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Hennepin County Medical Center

Dr. Jim Miner was selected to be Hennepin County Medical Center’s (HCMC) new Chief of Emergency Medicine.   He took over duties from retiring Chief Dr. Joseph Clinton, who stepped down after serving in the position for more than 21 years. Dr. Miner completed his residency in Emergency Medicine at HCMC, and joined HCMC’s Emergency Department staff in 1999. The Comprehensive Cancer Center  at Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) has earned  its STAR Program® Certification from the Massachusetts-based Oncology Rehab Partners, leading experts in the field of survivorship. And HCMC  will build a new 322,000 square foot clinic and specialty center that will expand its downtown Minneapolis campus to meet the growing need for outpatient care and specialty services.  The new building, which will open in 2016,  will include primary care clinics, specialty clinics and outpatient surgery facilities. 

Schechter Dokken Kanter

Jason Besler, CPA, was  promoted to the position of shareholder at Schechter Dokken Kanter. A graduate of Northern State University, Aberdeen South Dakota, he has been with the firm for 14 years, most recently as a senior manager, honing his expertise in audits of Native American gaming, hospitality and non-profits.

U.S. Bank & Catholic Charities of St. Paul & Minneapolis

U.S. Bank employees in the Twin Cities donated 11,350 pairs of socks to Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis. The socks were collected at an annual meeting of U.S. Bank employees in both communities. 

Gray Plant Mooty

Gray Plant Mooty announced several honors:  Minneapolis-based attorney Jennifer Reedstrom Bishop was honored as a Minnesota Lawyer 2013 Attorney of the Year. Reedstrom Bishop is the chair of Gray Plant Mooty’s Health & Nonprofit Organizations practice group.  The firm was recognized by  Minnesota Business as the winner of the Community Impact Awards 2014 Long-Term Achievement Award. This award recognizes companies that have shown at least ten years of commitment to helping nonprofits or other worthy causes. The firm's  Franchise & Distribution practice group is one of the top practices across the globe recognized in the 2014 edition of Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business. In addition, Elizabeth Dillon, Gaylen Knack, and Carl Zwisler, all Gray Plant Mooty principals, are three of just 32 franchise attorneys worldwide recognized in the 2014 edition of Chambers Global. And Al Coleman has been selected for the 2014 Fellows Program of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD), a national organization made up of the legal profession’s top general counsel and managing partners. 

Thrivent Financial & Habitat for Humanity

Thrivent Financial for Lutherans has committed $12 million in 2014 to Habitat for Humanity. The funding will be used for 3 programs - Thrivent Builds Home, Thrivent Builds Worldwide and Thrivent Builds Repairs.   Since the partnership's inception in 2005, Thrivent Financial and its members have committed more than $200 million and more than 4 million volunteer hours - 450+ years worth of volunteer time. 

Kraus Anderson Realty

Kraus-Anderson Realty Company has named Jeff Hildahl as vice president and director of leasing and marketing.  He is responsible for all aspects of leasing for and creating value throughout Kraus-Anderson Realty’s portfolio of over 80 properties. Hildahl joined Kraus-Anderson Realty in 2011 as director of leasing and marketing. 


metroConnections, Inc. announced that Stephanie Montini, National Sales Account Executive, received her Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) certification. The CMP certification program recognizes individuals who have achieved the industry's highest standard of professionalism. Montini is among more than 14,000 individuals in 51 countries and territories that have earned the CMP designation.

Science Museum of Minnesota

The Science Museum of Minnesota received a $2500 grant from the foundation of Enventis which focuses on education, critical needs & culture by strengthening community programs with financial support.  The Science Museum received the grant for the engineering school outreach tour program.


Chowgirls Killer Catering

Chowgirls Killer Catering announced a collaboration with Kieran Folliard and his team at The Digging LLC. Chowgirls plans to build a state-of-the-art catering kitchen within Folliard's building at 1401 Marshall Street NE  and move into the facility by the end of 2014 giving Chowgirls a bigger kitchen and the ability to house their entire operation under one roof.  

The Opus Group

The Open Group announced  the completion of a 31,100 square-foot expansion and renovation for Visitation School in Mendota Heights, Minn.  The project was completed in two phases to limit disruptions during the school day.  The first phase, completed in January 2013, included constructing a new 4,000-square-foot Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) building, known as Opus Hall. Construction of phase two began in June 2013 the day after the end of classes. Known as the Heart of the School, the project created a new entryway and commons for the school, increasing connectivity between different areas of the school and featuring a three-story atrium space, new classrooms, and breakout and study areas. Phase two was completed March 2014.

