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Bridging announced that Executive Director Sara Sternberger was accepted as a 2013-2014 Policy Fellow at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. This year was the largest applicant pool in the program's history, and Sara joins three dozen participants from a variety of professional fields. The program requires monthly full-day meetings, outside work assignments, a small group project, and a trip to Washington, D.C. to meet with policy leaders.
WCCO-TV Channel 4
WCCO-TV Channel 4 began using its new downtown Minneapolis rooftop studio in November. The expansion, at the station's headquarters on the corner of Nicollet Mall and South 11th Street, includes a new WCCO sign that is quite visible from the street. The new outdoor space has a full-service outdoor kitchen, a fire pit, seating area as well as lawn and garden space.
Financial One Credit Union
Personal finance website NerdWallet named Financial One Credit Union of the winners of their national 2013 Gen Y Credit Union Contest. The initiative challenged credit unions across the country to come up with new programs to engage their young adult members. Contest participants also wrote a financial literacy “commencement speech” for the graduating class of 2013. Financial One Credit Union was awarded the $1,000 prize for a credit union with under $100 million in assets, for their “What’s Your Number?” credit score education initiative.
2013 CIO of the Year – Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal
The Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal announced the winners of its third annual CIO of the Year Awards. Honorees were selected by a panel of outside judges. Chamber member honorees include: Large Private Company – Brad Frederiksen, Faegre Baker Daniels; Medium Private Company – John Avenson, Minnesota Twins and Janette Smrcka, Mall of America; Small Private Company – Mike Schmidt, The Nerdery; Nonprofit Organization – R. Scott Studham, University of Minnesota; Public Company – Mary Lynne Perushek, Donaldson Company, Inc. and for Career Achievement, Alan Abramson with HealthPartners.
The Opus Group
The Opus Group completed the new student residential and retail complex, The Station on Washington in time for the start of the fall semester. Located near the Central Corridor’s East Bank Station, the six-story building features 97 units and 156 bedrooms with approximately 11,000 square feet of ground-level retail space. The Station on Washington features a range of amenities for residents, including private underground parking; top-floor club room with TVs, shuffleboard and views of downtown Minneapolis and TCF Bank Stadium; a cardio fitness room; and a Fitness on Request studio.
The Best Lawyers in America 2014 – Larkin Hoffman & Gray Plant Mooty
Larkin Hoffman announced that 9 attorneys were selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2014 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Charles S. Modell was singled out as the Minneapolis Franchise Law “Lawyer of the Year” for 2014. Gray Plant Mooty announced that 32 of its lawyers also made the list. First published in 1983, Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive annual peer-review survey. Over 24,000 leading attorneys cast nearly 3 million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in the same and related specialties.
Jeff Freyer is the new Regional Vice President for Comcast - Twin Cities Region. Based in St. Paul, Freyer will be responsible for overseeing the XFINITY residential and Comcast Business markets in the Twin Cities Region, which includes operations in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Missouri and Kansas. And Ken Ashley has joined Comcast's Twin Cities Region as Vice President,Sales & Marketing. In his new role, Ashley will provide strategic leadership for the region’s Xfinity sales and marketingteams.
Agosto Inc. announced its listing in the Inc.500 I 5000 as one of the fastest growing private companies in America, its third time on the list in the past four years. According to reported revenue, the company ranks as number 1684 nationally and number 31 in Minneapolis and grew 231% in the past three years. The company was also named to the 2013 CRN NextGen 250, a list that recognizes solution providers bursting into the channel with a new approach to client support. And Agosto was asked by Google to demonstrate an application the company built on Google Cloud Platform featuring an integration with Google Glass, at the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2013. The Gartner symposium is focused on topics, trends and technologies that will create differentiation and sustain competitive advantage.
University of Minnesota – Twin Cities
In fiscal year 2013, the University of Minnesota helped launch 14 startup companies, a record number for the university. This was accomplished through the work of the Office for Technology Commercialization (OTC.) A Venture Center opened in 2006, with 52 startup companies being formed since that date.
Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest – Hall of Fame
On September 18, Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest (JAUM) inducted six outstanding business leaders into the 2013 Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest Business Hall of Fame. Established in 2005, the JAUM Business Hall of Fame honors leaders from the Minnesota business community and shares their stories with the students that JAUM serves as examples of success. Laureates inducted are selected for their commitment to innovative business and community mindedness. The following Chamber members are represented among this year’s laureates: Ken Melrose – Retired Chairman and CEO, The Toro Company; Ken Powell – Chairman and CEO, General Mills, Sally Smith – President and CEO, Buffalo Wild Wings and Jim Ryan – Former CEO, Ryan Companies (posthumously).
