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Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal's Women in Business 2015

The award recognizes women for their professional achievements, leadership qualities, and contributions to the broader Twin Cities community. Chamber member award winners include: Sarah Gavin, Weber Shandwick, honored with the Career Achievement Award; Laura McCarten, Xcel Energy and chair of the MRCC Board of the Directors;  Laura Oberst, Wells Fargo Bank Minnesota, Britt Carlson, Minnesota Timberwolves/Lynx; Kelly Mansell, M.A. Mortenson Co.; Joy King, American Cancer Society; Suzann Brown, U.S. Bancorp; Kelly Matter, Resource, Inc.; Nichol Beckstrand, Sunrise Banks; Diane Kern, Cushman & Wakefield/NorthMarq; Judy Lysne, Lifeworks Services, Inc. and Ann Marie Woessner-Collins, Jones Lang LaSalle. 

Bloomington Theatre and Art Center

On July 1, 2015, Bloomington Theatre and Art Center (BTAC) will change its name to Artistry. BTACserves an audience of 70,000+ per year with theater productions, exhibitions, and arts education programs. The new name and logo will also help audiences, artists, funders, and other stakeholders understand that BTAC is a nonprofit producing arts organization based in the city-owned Bloomington Center for the Arts, which serves as a home for seven independent organizations with varied missions and programs. BTAC’s programming takes place in the Center for the Arts and many other locations throughout the Twin Cities. 

Mortenson Company

M. A. Mortenson Company has hired Dave Foley as a Construction Executive, specializing in healthcare construction, for Mortenson’s Minneapolis office. Foley has more than 30 years of experience in construction.  Prior to joining Mortenson, he was vice president of Minneapolis operations at Knutson Construction.  Mortenson Construction was named the nation’s fifth largest healthcare builder by Modern Healthcare magazine in 2014, with more than $1.1 billion in healthcare construction. Also, Logan Gerken was hired as director of project development for the Sports Group. Gerken is responsible for providing leadership to the business development team while helping current and prospective customers within the sports and entertainment market achieve their business objectives.

Treasure Island Resort & Casino

Treasure Island Resort and Casino opened their new restaurant - Tako Steakhouse.  Literally translated, the Mdewakanton word Tado means beef.  A classic steakhouse restaurant, Tado will serving 1881 Omaha Hereford Beef, which is the top 2% of the beef produced as well as a broad range of entrees and side dishes.  They will also offer the areas's only teppanyaki dining.

Opus Group

The Opus Group announced an agreement with Carlston Real Estate Company to develop approximately 35 acres within The Oaks Business Park at the northeast corner of Interstate 94 and Interstate 694 in Oakdale, Minnesota.  Plans for the site include approximately 450,000 square feet of office and office flex space. The site has a unique combination of locations, offering opportunities with freeway visibility or more secluded sites overlooking natural wetland and water features all within a first-class business park setting.

Kraus Anderson

Kraus-Anderson® Construction Company (KA)  promoted Michael Spence, AIA, FCSI to vice president, director of quality.  Spence has served as KA’s director of quality since 2008.  He will oversee an integrated process for quality at all levels, including technical and quality-related training and professional development programs. Spence is a 40-year industry veteran in the design and construction industry where he focused on large complex projects. 

Bank of America/EMERGE Career & Technology Center

Bank of America has chosen EMERGE as their 2014 Neighborhood Builder winner in Minnesota.  Bank of America's  Neighborhood Builders® program recognizes high performing nonprofits by providing leadership training for the executive director and an emerging leader paired with $200,000 in funding. Now in its tenth year, the program has created impact across the country with 800 nonprofit awardees and leadership training for 1,600 nonprofit leaders. The program was developed to give nonprofits an opportunity to invest their human capital while also developing their capacity to deliver much-needed services. 

RBC Wealth Management

RBC Wealth Management-U.S. named Wally Chapman director of its 142-person Minneapolis complex, assuming his new role on March 1st of this year.   Chapman joined the company in 1995 and was branch director for RBC Wealth Management’s Edina office. He succeeds Kevin Ketelsleger, who has served as Minneapolis complex director since 2002.  In conjunction with Chapman's transition to Minneapolis complex director, Tom Schulenberg took on the role of branch director in Edina. Schulenberg was formerly the branch director at the Wayzata office. 