Marco, Inc.

ImageSource Magazine has awarded Ann McCann, IT/Voice Sales Manager of Marco, Inc. with the 2014 Outstanding Trailblazer In The Channel Award. The company was honored by Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. with the 2014 Pro-Tech Service Excellence Award. And  Marco Inc. was selected as one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” by Minnesota Business magazine for the second year in a row.  This award identifies companies in Minnesota that excel in the areas of work environment, employee benefits and overall employee happiness.  

Thrivent Financial

Thrivent Financial has been recognized by the Ethisphere Institute, an independent center of research promoting best practices in corporate ethics and governance, as a 2014 World’s Most Ethical Company®.This is the third time that Thrivent has been honored with this award, which recognizes organizations that continue to raise the bar on ethical leadership and corporate behavior. Thrivent is one of only five companies in the financial services industry honored this year. 

Larkin Hoffman
Larkin Hoffman announced that Patrick J. Cole and Molly T. Eichten have been elected as ‎shareholders of the firm. ‎Eichten focuses her practice in the areas of trademark and copyright law, intellectual property and ‎technology transactions including licensing, outsourcing, and development.  Cole advises businesses and health care providers in a variety of matters, including mergers, ‎acquisitions & divestitures, complex business transactions, compensation arrangements, and ‎compliance matters. 

The Art Institutes International Minnesota

Debra Newgard was hired as Dean of Academic Affairs is hired at The Art Institutes International Minnesota.  Newgard's experience includes serving as the Director of Education at Brown College.  

Comcast Business was awarded a Schedule 70 contract with the General Services Administration (GSA), which enables the Company to sell directly to federal, state and local government customers. The initial Schedule 70 applies to Comcast Business Ethernet services; future plans include expanding the Schedule to include full voice product suite, business internet and business TV offerings.

DC Group

DC Group plans to expand its North Minneapolis facility and will create at least 33 full-time permanent jobs. The company’s expected private investment in the expansion is over $6.2 million.  To assist the expansion, the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) will award DC Group $535,000 from the Minnesota Job Creation Fund if the company meets performance goals.  The average wage of the 33 new jobs is over $20 per hour, according to DC Group.

Agosto Inc.

Agosto Inc. has been named Google Enterprise Global Partner of the Year for Cloud Platform. The award was presented at Google’s annual Global Partner Summit in San Francisco. Agosto is a Google Apps Premier and Google Cloud Platform Premier partner.  The global Cloud Platform award recognizes Agosto’s innovative product development work that uses many components of Google's Cloud Platform. 

Gray Plant Mooty

The law firm of Gray Plant Mooty was recognized by The National Law Journal’s listing of the “Top 100 Verdicts” in 2013 for the firm’s successful $23.78 million verdict for Relco in an intellectual property dispute against Keller.  BTI 2014 Power Ranking places GPM in the top 25% of law firms with best client relationships. GPM  attorney Charles Maier was selected as the exclusive winner of the 2014 Client Choice Award in the Litigation category for Minnesota by The International Law Office and Lexology. The Client Choice awards recognizes those law firms and partners around the world that stand apart for the excellent client care they provide and the quality of their service. And 14 GPM attorneys in its Franchise & Distribution practice group have been named 2014 “Legal Eagles” by Franchise Times magazine, recognizing the best attorneys in franchising. Gray Plant Mooty has more attorneys on the list than any other firm in

the United States.

Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America/Delta Air Lines

Chris Collette, Senior Vice President of Chain Supply with Delta Air Lines, was awarded the Modell Award for Business Leadership for support of the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) as a business champion for the foundation. Collette has been the driving force behind the growth and development of the Delta Air Lines partnership that supports both the Georgia Chapter and the Minnesota/Dakotas Chapter of CCFA. Thanks to  his efforts, Delta Air Lines was honored as the Minnesota/Dakotas Chapter Corporate Partner of the Year Award recipient in 2012.

Xcel Energy

Xcel Energy was ranked among the 50 top "Best Employers in America by Business Insider. Fortune 500 companies were evaluated on high job satisfaction, low job stress, high work schedule flexibility, high job meaning, experienced median pay and how the median pay compares to other companies in the same industry. Xcel was the highest ranked Minnesota company. 


























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