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Minnesota Masonic Home

Already named a "2014 Best Nursing Home" by U.S. News & World Report, Minnesota Masonic Home (MMH) has now been named the winner of the 2014 Bronze Commitment to Quality Award by the American Healthcare Association, in partnership with the National Center for Assisted Living. This will be the second Bronze Award the home has received; the first, in 2010, honored the Home’s Assisted Living facility.  And construction of the new Minnesota Masonic Heritage Center will begin with an official Cornerstone Laying Ceremony on Saturday, August 23, 2014. The Minnesota Masonic Heritage Center replaces two obsolete buildings on the Masonic Campus site in Bloomington, Minn. 

Oppenheimer, Wolff & Donnelly

Todd Anlauf, a partner in Oppenheimer Wolff & Donnelly’s Real Estate Finance group, has been elected a fellow of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers (ACREL)—one of the nation's most prestigious honorary organizations for practicing real estate attorneys. Anlauf is one of only 40 lawyers nationwide elected to the organization this year. Admission is by invitation only after a rigorous screening process. Anlauf also serves on the Minneapolis Regional Chamber's Board of Directors.


Cassandra Fameree was promoted to Account Coordinator for metroConnections' Attend-eSource® Services team. Fameree joined metroConnections as a Registration Lead in 2011, and was most recently the Assistant Manager of Registration Support Services. In her new role, she will be responsible for website/online registration coordination with clients, hotel block management and overseeing various administrative duties.


Jeff Freyer,  Comcast's Regional Vice President for the Twin Cities Region, has been elected to the board of directors of the Minneapolis Saint Paul Regional Economic Development Partnership, or GREATER MSP.  As a board member, Freyer will join a team of top business leaders working to coordinate business retention, expansion and recruitment programs to stimulate capital investment and job creation  across the region.

Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal Best Places to Work 2014

The following Chamber member businesses were named on the 2015 Best Places to Work list by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal: small companies.  - First Financial Merchant Services and Insperity; medium companies - Eide Bailly, Lurie Besikof Lapidus & Co., Marco Inc., Mortenson Construction, The Nerdery, Solution Design Group Inc.,  Welsh & Colliers International Minneapolis/St. Paul and Winthrop & Weinstine; large companies - Accenture, Ameriprise Financial Inc. C.H. Robinson Worldwide Inc..  HealthPartners and U.S. Bancorp. 

Stinson Leonard Street

 Thomas F. Nelson of Stinson Leonard Street is the new President of the Hennepin County Bar Association. Nelson serves a one year term in this position.

Minnesota Vikings/Toro Company

More than 200 volunteers from The Toro Company, the Minnesota Vikings, Lucy Craft Laney at Cleveland Park Community School in north Minneapolis,  organizers from KaBOOM! and residents of the Minneapolis community joined together in June to build  a new playground at Lucy Craft Laney at Cleveland Park Community School. The design is based on children’s drawings created at a special design event in March.   Lucy Laney School has never had a playground for the entire school, just a play area for kindergarten that was recently destroyed by arson. The Toro Company and the Minnesota Vikings have donated more than $600,000 to build nine playgrounds in the Twin Cities area with KaBOOM!

Corporate Technologies LLC

Corporate Technologies LLC was named to the 2014 Solution Provider 500 (SP500) list by The Channel Company's CRN.  The list ranks the top revenue-generating technology integrators in the U.S. and Canada.  The list spans eight categories from hardware and software sales to managed IT services.  Corporate Technologies placed #363 in the annual ranking.

U.S. Bank

U.S. Bank employees spent more than 64,000 hours volunteering in the Twin Cities in 2013. These hours went toward conducting 40 free financial education seminars, offering advice to students, senior citizens and homeowners. U.S. Bank encourages community involvement through its “U.S. Bank Volunteer Day” program, which gives employees up to 16 hours of paid time off per year to spend volunteering. Also, Twin Cities Pride has named U.S. Bank its Corporate Champion of Pride for 2014. Twin Cities Pride is a nonprofit organization dedicated to commemorating and celebrating the diverse heritage of the LGBT community, inspire the achievement of equality and challenge discrimination.

Marco, Inc.

Marco was recognized by Microsoft as the SMB Partner of the Year for the central region at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference.  The company  was recognized for providing outstanding solutions and services, as well as demonstrating excellent engagement. Marco, was also named  been named one of the Top 100 Workplaces in Minnesota (for a fifth consecutive year)  by the Star Tribune as well as   one of Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal Best Places to Work for 2014. And Jonathan Warrey, Vice President of Sales at was awarded the 2014 Young Alumni Achievement Award by the University of North Dakota. The award was established in 2002 to recognize UND's more recent, outstanding alumni as they embark on their chosen paths and strive for greatness.  