The American Institute of Architects Minnesota (AIA-MN) recognized Cuningham Group Architecture, Inc. with its 2013 Firm Award. Given biennially, this prestigious award recognizes firms that have contributed to the advancement of the profession in the areas of technology, service, and design. Cuningham Group is headquartered in the Saint Anthony Main building in Minneapolis, with locations in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Biloxi, Denver, San Diego, Phoenix, Seoul, and Beijing. Current regional projects include: a new high school in Alexandria, Minnesota; Minneapolis Community and Technology College in Minneapolis and Epic Corporate Campus in Verona, WI.
Two U.S. Bancorp executives are among the 25 “most powerful women in banking,” according to a recent American Banker magazine ranking. Pamela Joseph, vice chair and head of its $4.7 billion payment services division, ranked 4th on the list, marking her eighth appearance on the list. Leslie Godridge, executive vice president and head of national corporate and institutional banking, ranked 16th on the list for the second year in a row, her 3rd consecutive appearance on the list Also, U.S. Bank, through the U.S. Bank Foundation, made a $100,000 grant over four years to the Armed Forces Service Center (AFSC) at Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport. U.S. Bank is routinely recognized for its military hiring efforts and for its ongoing support of military members and their families including the 2013 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award.
CenterPoint Energy ranked second among the largest South Region utilities in the J.D. Power and Associates (J.D. Power) 2013 Gas Utility Residential Customer Satisfaction Study. The J.D. Power study is a comprehensive evaluation of customers’ attitudes in six factors: billing and payment, price, corporate citizenship, communications, customer service and field service. In the 2013 study, overall satisfaction with large natural gas utilities averaged 640 nationwide on a 1,000 point scale – CenterPoint’s overall customer satisfaction index score in that region was 663. It ranked first in the Customer Service factor with a score of 777. CenterPoint Energy also partnered with the Minneapolis Firefighters and Operation Warm’s Firefighter Coats for Kids program by donating $1,500 for new winter coats for youths in need. As a result, more than 500 students at Lucy Craft Laney elementary school in North Minneapolis received new winter coats. And the company was named winner in the largest business category by the Better Business Bureau (BBB) of Minnesota and North Dakota at the 2013 Torch Awards Ceremony. The Torch Award for Ethics is given by the BBB to publicly recognize and acknowledge the outstanding level of ethics, customer service and integrity in all aspects of a business’s operations. Last year, CenterPoint Energy was also recognized at the International Torch Awards in Washington D.C. by the BBB as a 100 year accredited business in Minnesota, adding the company to the BBB Centennial Honor Roll.
Terri Dooher Fleming joined Western Bank as Senior Vice President, Commercial Banking Team Lead and SBA Lending. Fleming will use her broad business banking expertise to expand and develop new business relationships, facilitate SBA lending opportunities, and work to meet the financial needs of business customers. Prior to joining Western Bank, Fleming most recently led a team of professionals to grow the commercial and SBA loan portfolio at Sunrise Banks (formerly Park Midway Bank.) Also, Western Bank added Teri Nelsen & Tim Beverly to their staff as a Mortgage Loan Originator – which is a new business line for Western Bank.
TDS Telecommunications Corp. (TDS®) was named a Platinum Level Choice Partner by Polycom, Inc. For the fourth year in a row, TDS joins this select group of Polycom hosted Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) service providers in achieving Platinum Status. The status, which less than five percent of service providers achieve, is based on level of expertise, experience and performance. TDS is the seventh largest local exchange telephone company in the U.S.
Hennepin County Medical Center
Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) opened a brand new, 9-bed Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) in October. Each family-centered room has comfortable couches that fold out into double beds so parents and siblings can stay close to the patient at night. Monitors near the patient’s bed display real-time data, including lab results, so parents can track their child's progress. These and many of the other features of the new PICU were suggested by patients and families, including the adjustable colored lights, and lighted display panels for photos that bring a personalized warmth and sense of home to each child's room.
Marco, Inc. acquired the hosted/cloud services business of Twin Cities-based InCompass IT and Trust Technology Services that serves clients throughout Bemidji. Marco was also selected as a 2013 Elite Dealer by The Week in Imaging, an online information and news publication for resellers of office technology, supplies, and services. Marco was chosen for their focus on growth, innovative marketing and sales programs, community leadership and leadership in the industry .
Most Effective Non-Profits – Educational Support for At-Risk Youth
Minnesota Philanthropy Partners worked with the philanthropy research company Philanthropedia to ask experts which Twin Cities nonprofits are most effectively providing educational support to at-risk youth. Chamber members AchieveMpls, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities, YMCA Twin Cities, Northside Achievement Zone, and YouthLink were all rated among the top 20 of 119 non-profits working in this field. All of these member organizations are working to shrink the academic achievement gap in our community, one of the worst in the country.
