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Oppenheimer Wolff & Donnelly LLP
Jeff Bouslog was elected Firm Chair of Oppenheimer Wolff & Donnelly LLP. Bouslog will take the reins from outgoing Chair Tom Letscher, who returned to his MedTech practice on a full-time basis. The firm also announced the election of 3 partners: Dennis Hansen (Business Litigation Practice), Meghan Hansen (Business Litigation Practice) and Brett Hanson (Finance & Transaction Practice Group).
Northeast Bank has established the Northeast Bank Financial Scholars Program, a yearlong initiative to bring financial literacy education to area students by providing them with access to the EverFiTM—Financial Literacy learning course. This web-based program uses the latest in new media technology – through this learning course, students will become certified in hundreds of topics in personal finance, allowing them to become more informed, responsible citizens. The interactive financial management program is brought to high school students at no cost to the school. Area schools selected for this program include Columbia Academy, Columbia Heights High School, and Menlo Park Academy.
Felhaber, Larson, Fenlon and Vogt, P.A.
Felhaber, Larson, Fenlon and Vogt, P.A., announced that Pete Rosene was inducted in the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel in November of 2013. The College is a prestigious group of employee benefits practitioners with a proven history of excellence. Fellows have a minimum of 20 years’ experience practicing benefits law and a proven history of significant contributions in the field of employee benefits. The law firm also announced two new shareholders: Jessica J Nelson and Richard R. Voelbel. Nelson’s practice focuses on the areas of employment and employee benefits law, including both advice work and litigation. Voelbel primarily practices in the areas of commercial litigation and employment litigation.
Restaurant Alma & Manny's Steakhouse
Both Chamber member businesses made the Zagat Guide top 10 Twin Cities Restaurant List. Restaurant Alma was selected for the #1 position with Manny's Steakhouse at #9. Restaurant Alma is also a semi-finalist in the 2014 James Beard Awards for Outstanding Service.
Arthur, Chapman, Kettering, Smetak & Pikla, P.A.
Arthur, Chapman, Kettering, Smetak & Pikala, P.A. is pleased to announce the addition of Louise Bautch-Holton as a paralegal in the automobile law practice group. Ms. Bautch-Holton obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire, and her Associate Degree in Paralegal Studies from the Minnesota School of Business.
Lommen Abdo, Cole, King & Stageberg
U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers, for the fourth consecutive year, has announced that the Lommen Abdo Law Firm is included in the 2014 “Best Law Firms” rankings. Lommen Abdo's appellate practice received a national ranking in the 2014 lists. Regional rankings for the Minneapolis/ St. Paul Metropolitan Area included four litigation practices (appellate - Tier 1, plaintiff's personal injury - Tier 1, legal malpractice defense - Tier 2, and personal injury defense - Tier 2) and the corporate law practice (Tier 3). And Bryan Feldhaus and Jeff O’Brien have become shareholders of the firm effective January 1, 2014.
CliftonLarsonAllen acquired 3 firms: Bankers Advisory, Inc. (consulting firm that specializes in mortgage compliance), OneSource Professional Services Group (consulting/tax services firm focused on emerging & medium size business) and Sullivan Rogers & Company (CPA/consulting focused on state & local government markets). All are firms located on the east coast.
Sunrise Banks CEO David Reiling was named to the 2014 Top Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business by the publishing firm Next Decade Inc. This awards honors business & civic leaders who guide their organizations with dedication to transparency, business sustainability & long-term reputation preservation. Reiling also is a winner of Ernst & Young's first-ever Socially Responsible Business Award.
Financial-services firm Edward Jones ranked No. 4 on FORTUNE magazine's "100 Best Companies to Work For 2014" list in its 15th appearance on the prestigious list. The firm was the highest-ranking financial-services firm on the list. Edward Jones' 15 FORTUNE rankings also include top 10 finishes for 11 years, top five rankings for six years and consecutive No. 1 rankings in 2002 and 2003. Last year, the firm ranked No. 8 overall.
Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest
Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest received $1 million donation from the Otto Bremer Foundation to establish a multi-year initiative to promote entrepreneurship and its opportunities to students in Minnesota, North Dakota and western Wisconsin. The fund will support relevant programming, focused research, innovative learning strategies and partnership development. The initiative will target students throughout the three-state region, with particular focus on vulnerable and immigrant populations. The following JA programs focus on youth entrepreneurship.
Weber Shandwick has selected Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom (MAITC), a program committed to increasing the agricultural literacy of Minnesota students, as its pro bono client for 2014. For 28 years, MAITC has provided free resources and training to teachers so they can teach their students about the importance of agriculture, while incorporating these lessons into other standardized subjects, such as geography, history and science. In 2014, Weber Shandwick will work with MAITC on a pilot program to help spread awareness of the program and engage teachers in several target schools in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area.
Hennepin County Medical Center
Dr. Jim Miner has been selected to be Hennepin County Medical Center’s (HCMC) new Chief of Emergency Medicine. He takes over duties from retiring Chief Dr. Joseph Clinton, who recently 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. And 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 care To receive its certification, HCMC Cancer Center implemented the STAR Program which involves training clinicians and focusing on improving patient care outcomes. The healthcare services offered by the STAR Program are covered by most insurance providers, including Medicare, and will be offered to patients by a knowledgeable and sensitive medical staff that is specially trained to work with survivors of all forms of cancer.
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.
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.
Gray Plant Mooty
Gray Plant Mooty announced that Minneapolis-based attorney Jennifer Reedstrom Bishop was honored as a Minnesota Lawyer 2013 Attorney of the Year. She was selected based on criteria that included a successful result in an important business transaction as well as significant public service. Reedstrom Bishop is the chair of Gray Plant Mooty’s Health & Nonprofit Organizations practice group. And the firm was recognized by 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.
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.