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Marco, Inc.

Marco, Inc. was named North Central Partner of the Year by Microsoft’s US Small & Mid-sized Business (SMB) Champions Club.  Microsoft’s US SMB Champions Club is an exclusive program designed for partners who have a proven track record of delivering Microsoft solutions to businesses in the US small and medium business segment and have committed to advancing their cloud business practice. Marco also assumed responsibility for the copier sales and service previously provided by Crabtree Companies, Inc. Marco welcomed the employees that previously supported Crabtree’s copier sales and service to its employee-owned team. Since 2004, Marco has grown from 200 employees to 900 employees at 42 locations nationally. 

Lurie (formerly Lurie Besikof Lapidus & Company, LLP)

Lurie Besikof Lapidus & Company, LLP, changed its name to Lurie, LLP, effective October 1. The change comes as the firm celebrates its 75th anniversary. Lurie consistently ranks among the top 15 accounting firms in the Twin Cities and was recently recognized as a 2015 Regional Leader by Accounting Today magazine. 


Kraus-Anderson  has formed Kraus-Anderson Development Company, a new collaboration between KA Realty and KA Construction.  KA Development, led by president Mike Korsh,  is an integrated approach to address growing demand for commercial real estate services, including site selection, acquisition, financing, management and leasing. The new entity has been formed as Kraus-Anderson prepares to consolidate its own Twin Cities offices and activities under one roof.   Plans soon will be finalized to build a new Minneapolis headquarters office and redevelop the company’s current downtown block.  

U.S. Bank/Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest

Jeff Kerr, president of U.S. Bank Institutional Trust and Custody, has been named chairman of the board of directors for Junior Achievement of The Upper Midwest, Inc. (JAUM) for the 2015-2016 fiscal year.  Kerr has been a dedicated member of JAUM’s board of directors since 2006, and has served previously as treasurer and first vice chair. Kerr has been with U.S. Bank since 1998, and has worked in banking for 28 years.


Bridging has hired  Mark Wilkening as its new executive director. Wilkening brings more than two decades of nonprofit leadership, strategic planning, operations, development and financial experience to Bridging. Most recently he served as President of Angel Foundation, which provides emergency financial assistance, education and support to local adults with cancer and their families. 

Target Corporation

Since 2010, when Target committed to investing $1 billion for education by the end of 2015, the corporation has donated more than 8.2 million books and renovated 200+ libraries in need.  Sixteen million dollars in school supplies have been provided as well as more than $432 million in unrestricted funding through the Take Charge of Education program.  More than 120,000 schools nationwide have been touched by this program. 

Hilton Minneapolis

Kenneth Jarka is general manager of Hilton Minneapolis, effective September 8, 2015.  Jarka brings 22 years of experience to his new role at Hilton Minneapolis. In his former role as hotel manager at New York Hilton Midtown, he was responsible for the overall operation of the hotel and had direct oversight of all operational departments. 

Foley & Mansfield
The national law firm of Foley & Mansfield announced that attorneys Aalok K. Sharma and Courtney Blanchard  have joined the firm’s Minneapolis office.  Both will focus in commercial and tort litigation.  Sharma has argued multiple appeals before the both the Minnesota Court of Appeals and the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. He was honored as a 2014 North Star Lawyer by the MSBA for his pro bono service, and worked as a public accountant prior to practicing law.  Blanchard clerked for the Minnesota Court of Appeals before joining the firm. Prior to law school, she worked as a newspaper reporter and covered crime, courts, and politics for publications such as the Star Tribune and the Dubuque Telegraph Herald.  

Lindquist & Vennum, LLP

Lindquist & Vennum LLP, which moved into the IDS Center when the property opened 43 years ago, has extended its lease and will create an innovative 81,000 square foot workplace in the Minneapolis landmark office tower that reflects the extensive changes happening in the legal profession. The firm will relocate its 300 Minneapolis attorneys and staff onto floors 18 through 21. The new space is designed to foster greater client service through increased communication, collaboration and community. 

Village Green – Soo Line Building City Apartments

The Soo Line Building City Apartments has won the Impact Award from the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota. They share the honor with BKV Group (architects), and Frana Companies (general contractor) on the project. The 100 year old downtown historic commercial building was redeveloped by Village Green into 254 luxury apartments, penthouses and retail/restaurant space.  This is the eighth award given to the complex, which includes Best New Large Apartment Community in the nation.

Xcel Energy

Xcel Energy employees, retirees, friends and families joined together Saturday, September 12 for their annual Day of Service to make a difference in the communities they serve across Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota. The volunteers participated in 29 projects that included packing school supplies, painting community centers, cleaning up several nature centers and packaging food.  In total, 712 volunteers contributed nearly 2,200 hours or service, a value of more than $53,000 according to the Points of Light Foundation in Washington, D.C.

Marco, Inc.

Marco was named #79 on The Channel Company’s 2015 CRN Fast Growth 150 list. Based on gross revenue over the two-year period from 2012 to 2014, The Fast Growth 150 list ranks solution providers based in North America with significant economic growth. Also, the company was recognized by  Great Place to Work® and Fortune as one of the 100 Best Workplaces for Women. Marco was ranked #79.  Marco and the 99 other winning companies were selected based on evaluations by over 135,600 female employees on Great Place to Work’s Trust Index© employee survey.

U.S. Bank

U.S. Bank announced that multiple Minneapolis-based advisors have received their Certified Financial Planner certification. Individuals who choose to pursue this certification follow a rigorous curriculum established by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. (CFP Board) and are among a select group of professionals in the financial services industry. From the U.S. Bank Private Client Group: Mark Anderson and from the U.S. Bank Private Client Reserve: Aimee Brantseg,  Jason Beumer, Jayne Ellegard and Paul Springmeyer. 






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