Creating powerful partnerships to unite and grow member businesses and the region.


Marco, Inc.                                                                                                                               

Marco, Inc. purchased Better Business Equipment (BBE), a copier and printer company located in Omaha, Nebraska. This is the 12th acquisition that the company has completed over the past two and a half years. Since 2009, the company has grown from 270 employees to over 890 employees and now has 42 locations nationally.  The company has also received the following honors:  a 2015 MSPmentor 501 Top Managed Services Company award by Penton Technology; an Office Technology Service Excellence Award from BEI Services and ENX Magazine (Thirty-nine Marco technicians were recognized for their outstanding service and Marco also received the dealer award) and for the sixth consecutive year,  a Top 150 Workplace in Minnesota honor from the Minneapolis Star Tribune. 

Kinderberry Hill Child Development Center

The Terri Lynne Lokoff Child Care Foundation (TLLCCF)announced Yelena Rud at the Kinderberry Hill Child Development Center in downtown Minneapolis, MN has been selected to receive the 2015 Terri Lynne Lokoff/Children’s TYLENOL® National Child Care Teacher Award.  This exemplary early care and education teacher was selected from a pool of applicants nationwide. The recipients of the Terri Lynne Lokoff National Child Care Teacher Awards designed an enhancement project that illustrates the educational, social and emotional benefits for the children in their care. Rud’s award-winning project that she will implement with a grant from the awards program is "My  Five Senses-Learning About Winter". 

Forbes Magazine America's Best Employers

Several Chamber member businesses were included in the inaugural Forbes Magazine list of American's Best Employers - 500 private and public sector employers in 25 industries across the nation that Forbes says offer job seekers the best situations.  Chamber member businesses include:  The University of Minnesota (#65), Mayo Clinic (#74), General Mills (#165), Thrivent Financial (#266), and U.S. Bank (#302).

J. Murphy & Associates

J. Murphy & Associates, announces the following promotions and hires: Becky Boland promoted to Development Director;  Nancy Swanholm to Development Director and Mary Rozwadowski to Development Manager. Hires include: Michelle Byers as Human Resources Manager;   Rachel Fulkerson as Director of Communications Fundraising and Events Newsletter Posting; Kathryn Keeler as Development Manager; Ellie Knoll as Event Coordinator/Development Coordinator;  Sarah Price as Development Coordinator and Rachel Thompson as Graphic – Web Designer. 

Edison High School/Minnesota Vikings/Twin Cities LISC/ Mississippi Watershed Management Organization

In May Minnesota Vikings presented the Edison Community & Sports Foundation with a $100,000 grant for Edison High School field renovation efforts on behalf of the National Football League (NFL) Grassroots Program  - thanks in part to a partnership between the NFL, the Minnesota Vikings, Twin Cities LISC, the Edison & Community Sports Foundation, the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization, Minneapolis Public Schools, and the City ofMinneapolis.  The Pete Guzy Athletic Field at Edison High School has been re-graded and sodded, goal posts, new drain tile and an innovative irrigation system have been installed.  Edison students will monitor water flow and water quality to assess the project’s impact. Edison's Guzy Field renovation is part of a larger "Green Campus" that's been implemented around the school over the past few years. 

Minnesota Diversified Industries (MDI)  

Minnesota Diversified Industries (MDI), announced  Peg McQuillan as the new Director of Development for the organization. McQuillan has been hired to direct and execute the strategies and tactical elements of MDI’s newly formed development efforts.  She has eleven years of leadership experience in the development arena at Memorial Blood Centers and Emergency Foodshelf Network (now The Food Group.) 

Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest

Junior Achievement and the Minneapolis Public Schools partnered to offer Spring Break Academy again this year. Nearly 150 K-8th grade students at Anishinabe Academy learned about being responsible workers, consumers and citizens through JA's experiential programs. The school district partnered with JA in its efforts to reduce the learning gap and accelerate academic outcomes for underserved students. 

Entrepreneur of the Year

Ernst & Young named leaders of six Twin cities companies winners of its Entrepreneur of the Year Awards.  Chamber members honored are Jeff Gau, CEO of Marco Inc. and Bill Szlaius, CEO of Logic Information Systems.

CenterPoint Energy

CenterPoint Energy ranked first among the largest Midwest Region natural gas utilities in the U.S. and second in the South Region for operational satisfaction in the Cogent™ Energy Reports 2014 Utility Trusted Brand & Engagement™ Residential study. The study is a comprehensive survey of customers regarding operational satisfaction, product experience and brand trust. In December, CenterPoint Energy was also named a Utility Customer Champion by Cogent Reports. 

Opus Group

The Opus Group announced the promotions of Matt Rauenhorst to vice president, real estate development, and of Phil Cattanach to director, real estate development, at Opus Development Company, L.L.C.  Rauenhorst joined Opus in 2008 In his new role, he will oversee new residential living and office development opportunities throughout the Midwest.  Cattanach joined Opus in 2004. As director, his  responsibilities include speculative and build-to-suit developments across multiple sectors, including office, industrial and retail. Also, Bob Steffel was hired as director of project management & Jed Field as senior project manager for Opus Design Build, L.L.C.   In their new roles, Steffel and Field will manage the construction business for Opus Healthcare™ as well as supporting the growth of Opus’ portfolio of work in other sectors.