2015 World's Most Ethical Businesses

U.S. Bank and Thrivent Financial have been recognized by the Ethisphere Institute, the global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices, as a 2015 World’s Most Ethical Company®. The World’s Most Ethical Companies designation recognizes those organizations that have had a material impact on the way business is conducted by fostering a culture of ethics and transparency at every level of the company. U.S. Bank is the fifth largest commercial bank in the U.S. and the largest U.S.-based bank being honored by the Institute this year. Thrivent Financial made the financial services list. 

FASTSIGNS Minneapolis

FASTSIGNS of downtown Minneapolis was named one of the top centers out of more than 570 locations worldwide at the 2015 FASTSIGNS International Convention, which was held in Dallas, Texas. The locally owned and operated business received the Pinnacle Club Award, which is given to the centers ranked 26 to 125 in the U.S. and Canada for sales volume from the previous year.  

Databank, Ltd.

DataBank, Ltd. has been awarded The Uptime Institute's Tier III Certification for their design documents of the company’s data center currently under construction in Eagan, MN. This certification offers companies the assurance that DataBank’s data center will offer the highest-spec multi-tenant data center environment available in the region. 

2015 Finance & Commerce Progress Minnesota

The Progress Minnesota awards are given to those individuals and companies which made an economic impact across the state of Minnesota in unique and innovative ways.  Chamber members receiving recognition: In the individual category,  M.A. "Mort" Mortenson, Jr. (M.A. Mortenson Company) and Louis J. King III (Summit Academy OIC) will receive lifetime achievement awards. Companies being recognized:  Andersen Windows, Cambria Co., DataBank, Marco, Inc.,  and Be The Match (National Marrow Donor Program). 

Hennepin County Medical Center

After completing a comprehensive on-site survey, Baby-Friendly USA Inc. designated  Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) as a Baby-Friendly Hospital.  Baby-Friendly USA, Inc. is the national authority for the implementation of the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI), a global program sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). The initiative encourages and recognizes hospitals and birthing centers that offer an optimal level of care for breastfeeding mothers and their babies. 

metroConnections,  Inc.

metroConnections, Inc. has received multiple awards: two Star Awards from the International Special Events Society, an independent win at the MN Meetings + Events Best of Awards and a joint win in the Best Event category. metro was awarded Best Team Effort for transportation services provided for the MPI WEC Opening Reception as well as Best Event Décor & Design Over $25,000 for the MPI WEC Closing Reception. At  Minnesota Meeting + Events Best of Awards, metro was awarded Best Team-Building Activity/Facilitator/Organizer for its creative team-building activities and recognized for their role in MPI WEC 2014, winner of the Best Event award. 

The Westin Edina Galleria

Westin Hotels & Resorts’ world-wide leadership team named The Westin Edina Galleria as its top property in North America for Guest Experience Index Loyalty Performance. This is the fourth time in the past five years that The Westin Edina Galleria has received this top honor from the international luxury hotel and resort chain, which includes an elite list of more than 200 luxury properties on six continents world-wide. The Westin Edina Galleria, which opened in 2008, received the 2014 recognition due to its outstanding customer service and guest satisfaction performance. 

University of Minnesota

The National Institutes of Health awarded $3 million to the University of Minnesota to ramp up commercialization of health care technologies, becoming one of three new Research Evaluation and Commercialization Hubs (REACH) nationwide. The funding, plus $3 million in matching dollars from the university, will go toward training researchers, partnerships with businesses and other initiatives. The grant will support between 10 and 20 commercialization projects per year centered around areas such as diagnostics tools, medical devices and preventative medicine.

Marco, Inc.                                                               

Marco, Inc. purchased Better Business Equipment (BBE), a copier and printer company located in Omaha, Nebraska. This is the 12th acquisition that the company has completed over the past two and a half years. Since 2009, the company has grown from 270 employees to over 890 employees and now has 42 locations nationally. The company was also named a 2015 MSPmentor 501 Top Managed Services company by Penton Technology in their eighth-annual MSPmentor 501 Global Edition. Ranked number 20, Marco is identified as one of the world’s top 501 managed service providers (MSPs).