U.S. Bank/Aeon

U.S. Bank employee volunteers, along with U.S. Bank Market President, Phil Trier and Alan Arthur, chief executive officer and president of Aeon, the developer, owner and manager of the apartment complex distributed backpacks and school supplies in August at the Sienna Green Apartments, which are developed, owned and managed by Aeon. U.S. Bank has helped Aeon create and preserve housing for lower income families by providing grants, sponsorships, employees as board members and financing for their operations and housing development projects in Roseville, and across U.S. Bank's 25-state retail footprint. The backpacks and school materials were supplied through collaboration between U.S. Bank and Schoolhouse Supplies. 

Lommen Abdo

Keith Broady has been elected President of the Lommen Abdo Law Firm.  Phil Cole, who served as president for many years, chose not to seek re-election as president, but was returned to the board as a member.  And the firm  has agreed to a long-term lease commencing January 1, 2015 in the International Centre located at 920 Second Avenue South in downtown Minneapolis. The move to the International Centre will allow Lommen Abdo to design space that is well suited to the way law firms now operate. 


DataBank Holdings, Ltd.

DataBank Holdings, Ltd., has released plans for development of a new, state-of-the-art, multi-tenant colocation data center facility in Eagan, MN. The company currently owns and operates data center facilities totaling over 180,000 square feet of data center space in the Dallas area, 15,000 in Kansas City, and another 15,000 in Edina, MN. This new 88,000 square foot facility will encompass over 48,000 square feet of raised-floor data center space that will be purpose-built to the highest specifications for a multi-tenant data center in the region.

Bloomington Theatre & Art Center & City of Bloomington

Bloomington Theatre and Art Center (BTAC) announced three “Placemaker’s Idea Prize” winners in connection with the recent launch of the Creative Placemaking in the South Loop project, a long-term initiative of BTAC and the City of Bloomington to engage artists and other creative people from throughout the region in transforming the South Loop in line with the City’s vision for the neighborhood.  One of the winning ideas was selected through a community voting process; the other two were selected by a jury comprising City of Bloomington and BTAC representatives, regional public art administrators, and others. The winners are Nicole Ponath (plane watching gathering space); Jodi Refsland (trail system featuring sculpture which enhance the acoustics of the south loop) and Troy Gallas (a pallet pavilion made of discared wooden pallets used to create a unique public space.)

CenterPoint Energy

CenterPoint Energy was named a winner of the BBB International Torch Award Ethics presented by the Council of Better Business Bureaus to recognize businesses exhibiting outstanding ethical practices.  The company has previously been awarded winner in the largest business category of BBB of Minnesota and North Dakota Torch Awards Ceremony, which recognizes and acknowledges outstanding ethics, customer service and integrity in all aspects of a business’s operations. CenterPoint Energy was also named to the BBB Centennial Honor Roll, which saluted century-old companies that have supported BBB for most or all of its history. 

Western Bank

Western Bank announced the promotion of Nicki O’Connell to Assistant Vice President, Human Resources Manager at Western Bank. O’Connell works at the bank’s St. Paul branch.  O’Connell joined Western Bank in 2000 as a Human Resources/Marketing Associate. And Kathy Bjerke join the bank as Vice President of Commercial Banking.  Bjerke has worked previously at Wells Fargo and Park Midway Bank. 

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.

Gray Plant Mooty

Gray Plant Mooty announced the following honors:

* associate Loren Hansen was named 2014 Up & Coming Attorneys by Minnesota Lawyer.
* Thirty two of its lawyers have been named 2014 "Minnesota Super Lawyers" while 8 have been named 2014 “Minnesota Rising Stars. Only 5 percent of Minnesota lawyers receive this honor. Rising Stars are chosen by their peers as being among the top up-and-coming lawyers and must be 40 years old or younger, or in practice 10 years or less. Only 2.5 percent of lawyers in Minnesota receive this honor.
*lawyer Jennifer Reedstrom Bishop has been named "Lawyer of the Year” in Non-Profit/Charities Law by The Best Lawyers In America© 2015 list.
*Thirty three of its lawyers were listed in The Best Lawyers In America©  2015.

* James S. Simonson, principal in the firm’s Litigation practice group, has been awarded the Richard S. Arnold Award for Distinguished Service and Lifetime Achievement for the District of Minnesota at the 2014 Judicial Conference of the Federal 8th Circuit Court of Appeals. 

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. 





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