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Northside Achievement Zone/Target Corporation/General Mills

Target Corporation and General Mills pledged to each give a North Minneapolis nonprofit $1 million a year for three years.  The $6 million will go to Northside Achievement Zone (NAZ), a community-wide partnership of 33 organizations and 10 schools helping North Minneapolis children prepare for college. The donation was announced at the Minnesota Business Partnership’s annual dinner, where NAZ also received the business group's Minnesota’s Future award.

Guild Incorporated

George Stone, Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH) Minnesota Director, has joined the Board of Directors at Guild Incorporated. Stone has an extensive background in homelessness initiatives, direct service provision, tenant-landlord relations and child-care. Currently his focus is working to advance supportive housing as well as integrating housing and healthcare. Stone has been a featured speaker for developing supportive housing both locally and nationally. 

Kraus-Anderson Development Company

Kraus-Anderson Development Company, a new collaboration between KA Realty and KA Construction, has hired Jaci Bell as director of development.  Bell comes to Kraus-Anderson Development with more than 15 years of experience in the real estate industry focusing on development, planning and design.  Most recently, she served as a senior manager within corporate real estate at Target Corporation, where she managed innovation programs, corporate services and facility support.  

Weber Shandwick

Weber Shandwick is ranked #1 in the 2015 Global Creative Index, the Holmes Report's fourth edition of an initative which analysizes entries and winners from more than 25 PR award programs from around the world over a 12 month period.  The agency was noted for  award-winning campaigns across numerous markets, including three top-10 initiatives:  ‘World Hunger Relief’, ‘Danone Nutricia Crisis’ and ‘Who Framed Master Kong.’Also, Lynn Franz has joined Weber Shandwick as senior vice president and head of strategy. Franz comes to Weber Shandwick after 13 years at Mithun as senior vice president of strategic planning. Prior to that, she spent time in similar roles for Warner Music Group, Polygram and MartinWilliams 

The Opus Group

The Opus Group announced that The Nic on Fifth ® and Xcel Energy @ 401 Nicollet are the recipients of a Minnesota Safety & Health Achievement Recognition Program  (MNSHARP) certification for construction. The MNSHARP certification recognizes “companies whose managers and employees work together to develop safety and health programs that go beyond basic compliance with all applicable OSHA standards, and result in immediate and long-term prevention of job-related injuries and illnesses.” This is the third MNSHARP award Opus teams have received, along with The Medtronic Cardiac Rhythm Disease Management campus in Mounds View, Minn., and Excelsior Crossings in Hopkins, Minn.

Plekkenpol Builders

Plekkenpol Builders, Inc., President and Founder Craig Plekkenpol, was awarded the Robert L. Hanson Industry Service Award at the Builders Association of the Twin Cities (BATC) Building Industry Gala in October of this year.  The Robert L. Hanson Award recognizes the dedication and service of an individual who goes above and beyond, offering their time, energy and talents while serving at BATC, at state and national associations, and in the industry as a whole.  Plekkenpol has served in leadership positions including president of both BATC and the BATC Remodelers Council. He’s currently on the board of directors of BATC, NAHB, and The Builders Group, and was named life director of NAHB in 2013. 

Minnesota Twins Baseball/Mortenson Construction

The Minnesota Twins are planning a $5 million renovation in Target Field’s center field seating area to be completed before the 2016 baseball season. Populous architecture firm (based in Kansas City) is designing the new spaces with Mortenson Construction as builders. The same team oversaw the original design and construction of the ballpark. The new 3,700-square-foot space will include two seating sections: an upper-level area called “Minnie & Paul’s,” – open to all fans -  and a lower-level section called “Catch,” with limited access for about 120 season ticket-holders.

Twin Cities Habitat for HumanityThrivent Financial

Thrivent Financial, a significant partner of Habitat for Humanity, helped to sponsor the a special day of volunteering by senior leaders from many of the largest Twin Cities congregations.  Brad Hewitt, CEO of Thrivent Financial, was one of the co-chairs who helps organize this build day which took place in Cottage Grove. 

University of Minnesota

*The University of Minnesota was named a finalist in the “Innovation” category of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities’ 2015 Innovation and Economic Prosperity Universities Awards. The awards recognize leading universities’ exemplary, innovative and sustainable efforts to advance the engagement and economic well-being of their regions.  To apply for the award, an institution must first have been previously designated an Innovation and Economic Prosperity university. The U of M, which received the designation in 2013, is one of the 30 institutions across the nation that holds this title.
*The United States Golf Association is partnering with the University on a $2.5M study on ways to make golf less expensive, more eco-friendly and more popular.  The U of M's Les Bolstad Golf Course will be the study's chief lab as researchers explore ways to save on water costs. Five million people have stopped playing golf nationwide since 2003; Minnesota still has the most golfers per capita in the U.S.
*The new Athletes Village had its ceremonial groundbreaking.  This is the first new development facilities for Gopher Athletics in 30 years. 

PCL Construction

PCL Construction is adding staff to accommodate growth in projects and geography as PCL increases volume in Minnesota and North Dakota.  Recent hires include superintendents Joshua Jack, Jason Lamerson and Mike Connors; building systems coordinators Eric DeLong, Jeffrey Sheets, Alan Mills and James Waulk; estimators Hayden Tanner and Sean Lawler; field engineers Lexy Tank, Anthony Haga and Bryton Schroeder; and health safety and environment manager Noble Rainville.


LEO A DALY  announced that architect Mary Shaffer, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, has joined the firm’s Minneapolis office as Director of Architecture. In this role, Shaffer oversees scheduling, staffing, mentorship, and quality review for the office’s architectural services. Shaffer joins LEO A DALY from the University of Minnesota, where she helped manage capital projects and oversee all aspects of design and planning. She was also principal design project-manager for Target Corporation, where she led retail and corporate projects in India and the United States. Also,  veteran electrical engineer Daniel Rathbun has joined the firm’s Minneapolis office as Market Sector Leader for Food, Distribution & Manufacturing. In this role, Rathbun joins LEO A DALY from Short Elliott Hendrickson, where he most recently served as Food and Beverage Business Development Manager for the firm’s St. Paul, M.N. office. He was also North American Ongoing Operations and Maintenance Team Lead for Cargill, where he created category sourcing strategies for capital projects and delivered $30 million in annual savings. 


Guild Incorporated 

Mary Khimji, Physical Securities Processing and Alternative Investments Associate Vice President at RBC Capital Markets, has joined the Board of Directors at Guild Incorporated. Khimji has experience in financial services, billing, and investments. 

Mortenson Companies

Mortenson Development, an affiliate of M. A. Mortenson Company, has hired Jeremy Jacobs as development executive. In his new role, Jacobs will advance the strategic vision for development opportunities for Mortenson’s Minneapolis office, which covers Minnesota, Iowa and the Dakotas. Prior to joining the development arm of M. A. Mortenson Company, Jacobs spearheaded development projects for Ryan Companies as senior development manager. Jacobs’ experience spans redevelopment of buildings listed on the National Registry of Historic Places to new off-campus medical office buildings.


Comcast announced plans to add 400 new jobs beginning in early 2016 at the company’s regional office in downtown St. Paul. The new jobs will include additional customer service representatives and managers in Comcast’s existing call center. To accommodate the growth, Comcast’s current 125,000 square-foot Twin Cities regional facility will add an additional 45,000 square-feet of lease space at its 10 River Plaza Park location. The construction will be completed by early 2016.

Bridgewater Bank

Bridgewater Bank, welcomed Monica Davies to its team as General Counsel. Davies has extensive legal experience in the areas of real estate and financial services, including 13 years at the law firm of Leonard, Street and Deinard, P.A. Prior to joining Bridgewater Bank, she was with Stewart Title Company, where she managed escrow operations in connection with complex commercial real estate transactions.

Little Pepper Promotions

Dave Forster has joined Little Pepper Promotions as  director of operations. Forster is a 2011 graduate of St. John’s University and formerly work at  Target Corporation.  Mattie Berman is the new marketing intern.  Berman is a senior marketing major at the Carlson School of Management. 

Finance & Commerce Top Women in Finance 2015

The following Chamber members were honored as Top Women in Finance by Finance & Commerce:  Stefani Tygar Barnes, Wells Fargo Insurance; Autumn Way, Wells Fargo;  Linda Bona & Andrea Christenson,  Cushman & Wakefield/Northmarq; Jillian Botz, MidCountry Bank; Doreen D’Aigle, Jayne L. Ellegard & Sara Stenberg,   U.S. Bank; Rachel Buse Flaskey, Baker Tilly; Peggy Ingison, Minnesota Historical Society; Kristen Kimmell, RBC Wealth Management; Nicole Leimer, Faegre Baker Daniels; Brenda McCormick, Valspar; Jennifer Lynne E. McNeal, Lurie LLP; Jessica D. Murray, Thrivent Asset Management; Jackie Peterson, Fidelity Bank; and Jennifer Wuollet, Lindquist & Vennum







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