Military Times "Best for Vets:  Employers 2015 list"

Two Chamber member businesses are among the country's best places for veterans to work:  U.S. Bank and Xcel Energy. The questions in the new service's  survey were aimed at finding out whether each company's culture, hiring practices and policies are friendly to America's veterans. Not all businesses which responded were included on the list.  Both companies were on last year's list. 

Doherty Employment Group

Doherty Employment Group  is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year having been founded in April 2980 by Timothy Doherty.  In 1982, Doherty installed its first computer system, making it one of the first organizations in the industry to take advantage of technology for candidate search and retrieval.  In 1985, Inc. Magazine named  the business as one of the 500 Fastest-Growing Private Companies in the United States. 

Weber Shandwick
Matt Horton joined the creative team at Weber Shandwick as Senior Vice President/Creative Director.  Horton has nearly 20 years of experience including creative director leadership roles at Carmichael Lynch, FCG Global, Leo Burnett, campbell Mithun and JWT. And  Haley Kilgour joined Weber Shandwick Minneapolis as a Vice President in the creative experience group. Kilgour has coordinated and shepherded award-winning branding, design and interactive projects for multiple Fortune 100 brands and many other firms. 


WCCO CBS Radio has won three Regional Murrow Awards from the Radio Television Digital News Association.  The awards were received in the following categories:  Reporting Hard News:  Duluth Historic Flooding; News Series:  Behind the Ballot and Best Newscast:  March 21, 2012.  Last year WCCO Radio won 2 awards.  All three entries will now be included in the national judging. 


Comcast announced Todd Meester as the new Enterprise Sales Director for Comcast Business in the Twin Cities Region. In his new role, Meester will lead the enterprise team in business-to-business sales to help meet the growing demand for reliable, affordable and scalable networked solutions for businesses of all sizes.  Meester comes to Comcast from ViaWest, Inc. where he was regional vice president of sales and general manager of Midwest Markets. 

Three Sons Signature Cuisine
Three Sons Signature Cuisine announced the hiring of  Anne Perrin as their newest Event Coordinator.  Perrin earned her degree in Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Management with a Certificate in Event Management from the University of Wisconsin-Stout.  She previously worked several years in banquet management at private golf and country clubs. 

Comcast/Arc Value Village

Comcast  was awarded “2015 Business Partner of the Year” by The Arc Greater Twin Cities / Arc’s Value Village for volunteer services provided each year at Arc’s Value Village Thrift Stores & Donation Centers throughout the Twin Cities.  Since 2008, Comcast has provided volunteer services to The Arc as part of the company’s annual Comcast Cares Day community investment program.   This year alone, more than 170 Comcast Twin Cities employees volunteered at five Arc’s Value Village locations as part of Comcast Cares Day on April 25.  The teams completed a series of projects including  sorting donations for resale such as clothing, accessories, house wares, books and toys.  In all, their efforts processed $37,000 in donations. 


Enventis was named the Central Break Away Partner of the Year at the Cisco 2015 Partner Summit.  Cisco recognized Enventis for its exceptional performance in expanding and growing their business in the past year.  The company is a Cisco Gold Certified Partner. 

Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal

The Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal won a first-place investigative reporting award Tuesday for its coverage of board director pay at Minnesota's public companies.  The Business Journal also won several other honors, including two more first-place winners, at the Society of Professional Journalists Minnesota Chapter's Page One Awards.  

Toro Company/University of Minnesota

The Toro Company donated $2 million to the University of Minnesota to endow a chair at the Carlson School of Management in the name of late Toro CEO and U of MN Business Dean David Lilly.  The endowment, the largest gift Toro has made to the University, will be used to help fund faculty and research.  


EMERGE won the IKEA Challenge and was awarded a $10,000 room makeover for their youth room at the Camden Apartment Building.  The room was totally transformed and provides a bright welcoming space for EMERGE children & youth to work & play. 

CenterPoint Energy/University of Minnesota

CenterPoint Energy presented the University of Minnesota an energy efficiency award for participation in and championing the Company’s Conservation Improvement Programs.  The University of Minnesota received their award for the most innovative project of the year for implementation of an aggressive environmental plan that includes renewable energy, combined heat and power and sustainable building and remodeling practices to reduce carbon emissions by 81,000 metric tons, which is about 12 percent of the campus footprint.

Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal's 2015 Diversity in Business Awards

Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal's 2015 Diversity in Business Awards recognize some of the region's business leaders (owners & executives) from the GLBT and ethnic minority communities:  Chamber member business honorees include: Katrice Albert - University of Minnesota; David Avchen - HGA; Christopher Dolan - Faegre Baker Daniels; Ravi Norman - Thor Construction and Ashish Vimal - Accenture. 

August Ash

August Ash announced the following new hires: Jeff Bulau as a Business Development Manager, bringing 11 years of sales experience in the web development industry; Erica Lovestrand as an Internet Marketing Strategist bringing 12 years of internet marketing and SEO experience.

Lindquist & Vennum

Lindquist & Vennum announced 3 lawyers have joined the firm as partners at the Minneapolis office:  Brian M. Axell, Financial Institutions Practice (formerly at Target Corporation) ; Michael T. Bates, Consumer Regulatory Practice Group (formerly at Wells Fargo & Company); and Michael A. Cavallaro, Consumer Regulatory Practice Group (formerly at U.S. Bank). 








































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