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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/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.

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. 

Catholic Charities of St. Paul & Minneapolis/Greater Twin Cities' United Way/Mortenson Construction/Corporate Volunteerism Council - Twin Cities

Catholic Charities Northside Child Development Center ( NCDC) is in the midst of a major makeover that will provide a fresh and vibrant learning environment for kids. Various volunteer groups are giving their time this summer and fall to clean,organize and paint the center’s interior, as well as landscape the property.  This volunteer project titled Child’s Play: Helping Kids is Easy as 1-2-3, was chosen as one of  Greater Twin Cities' United Way's four community-wide projects during the nonprofit’s 100th anniversary celebration in February. As part of its Centennial, United Way is promoting volunteerism through a community-wide  call-to-action goal of engaging 100,000 volunteers. Several groups have committed to the NCDC project including Chamber member Mortenson Construction and Corporate Volunteerism Council - Twin Cities. 

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. 

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.

Lindquist & Vennum

Lindquist & Vennum was named one of the 2015 Working Mother & Flex-Time Lawyers 50 Best Law Firms for Women.  The firms selected were recognized for their family-friendly policies and career and business development initiatives that are helping retain women attorneys and advance them into the leadership pipeline. The firm also had 30 Minneapolis based attorneys named to the The Best Lawyers in America 2016 list. Three of those listed were also honored with “Lawyer of the Year” designations , a distinction reserved for only one lawyer in each practice area and designated metropolitan area: David Allgeyer: Minneapolis Arbitration; Robert Hartman: Minneapolis Employee Benefits (ERISA) and  Steve Johnson: Minneapolis Litigation – Banking and Finance. 

Eureka! Awards - Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal

In the 2nd annual Eureka! awards - which honor Minnesota for profit businesses and nonprofit organizations, the following Chamber member businesses were lauded for bringing new ideas to their work to better serve clients, communities and employees:  Dunwoody College of Technology, University of St. Thomas, Cushman & Wakefield NorthMarq, Weber Shandwick and Surly Brewing Company.

Ryan Companies/BOMA

Capella Tower was awarded the TOBY Award in the "over 1 million square feet" category at the BOMA International Conference in Los Angeles.  The building is managed by Chamber member Ryan Companies. Buildings are judged by all facets of building operations including energy management, tenant relations, community involvement, emergency preparedness and security. To qualify for the international level of this competition, Capella Tower first won “The Outstanding Building of the Year” distinction at the local level, then at the regional level. BOMA Greater Minneapolis is one of 92 North American and 17 overseas affiliates of BOMA International.

Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest

More than 2,500 bowlers from 60 different companies came together to raise $700,000 at this year's JA bigBowl.   This team building event brings companies together to have fun while raising important funds for JA programs. Companies got creative in their recruiting and fundraising efforts with costumes, auctions, fundraising competitions and even a limbo contest. Chamber member companies with Queenpies or Kingpins (executives who promoted JA bigBowl at their companies):  Ellyn Shook at Accenture, Phil Trier at U.S. Bank, Kurt Fasen, Voya Financial and Ed Kadletz at Wells Fargo.

Kraus-Anderson Realty/Park Dental Group/Sperides Reiners Architects

Bloomington’s newly renovated 4200 W. Old Shakopee Road Building has added a new tenant.  Kraus-Anderson Realty Company has signed a lease with Park Dental Group to occupy 4,675 square feet.  Park Dental joins several businesses in that building including Chamber member  Sperides Reiners Architects, Inc. The 39,790-square-foot office complex – formerly a Wells Fargo Bank building – features a completely renovated first floor commons area, including the lobby, corridor and restrooms.   

Minnesota Vikings

The Minnesota Vikings, valued at $1.15 billion, made the Forbes' list of 50 most valuable sports teams in the world.  They are tied at 49th place with the Dallas Mavericks and the Atlanta Braves. No other Minnesota sports team made the list. 