Kinderberry Hill Child Development Center

The Terri Lynne Lokoff Child Care Foundation (TLLCCF)announced Yelena Rud at the Kinderberry Hill Child Development Center in downtown Minneapolis, MN has been selected to receive the 2015 Terri Lynne Lokoff/Children’s TYLENOL® National Child Care Teacher Award.  This exemplary early care and education teacher was selected from a pool of applicants nationwide. The recipients of the Terri Lynne Lokoff National Child Care Teacher Awards designed an enhancement project that illustrates the educational, social and emotional benefits for the children in their care. Rud’s award-winning project that she will implement with a grant from the awards program is "My  Five Senses-Learning About Winter". 

Forbes Magazine America's Best Employers

Several Chamber member businesses were included in the inaugural Forbes Magazine list of American's Best Employers - 500 private and public sector employers in 25 industries across the nation that Forbes says offer job seekers the best situations.  Chamber member businesses include:  The University of Minnesota (#65), Mayo Clinic (#74), General Mills (#165), Thrivent Financial (#266), and U.S. Bank (#302).

Minnesota Diversified Industries (MDI)  

Minnesota Diversified Industries (MDI), announced  Peg McQuillan as the new Director of Development for the organization. McQuillan has been hired to direct and execute the strategies and tactical elements of MDI’s newly formed development efforts.  She has eleven years of leadership experience in the development arena at Memorial Blood Centers and Emergency Foodshelf Network (now The Food Group.) 

Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest

Junior Achievement and the Minneapolis Public Schools partnered to offer Spring Break Academy again this year. Nearly 150 K-8th grade students at Anishinabe Academy learned about being responsible workers, consumers and citizens through JA's experiential programs. The school district partnered with JA in its efforts to reduce the learning gap and accelerate academic outcomes for underserved students. 

J. Murphy & Associates

J. Murphy & Associates, announces the following promotions and hires: Becky Boland promoted to Development Director;  Nancy Swanholm to Development Director and Mary Rozwadowski to Development Manager. Hires include: Michelle Byers as Human Resources Manager;   Rachel Fulkerson as Director of Communications Fundraising and Events Newsletter Posting; Kathryn Keeler as Development Manager; Ellie Knoll as Event Coordinator/Development Coordinator;  Sarah Price as Development Coordinator and Rachel Thompson as Graphic – Web Designer. 

CenterPoint Energy

CenterPoint Energy ranked first among the largest Midwest Region natural gas utilities in the U.S. and second in the South Region for operational satisfaction in the Cogent™ Energy Reports 2014 Utility Trusted Brand & Engagement™ Residential study. The study is a comprehensive survey of customers regarding operational satisfaction, product experience and brand trust. In December, CenterPoint Energy was also named a Utility Customer Champion by Cogent Reports. 

Opus Group

The Opus Group announced the promotions of Matt Rauenhorst to vice president, real estate development, and of Phil Cattanach to director, real estate development, at Opus Development Company, L.L.C.  Rauenhorst joined Opus in 2008 In his new role, he will oversee new residential living and office development opportunities throughout the Midwest.  Cattanach joined Opus in 2004. As director, his  responsibilities include speculative and build-to-suit developments across multiple sectors, including office, industrial and retail. 

Military Times "Best for Vets:  Employers 2015 list"

Two Chamber member businesses are among the country's best places for veterans to work:  U.S. Bank and Xcel Energy. The questions in the new service's  survey were aimed at finding out whether each company's culture, hiring practices and policies are friendly to America's veterans. Not all businesses which responded were included on the list.  Both companies were on last year's list. 

Doherty Employment Group

Doherty Employment Group  is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year having been founded in April 2980 by Timothy Doherty.  In 1982, Doherty installed its first computer system, making it one of the first organizations in the industry to take advantage of technology for candidate search and retrieval.  In 1985, Inc. Magazine named  the business as one of the 500 Fastest-Growing Private Companies in the United States. 






































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