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Northeast Bank

Northeast Bank recently held a ribbon cutting ceremony at their Coon Rapids office for their newly renovated space. The lobby and office spaces boast updated furniture and features, and the lobby teller and personal banking service areas have been completely redesigned.

Bridgewater Bank

Amy Kringler, Director of Compliance at Bridgewater Bank, was awarded the Certified Regulatory Compliance Manager (CRCM) designation from the Institute of Certified Bankers (ICB), a subsidiary of the American Bankers Association in Washington, DC. The CRCM designation is awarded to individuals who demonstrate excellence in the field of regulatory compliance. Kringler joined Bridgewater Bank in 2012.

The Opus Group/Goodwill-Easter Seals

The Opus Group  completed the mixed-use student housing and retail complex Venue at Dinkytown. As of mid-September, the six-story building has 97 percent of the 246 beds leased and three committed tenants for retail spaces on the first floor.  One of the 3 tenants is Gina + Will, a new concept store from Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota featuring trendy casualwear and designer clothing at affordable prices. 

Junior Achievement/CliftonLarsonAllen/U.S. Bank

JA bigBowl raised over $675,000 with more than 3200 bowlers on 640 teams from 55 companies.  This surpassed their fundraising goal of $650,000.  CliftonLarsonAllen LLP team raised the most money in the Twin Cities and statewide with U.S. Bank coming in 2nd in both categories.

Abbott Northwestern Hospital

U.S. News & World Report's annual ranked hospital list nationally ranked Abbott Northwestern Hospital in four specialties:  cardiology & heart surgery, geriatrics, gynecology and orthopedics. The hospital scored high in patient safety.  Only 144 hospitals are nationally ranked in a specialty.

Weber Shandwick

Weber Shandwick promoted Leslie Williamson to vice president. Since joining the firm in 2007, Williamson has overseen communications programs for clients in the health care industry. Her expertise includes reputation management, thought leader program development, data publicity and media relations programs.

University of Minnesota

 The University of Minnesota is ranked on the Forbeslist of best colleges in the nation  at No. 108, up 435 ranks since the magazine debuted the list in 2009.  The University has moved up every year making it the most improved school on the list, which tracks things like student-retention rate, debt burden and high graduate salaries.  Also, U of MN research created a record 15 startups during the school's 2014 fiscal year, beating their 2013 start-up generation record by one. 

2014 Titans of Technology

The Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal announced the recipients of the 2014 Titan of Technology Awards.  Chamber members honored include: Community Heros (outstanding achievements in community involvement) Michael Schmaltz - Accenture and Mark Hurlbert - The Nerdery; Technology Advocate (outstanding leadership in advancing the performance of technology companies/community) Arthur Erdman - University of Minnesota; and Technology Inventor (creation of breakthrough ideas or products): Jian-Ping Wan, University of Minnesota College of Science & Engineering. 

Hennepin County Medical Center

The West Metro Medical Foundation and the Twin Cities Medical Society have selected Dr. Michael Belzer, Chief Medical Officer at Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC), as the 2014 recipient of the Charles Bolles Bolles-Rogers Award. Dr. Belzer has served as HCMC’s Medical Director and Chief Medical Officer since 1990.  The Charles Bolles Bolles-Rogers Award is the highest award given by the medical society and is given to a physician who, in the opinion of the members of the selection committee, by reason of his/her professional contribution on the basis of medical research, achievement or leadership, has become the outstanding physician of this and other years.

Guild Incorporated

At their July 2014 annual meeting, Guild Incorporated elected new officers to their Board of Directors.  Michael Sampson, J.D., was elected to chairperson and Nik Larsen was elected to the role of vice chairperson.  Sampson is an attorney with Maslon, Edelman, Borman & Brand, LLP and an adjunct professor at Hamline University School of Law. Larsen is President of Urbane Capital Management, specializing in the management of alternative investment funds. 

DataBank Holdings, Ltd.

DataBank Holdings, Ltd., announced the appointment of Bryan Porter as the company’s new Chief Technology Officer. As CTO, Mr. Porter will direct all aspects of DataBank’s engineering and product development.  Mr. Porter came to DataBank, through the April 2014 acquisition of Kansas City’s Arsalon Technologies, a premier Hosting and Cloud provider, where he served as President and Co-Founder since the company’s inception in 2001. 

RBC Wealth Management

RBC awarded  a $300,000 grant to Wilderness Inquiry, a national non-profit based in Minnesota. Given by RBC Foundation-USA, the grant will be paid out over three years and will support Wilderness Inquiry’s youth-focused programs, such as Urban Wilderness Canoe Adventures (UWCA) and Canoemobile. The grant is jointly funded by RBC Wealth Management-U.S. and RBC Capital Markets-U.S., which employ a combined 8,000 people in the United States. In August,  75 RBC Wealth Management employees in Minneapolis-St. Paul experienced an adventure first hand when they hopped aboard Wilderness Inquiry’s fleet of Voyageur Canoes for an educational trip down the Mississippi River.