Plekkenpol Builders

Monte Mraz has joined Plekkenpol Builders, Inc. as the newest member of their project management team. His position as project manager includes planning and design, estimating and sales of additions, kitchens, baths, whole house and all other types of residential remodeling and home maintenance. Mraz has over 30 years of experience as a carpenter, remodeler, builder and developer inMinnesota. He is also a past president of the Builders Association of Minnesota and a Life Director at the National Association of Home Builders. 

Vision Loss Resources

Vision Loss Resources was recognized by the Minneapolis Advisory Committee on People with Disabilities for excellence in service and supporting independence, inclusiveness, and accessible environments and services for individuals with disabilities. The award was presented as part of the City of Minneapolis’ celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

August Ash

Lynn Winter has joined August Ash as Production Director. Winter  brings over fifteen years of industry experience, managing digital projects and teams.  Work anniversaries at the company include  Peter McWilliams, Technology Director - 11 years and Shawn Haukaas,  Vice President -  10 years. August Ash is a full service Internet marketing and web development firm located in Bloomington, MN.

Allina Health Systems

Dr. Penny Wheeler, President & CEO of Allina Health Systems, is among 11 people appointed by Governor Mark Dayton to a state task force which will be evaluating the future of Minnesota health care programs including MNsure and Minnesota Care. The task force has a total of 33 members (some selected by state legislators) and will issue a final report by January 15 of 2016. 

U.S. Bank

U.S. Bank Wealth Management promoted Scott Kaul to wealth management advisor managing director for The Private Client Reserve of U.S. Bank in Minneapolis.  Kaul was a wealth management advisor for The Private Client Reserve in Minneapolis. He joined U.S. Bank in 1994 and has held various leadership positions throughout his career.

Guild Incorporated

Marian Bayer,  MBA, MPA, has joined Guild Incorporated as Chief Financial Officer.  Bayer has held senior management positions in finance and operations for not-for-profit, for-profit and government organizations including the Red Cross, Parents in Community Action, Social Venture Partners, and Mille Lacs County. Lou Gomez, MBA, Director of Sales (Twin Cities), Senior Vice President of U.S. Bank, has joined the Board of Directors at Guild Incorporated.  Gomez has an extensive background in wealth management and banking, previously holding positions with Associated and Wells Fargo Banks.  

Marco, Inc.

Marco, Inc. was named North Central Partner of the Year by Microsoft’s US Small & Mid-sized Business (SMB) Champions Club.  Microsoft’s US SMB Champions Club is an exclusive program designed for partners who have a proven track record of delivering Microsoft solutions to businesses in the US small and medium business segment and have committed to advancing their cloud business practice. The company also assumed responsibility for the copier sales and service previously provided by Crabtree Companies, Inc. Marco welcomed the employees that previously supported Crabtree’s copier sales and service to its employee-owned team. Since 2004, Marco has grown from 200 employees to 900 employees at 42 locations nationally.  Finally, Marco announced the following new hires at their Twin  Cities location: Peder Rolvaag– Inside Sales Representative II; Chris Foster - Project Manager; Greg Opoien - Support Desk Specialist; Amanda Parr - Business Development Consultant; Shelby Pederson - Technology Advisor; Matt Kanaskie - Unified Communications Practice Group Manager; Brad Huda - Managed Services Specialist; Gregory Garcia - Senior Network Systems Engineer and Dave Busch - Network Copier Installer/Trainer & Delivery Specialist. 


U.S. Bank/Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest

Jeff Kerr, president of U.S. Bank Institutional Trust and Custody, has been named chairman of the board of directors for Junior Achievement of The Upper Midwest, Inc. (JAUM) for the 2015-2016 fiscal year.  Kerr has been a dedicated member of JAUM’s board of directors since 2006, and has served previously as treasurer and first vice chair. Kerr has been with U.S. Bank since 1998, and has worked in banking for 28 years.





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