World’s 100 Most Loved Companies
Two Minnesota companies rank among the world's 100 most loved companies, according to a study by APCO Worldwide. Target Corporation is #21 with a "Emotional Linking Index" score of 70.4. General Mills Inc. was ranked at No. 23 with an Emotional Linking Index of 70.3. APCO compiled its rankings by surveying 70,000 consumers in 15 international markets regarding 600 of the world's largest brands. It measured eight emotional feelings people have toward brands: understanding, approachability, relevance, admiration, curiosity, identification, empowerment and pride.
Finance & Commerce Top Women in Finance 2013
This award from Finance & Commerce recognizes the outstanding efforts of women who make notable contribution to their professions, their communities and society at large. Chamber members represented among this year’s honorees: Caroline Horton, Aeon; Lisa Miller, Colle + McVoy, Kimpa Moss, Lurie Besikof Lapidus & Company; Lisa Odom Winczewski, U.S. Bank; Laura Paal, Wells Fargo Bank Minnesota and Sandy Spangler, Associated Bank.
Profiles in Diversity Journal’s “Women Worth Watching”
Abby Wilkinson of Faegre Baker Daniels, LLP and Kristen Kimmell of RBC Wealth Management were both named to the “Women Worth Watching” list compiled by Profiles in Diversity Journal. The magazine recognized 159 female executives on this year’s list who have demonstrated outstanding achievement and leadership in their careers.
metroConnections, Inc. announced the following promotions in the firm: Sydney Wolf has been promoted to Event Services Sales Manager. Wolf has been with metroConnections has been with metroConnections as an Event Program Manager and Event Coordinator Mary Beth Blom has been promoted to Human Resources Coordinator. Blom joined metroConnections in March 2012 as Program Coordinator, Tours & Transportation Services.
Second Harvest Heartland
The Minnesota Agri-Growth Council announced the 2013 Distinguished Service Award winner, Rob Zeaske, CEO of Second Harvest Heartland. Second Harvest Heartland is the upper Midwest’s largest hunger relief organization, whose goal is not only to help the hungry and food insecure, but also to provide the means for greater food relief in the future. Zeaske has helped lead the organization’s new efforts in the area of agricultural surplus capture.
Northeast Investment Cooperative (NEIC)
The Northeast Investment Cooperative (NEIC) signed a lease with Fair State Brewing Cooperative for space in NEIC’s community-owned building at 2506 Central Avenue NE in Minneapolis. Fair State will be joining Aki’s BreadHaus, which signed a lease at NEIC’s 2506 building earlier this fall. Together with Recovery Bike Shop’s recent acquisition and renovation of the adjacent building at 2504 Central Avenue, the projects represent over $750,000 of new investment in a formerly-neglected stretch of storefront.
Oppenheimer Wolff & Donnelly LLP
Jeff Bouslog has been elected Firm Chair of Oppenheimer Wolff & Donnelly LLP, effective January 15, 2014. Bouslog will take the reins from outgoing Chair Tom Letscher, who will conclude his three-year, elected term and return to his MedTech practice on a full-time basis. The firm also announced the election of 3 partners effective January 1, 2014: Dennis Hansen (Business Litigation Practice), Meghan Hansen (Business Litigation Practice) and Brett Hanson (Finance & Transaction Practice Group).
Northeast Bank has established the Northeast Bank Financial Scholars Program, a yearlong initiative to bring financial literacy education to area students by providing them with access to the EverFiTM—Financial Literacy learning course. This web-based program uses the latest in new media technology – through this learning course, students will become certified in hundreds of topics in personal finance, allowing them to become more informed, responsible citizens. The interactive financial management program is brought to high school students at no cost to the school. Area schools selected for this program include Columbia Academy, Columbia Heights High School, and Menlo Park Academy.
Felhaber, Larson, Fenlon and Vogt, P.A.
Felhaber, Larson, Fenlon and Vogt, P.A., announced that Pete Rosene was inducted in the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel in November of 2013. The College is a prestigious group of employee benefits practitioners with a proven history of excellence. Fellows have a minimum of 20 years’ experience practicing benefits law and a proven history of significant contributions in the field of employee benefits.
Gray Plant Mooty
Gray Plant Mooty was recognized by its clients in The BTI Client Service A-Team 2014: The Survey of Law Firm Client Service Performance as an elite law firm for excellence in the delivery of client service. This is the fourth year in a row that the firm has received this honor. BTI Client Service A-Team law firms for 2014 were selected through one-on-one interviews with more than 240 corporate counsel at top companies, more than half of which are Global 500 and Fortune 1000 companies.
Restaurant Alma & Manny's Steakhouse
Both Chamber member businesses made the Zagat Guide top 10 Twin Cities Restaurant List. Restaurant Alma was selected for the #1 position with Manny's Steakhouse at #9.