designated as Craig Plekkenpol Day in the city of Bloomington. Plekkenpol and his company were recognized for their 45 years of business in Bloomington as well as contributions to many local organizations. Craig Plekkenpol has also received the Robert L. Hanson Industry Service Award for his dedication & service to The Builders Association of the Twin Cities.
Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
Jamie Grant is the new president & CEO for the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts. Grant moves to Minnesota in April from Austin, Texas where is he currently holds the same position at Long Center in Austin, Texas and was previously general manager of Centre in the Square in Kitchener, Ontario. Both the Austin and Kitchener facilities are multiple-user venues roughly similar to the Ordway, with main halls slightly larger than the Ordway's 1,910-seat Music Theater.
NorthWestern Financial Review named Tom Beck as their annual Banker of the Year. Beck is currently the President/CEO of Northeast Bank, joining the Bank in 1978 as a management trainee. He has been an active member of the community throughout his years in banking. Beck is currently a member, and past Chair, of the Catholic Eldercare Board of Directors. This annual honor is bestowed upon one bank president, CEO or chairman selected from submissions received from their designated 14 state region. Also, Jason Helgemoe joined the bank (Columbia Heights location) as VP - Commercial Lending. Helgemoe holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Minnesota and volunteers as the Chair of the Mounds View Economic Development Commission and the Mounds View Business Council.
Eric Casteel was promoted to Senior Director of IT Sales. Casteel has been with Marco for 14 years and has 22 years of industry experience. Casteel will be responsible for Marco’s IT sales initiatives and strategies. Pat Haney was promoted to Director of Major Accounts. Haney has been with Marco for four years and has 22 years of industry experience. Haney’s responsibilities include leading Marco’s Major Account Sales Team. Also, Marco purchased Data Comm, Inc. located in Missouri and Nexus Office Systems, Inc. in Illinois. Since 2010, the company has grown from 350 employees to 1,030 employees and now has 48 locations. Marco serves 30,000 customers throughout the Midwest and nationally.
M. A. Mortenson Company announced the promotion of Dwight Larson to senior vice president and general counsel. Larson leads Mortenson’s legal department and is responsible for oversight and counsel for all legal matters and in areas of compliance and corporate governance. He joined Mortenson in 2004. Prior to joining Mortenson, Larson served as corporate counsel for Honeywell’s building controls business in Minneapolis.
PCL Construction broke ground on Hennepin County’s new South Minneapolis Regional Service Center. Located at Lake Street and Hiawatha Avenue, the project includes a 5-story, 100,000 sf office building on top of a 400 stall, 3 level parking structure. It is the first phase of a transit-oriented master planned development by L&H Station Development, LLC.
Kathleen Loucks and Mike Moline have become shareholders of Lommen Abdo, P.A. Loucks is a litigator who focuses on business and construction defect litigation, as well as medical malpractice and insurance coverage disputes. Moline concentrates his trial practice on construction defects, commercial litigation and first-party insurance coverage claims.
Finance & Commerce 2016 Progress Minnesota Honorees
The following Chamber member businesses/individuals were chosen as 2016 Progress Minnesota honorees by Finance & Commerce: Individuals: Ravi Norman, Thor Construction; David Reiling Sunrise Banks and Malini Wright, Bremer Bank. Wells Fargo Bank received honors as a company. These individuals and companies are honored for making an economic impact across the state of Minnesota in innovative ways.
Fair State Brewing Cooperative
Fair State Brewing Cooperative was named one of just 10 “Top New Brewers In The World” by RateBeer.com, the world’s largest and most accurate beer rating website. Fair State is the first Minnesota brewery to receive this distinction, and it was also declared the best new brewery in Minnesota. The RateBeer Best awards rely on independent judging of commercially available samples worldwide, meaning it provides a more accurate representation of the beer a brewery is actually selling to consumers. The awards are the reflection of the judgment of hundreds of thousands of reviewers worldwide. Fair State had to best over 5400 new breweries to land in the top ten.
U.S. Bank/Hubbard Broadcasting/Surly Brewing Co./Lurie, LLP
U.S. Bank announces the addition of Ginny Morris, chair and chief executive officer of Hubbard Radio, LLC, Omar Ansari, founder and president of Surly Brewing Co. and Beth Kieffer Leonard, managing partner at Lurie, LLP, to its Twin Cities Advisory Board of Directors. “We could not have asked for more accomplished and well-respected leaders to join our advisory board than Ginny, Omar and Beth,” said Phillip Trier, market president for U.S. Bank Twin Cities. “They have all built incredibly successful businesses in the Twin Cities and are equally committed to contributing to the greater community. Their insights will be invaluable as board members to assist our leadership with key business and strategic decisions in the Twin Cities.”