Northside Achievement Zone (NAZ)

NAZ president and CEO, Sondra Samuels, was awarded with an AmeriCorps National Leadership Award in September.   She was one of 20 honorees chosen from AmeriCorps alums from all 50 states over 20 years of service.  As a member of the very first AmeriCorps class in 1994, Samuels has made ending generational poverty in North Minneapolis her life mission. NAZ president and CEO, Sondra Samuels, was awarded with an AmeriCorps National Leadership Award in September.   She was one of 20 honorees chosen from AmeriCorps alums from all 50 states over 20 years of service.  As a member of the very first AmeriCorps class in 1994, Samuels has made ending generational poverty in North Minneapolis her life mission. And twelve organizations that help create the environment for the education initiatives of others to succeed are the first recipients of the Bush Foundation’s Education Ecosystem Grants.  The Education Ecosystem Grant recipients support the initiatives of several types of education organizations including schools, nonprofit service providers and government agencies. They assist by creating access to critical data, advancing a favorable policy environment and/or shaping and sharing best practices.  Chamber member Northside Achievement Zone (NAZ) was one of the recipients of the $200,000 grant. 


Plekkenpol Builders Inc.

Pamela Velander joined Plekkenpol Builders, Inc. as the newest member of their project management team.  Her position at Plekkenpol Builders as project manager will include planning and design, estimating, and sales of additions, kitchens, baths, whole house remodeling and all other types of residential remodeling and home maintenance. 

Xcel Energy

Xcel Energy employees, retirees and their families and friends turned out in big numbers for the company’s annual Day of Service on September 6.  Volunteer teams worked at 25 different community  projects  that included assembling educational kits,  painting and refreshing a community center, polishing up the Salvation Army’s red kettles  and even removed non-native species from a park area alongside a small herd of goats.  The 660 employee volunteers donated more than 2,000 hours to the communities Xcel Energy serves. 

PCL Construction
PCL Construction of Burnsville announced the completion of a new 31,000 square foot facility for the Northfield Area Family YMCA.  The project includes a natatorium, gymnasium, elevated running track, fitness studios, daycare, lobby and locker rooms.  The project is the culmination of an eight year community effort to fund the community center project.   

Marco Inc.

Fortune Magazine announced in its October edition that Marco, Inc. is among the 50 Best Small & Medium Workplaces in the nation. The Top 50 list, developed by independent research firm Great Place to Work, represents a broad variety of industries and locations. And the company was recognized by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal as one of the fastest-growing privately held companies in Minnesota. The Fast 50 is based on revenue growth from 2011-2013. Marco experienced a 64 percent increase in revenue over the past three years.  Marco also purchased Illinois Valley Business Equipment (IVBE).  This is the 11th acquisition that the company has completed over the past three years.  Since 2003, the company has grown from 141 employees to over 810 employees and now has 39 locations nationally. 

Lommen Abdo

Veteran trial lawyer and commercial litigator, Kathleen Loucks, joins Lommen Abdo's Litigation team after seven years at Hellmuth & Johnson.  In her 15 year career, Loucks has championed individuals and businesses in state and federal courts throughout the region, including general contractors in construction defect cases; individuals in insurance coverage disputes; and plaintiffs and defendants in general litigation matters. She also provides general risk management and legal counsel to individuals and corporations.

Shenehon Company

The International Society of Business Appraisers (ISBA) has recognized Shenehon Company for its excellence and adherence to professional performance standards. The company was recently awarded ISBA’s Gold Seal of Trust in Business Valuation. Shenehon is the only valuation organization in Minnesota to be awarded this honor and is the only recipient in the United States that has a multi-functional practice, handling both business valuations and commercial real estate appraisals.

Marco Inc.  

Marco recently announced the following new hires: Cam Miller, Network Specialist; Chase Knettel, Business Development Consultant ; Royd Hanson, Support Desk Technician ; Kyle Primus, Audio/Video Technician; Ashley Tamm, Technology Advisor ; Brandon Cermak, Technology Advisor ; Dennis Halverson Jr., Field Service Technician, Document Solutions; Corey Johnson, Support Desk Technician ; Aaron Stang, Purchasing Assistant ; Lucas Geraci, Technology Advisor ; Grant Hargett, Business Development Consultant and Jeff Colt – Audio/Video Technician. 

Minnesota Watershed Management Organization

The Mississippi Watershed Management Organization was honored as the winner of the 2014 ReScape Award:Environmental Impact Category from Minnesota Brownfields and its participating sponsors. These projects were selected from a list of finalists for special recognition for excellence in brownfield cleanup and redevelopment.













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