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Business People: Sunday, Nov. 11

November 12,2018 12:13

The St. Paul Farmers Market at Union Depot is opening in the Head House at Union Depot, Lowertown, St. Paul. … Cargill Inc., Wayzata, announced that David Dines, head of risk management, would replace Chief Financial Officer Marcel Smits on Dec. 1.


AGRICULTURE
The St. Paul Farmers Market at Union Depot is opening in the Head House at Union Depot, Lowertown, St. Paul. … Cargill Inc., Wayzata, announced that David Dines, head of risk management, would replace Chief Financial Officer Marcel Smits on Dec. 1.
EDUCATION
Kevin J. Armstrong, most recently general counsel for DST Brokerage Solutions in Minneapolis, has joined Mitchell Hamline School of Law in St. Paul as a Distinguished Practitioner in Residence. The school also announced that professors Allen Blair and David Larson have been chosen to receive the 2018-19 John H. Faricy Jr. Professorship for Empirical Research in the Law. … Educational testing company Questar Assessment Inc., Apple Valley, has named Brendan Kealey chief information officer.
FINANCIAL SERVICES
SFM Mutual Insurance Co., Bloomington, has named Terry Miller president and chief executive officer. Miller has worked at SFM for over 30 years, serving as the company’s original controller. Miller’s appointment comes as SFM President and CEO Bob Lund steps down after leading SFM since May 2007. … Shannon Butler, vice president of digital innovation for Ideal Credit Union, Woodbury, has been named a CUNA Rock Star for 2018…. Accounting and advisory firm Baker Tilly Virchow Krause announced that Russell Fleming has rejoined the firm as a director in the firm’s Minneapolis construction and real estate practice. … The KNW Group, a Minnetonka-based provider of  insurance, benefits and wealth management services, will rebrand itself as NFP, effective Feb. 1. KNW was acquired by NFP in 2005.
HEALTH CARE
South Lake Pediatrics, Minnetonka, has joined the Fairview Physician Associates Net­work, a network of more than 3,700 primary and specialty providers in the greater Twin Cities area.
HONORS
BATC-Housing First Minnesota announced the following top awards at its Building Industry Gala: Builder of the Year: Lennar, Plymouth; Remodeler of the Year: Michels Homes, North Oaks; Associate of the Year: In-Focus Systems, St. Louis Park; Bennie Award: Spirit of Brandtjen Farms, Tradition Development Corp., Lakeville; Minnesota Green Path Leadership Award: Brandl Anderson Homes, Eagan; Legislator of the Year: Rep. Pat Garofalo, Farmington; Advocate of the Year: Martin Harstad, Harstad Homes, New Brighton; Robert L. Hanson Lifetime Achievement Award: Betty Hardle, Vanderbilt Homes, Minneapolis; Richard Berg, Contract Interiors, St. Paul. … The Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota announced the winners of its Torch Awards for Ethics: Monarch Builders & Commercial Services, Edina; Standard Water Control Systems, Crystal; Handi Medical Supply, St. Paul; Preferred Credit, St. Cloud; scholarship winners are: Claire Wallerick, Woodbury, $2,500; Nyah Brooks, La Crescent, $2,500; