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  • Mortenson

    Mortenson Construction announced the addition of Todd Schilling as a general manager in its Minneapolis office. In this new position, Schilling’s responsibilities will initially include research and development of emerging markets for Minnesota, Iowa and the Dakotas. Prior to joining Mortenson, Schilling was vice president at J.E. Dunn Construction for four years where he opened the company’s North Dakota offices in Williston and Dickinson. 

    Greater Twin Cities United Way

    Greater Twin Cities United Way announced its 2017 board of directors – including 53 incumbents and eight newly ratified members and the ascension of its vice-chair to the role of chair. McKinsey & Company Senior Partner Tim Welsh assumes the role to board chair with the tenure of  PadillaCRT Chair and CEO Lynn Casey ending as United Way board chair.

    New board members include:

     Jeff Cotton, managing partner, Deloitte

     Reba Dominski, senior vice president, Foundation and Community Relations, U.S. Bancorp

     Chelsie Glaubitz Gabiou, president, Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation, AFL-CIO

     Lynne Harrington, managing director, Nuveen

     Joe Hobot, president and chief executive officer, American Indian OIC

     Michael Langley, chief executive officer, GREATER MSP

     Al McFarlane, president & editor-in-chief, Insight News, owner, McFarlane Media Interests

     Jim Zappa, executive vice president and general counsel, CHS, Inc. 

    Forty Under 40 – Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal

    Chamber members included in this year’s 40 Under 40 honoree list are: Rotolu Adebiyi,  Brightpeak Financial; Kelly Mansell, M.A. Mortenson Co.; Maureen Michalski, Schafer Richardson; Tracy Carlson,  PadillaCRT;  Arthur Gardner, Jr.,  Thor Construction Inc.; Adam Ballinger, Lindquist& Vennum; Phil Krump, BMO Harris Bank ; Phillip Trier, U.S. Bancorp (Chamber board member); Leah Wong, Minneapolis Downtown Council  and Emily Nicoll, CBRE Group Inc.  Business Journal editors comb through hundreds of nominations each year, selecting 40 young leaders who have made a name for themselves in their industries and communities.

    Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest

    Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest (JAUM) is included in the U.S. Chamber of Commerce “Achieving Tomorrow” documentary highlighting various Minnesota organizations committed to preparing students to succeed in the jobs of the future. Junior Achievement was one of only a few organizations in our state's profile of education best practices around workforce development. Gina Blayney, JAUM President & CEO, and our experiential simulation lab utilized by JA BizTown and JA Finance Park are both featured in the U.S. Chamber's video. Watch the video at this link:

    Thor Construction/United Properties

    The City of Minneapolis and Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) have selected a master developer team to work with them to pursue redevelopment of the 48-acre City-owned Upper Harbor Terminal (UHT) site. The selection was approved by the City Council on January 13 and by the MPRB on January 25, and the Mayor of Minneapolis has concurred with both actions. The team selected as master developer is led by United Properties and also includes THOR Development and First Avenue Productions. All three of the partners are local firms with extensive experience and capacity that were key factors in their selection.


    Kowalski’s Uptown Market & Wine Shop on Hennepin Avenue will expand into Walgreens space next door, adding 10,500 square feet to their grocery. The expansion includes new concepts such as a pasta bar and several departments receiving more space including an expanded gift department.  The store will remain open during the expansion.


    Marco announced the promotion of Todd Erne to Vice President of IT Solutions.   Since January 2016, Erne has held the role of Director of Sales, based in the St. Louis Park, Minnesota office of Marco.

    Lommen Abdo

    Lauren Nuffort, a litigator, and Jesse Beier, an estate planning and corporate attorney, joined Lommen Abdo as associates in January 2017. Beier works with Minnesota and Wisconsin clients to create estate and business succession plans that help them achieve their goals. Nuffort brings her skills to the firm's Commercial Litigation Practice Group where she will continue her subrogation practice and handles professional liability defense matters.

    PCL Construction Enterprises

    PCL Construction Enterprises, Inc. has been named #19 on the list of 2017 Best Workplaces for Giving Back  by the Great Place to Work® institute and Fortune magazine. This is the first year PCL has been named to this list. The Minneapolis office has continuously participated in local charitable events and programs including Mille Lacs Polar Plunge, NorthPoint Health & Wellness and Second Harvest Heartland food shelves, and Minnesota Hockey Day. Last year also marked the eight consecutive year of giving to the Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center’s Family Reunification program. 

    James Beard Semi-Finalists 2017

    The James Beard  Foundation announced its list of restaurant and chef semifinalists for its 27th annual awards.  Chamber member restaurants receiving nominations: At the Walker Art Center, Esker Grove for Best New Restaurant and at Surly Brewing Co., Jorge Guzman for Best Chef-Midwest. 

    2017 Titans of Technology

    The Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal has announced its second round of 2017 Titans of Technology honorees. These awards recognize individuals who are transforming Minnesota’s tech industry and positively impacting the local economy. Chamber members being honored include:

    *Amanda LaGrange, Tech Dump – in the Community Heroes category, which recognizes individuals within the tech industry for their outstanding community involvement

    *Mike McCullough,  Be The Match and Steve Knutson, Marco in the  CIOs/CTOs category which recognizes top IT executives at public or private companies, nonprofits or government agencies.



    LEO A DALY announced the appointment of Eric Rodriguez, PE, as senior mechanical engineer.  Rodriguez will be responsible for mechanical-systems design and client interaction on large projects, while also serving as a technical resource to younger staff.  He brings 18 years of industry experience with local engineering firms and as a member of the engineering and facilities team at Target Corporation. His experience includes industrial, retail, educational and healthcare project types.


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