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 Dorsey & Whitney/Faegre Baker Daniels

Revenue increased at Minneapolis-based law firms Dorsey & Whitney & Faegre Baker Daniels last year, according to the 2014 AmLaw 100.  Faegre Baker Daniels ranked #67 with a revenue increase of 2 percent to $452 million. Dorsey & Whitney ranked # 92 with a 4 percent increase in revenue to $326 million  The two firms were the only ones headquartered in Minnesota to make the list.  

Canterbury Park

Canterbury Park Holding Company is constructing a $3 million building to host trade shows and other events year-round. The 30,500-square-foot facility will have room for approximately 150 exhibit booths, restrooms, a concession set-up room and storage space. It will be located near the paddock area and entrance to the main building. 

Three Sons Signature Cuisine 

Three Sons Signature Cuisine announced the arrival of Katie Tiburzi as their newest Events Consultant.  Tiburzi was previously a Lead Planner with Simply Elegant Bridal Consulting and
a General Manager at The Traveling Photobooth. 

Catalyst Communications

Mary Ann McCauley is one of two recipients of this year’s International Association of Business Communicator's  Chairman’s Award. The Chairman’s Award is conferred annually upon select volunteers who have made extraordinary efforts to positively enhance the organization. McCauley is principal and founder of Catalyst Communications, a consultancy for business and nonprofit leaders. This is her second Chairman’s Award -- she received her first in 2000. 

Eide Bailly LLP

In May, 10 staff members were accepted into the partnership of Eide Bailly LLP, a regional certified public accounting and business advisory firm. This brings the total number of partners to 202.

CenterPoint Energy/Meet Minneapolis

CenterPoint Energy purchased  a new 100,000 square-foot facility at 505 Nicollet Mall.  The new facility will house 300 employees from two locations, but primarily from leased space at LaSalle Plaza. In addition, CenterPoint Energy and Meet Minneapolis are working together to develop a strategy for a new Visitor Information Center to be located in the retail space.  The company will seek Silver Leadership in Environment and Engineering Design (LEED) certification, which is designed to meet strict energy efficiency standards.  CenterPoint Energy expects to move to its new location during the first quarter of 2015. 

Northeast Bank

Tom Beck, Northeast Bank President/CEO, visited Prodeo Academy in Columbia Heights. This tuition-free public school, opened in the fall of 2013 as a meaningful education solution for children residing in North Minneapolis. Beck read the book "Money, Money, Honey Bunny" to the kindergarten class.  Over sixty copies of the books were given to the students courtesy of Northeast Bank as well as a $1,000 check presented by Beck.  

American Recruiting & Consulting
American Recruiting and Consulting (ARC Group©) announced the launch of Recruitment Intelligence™, a solution that provides companies of all sizes access to the top candidates in the market place. It empowers companies by giving them access to the 85% of candidates not actively seeking employment.  Clients receive a full report that compiles real-time market analytics including salary and benefits data, both on a local and national scale, as well as recorded video interviews of qualified candidates.

Greater Twin Cities United Way/Wells Fargo Bank Minnesota

 Greater Twin Cities United Way (GTCUW) announced Dave Kvamme, and his wife Sandy, as co-chairs for the organization’s 2014 campaign. The campaign chair position  provides leadership for the campaign committee, which is a diverse group of volunteer leaders representing a variety of donor groups that develop and implement strategies to meet GTCUW’s yearly campaign fundraising goals. Kvamme is CEO for Wells Fargo Minnesota and lead region president for Wells Fargo’s Retail Banking operations in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana and Ohio.  Kvamme is a 30-year veteran in the financial services industry and is currently responsible for 256 banking stores and leading approximately 3,800 team members. 

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, Also, Jeff Woje joined Western Bank as Senior Vice President, Commercial Banking Team Lead. Prior to his position at Western Bank, Wosje worked as Vice President of Commercial Banking at Bremer Bank.  He is also a member of the Plymouth City Council. 

The Opus Group

The Opus Group promoted  Craig Larson  to regional vice president of Opus Design Build, L.L.C.  Larson has more than 35 years of design-build and construction management experience at Opus and in his new role, will oversee the Minneapolis operations of Opus Design Build.  

Hilton Minneapolis

Hilton Minneapolis finished a $13.5 million room enhancement, which included environmentally-friendly aspects to the extensive project. In the new design, Hilton Minneapolis has implemented the eco-friendly upgrades to all 821 guest rooms in LED lighting, reductions in water consumption, major case goods made in the United States and many other improvements. 

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.

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.

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. 

Minnesota Diversified Industries 

Minnesota Diversified Industries (“MDI”), a not-for-profit social enterprise with a mission of serving individuals with disabilities, announced today that Nicholas Wilkie was elected to MDI’s board of directors.  For the last eight years Wilkie has worked for the Metropolitan Center for Independent Living in St. Paul as a systems advocate & transition specialist. 

Marco, Inc.

Marco, Inc. has been named one of the Top 100 Workplaces in Minnesota for five consecutive years based on an employee-based survey project from the Star Tribune.  Top Workplaces recognizes the most progressive companies in Minnesota based on employee opinions measuring engagement, organizational health and satisfaction.  The analysis included responses from over 58,000 employees at Minnesota public, private and nonprofit organizations. Also, Marco was chosen  one of Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal Best Places to Work for 2014. Marco was selected based on an employee-based survey project from the magazine.   The Business Journal recognized 53 companies in Minnesota based on employees’ high marks on topics such as work environment, people practices and how things work day-to-day.  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.  

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.  The national Quality Award Program is based on the core values and criteria of the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program, which outlines a systemic process for improving performance. 

Lommen Abdo

Lommen Abdo 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.  Keith Broady has been elected President of the 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 Adam Gislason joins Lommen Abdo's Entertainment Law and Litigation teams after spending the past four years at Snyder Gislason Frasier, LLC, where he represented parties in commercial and intellectual property litigation, as well as a wide range of creative clients. 


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.

Bridgewater Bank

Bridgewater Bank welcomed LuAnn Joy to its leadership team as Senior Vice President of Retail.  Joy joins Bridgewater Bank with over 25 years of banking experience. In her current position, she manages all retail locations and oversees deposit and ancillary products, as well as consumer lending. 


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.

Bottle & Bottega

Bottle and Bottega was featured in the Minneapolis Star Tribune in June in an article about the rise in businesses which provide painting lessons in many local bars & restaurants which are called "paint & sip" nights.  

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. 

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Bank of America Merrill Lynch  announced that Anthony George has joined the Business Banking team as client manager for Minnesota. In this role, George will provide comprehensive financial advisory, lending, treasury and international banking solutions to mid-sized companies active in the area. 

Gray Plant Mooty

Gray Plant Mooty associate Loren Hansen has named 2014 Up & Coming Attorneys by Minnesota Lawyer. The annual listing honors attorneys who distinguish themselves in their first 10 years of practice. Hansen  is an associate in Gray Plant Mooty’s Intellectual Property, Technology, & Privacy practice group. The firm also announced that 32 of its lawyers have been named 2014 "Minnesota Super Lawyers" while 8 have been named 2014 “Minnesota Rising Stars.” The polling, researching, and selecting of “Super Lawyers” is designed to identify Minnesota lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. 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.

Abbott Northwestern Hospital

U.S. News & World Report 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. 

Opus Group

Opus announced  development plans for approximately 60 acres at the southwest corner of Highway 212 and County Road 10 in Chaska, Minnesota. Plans for the site include approximately 500,000 square feet of industrial and office space. A 15-acre, grocery-anchored retail development is also part of the master planned concept.  The company also began construction  on the renovation and expansion project to create a new facility that will be known as The Inn at Shattuck-St.Mary's in Faribault, Minnesota. The 18,500-square-foot project will repurpose the historic Phelps Infirmary building into an on-campus inn with a meeting and conference space for the school and community.
















































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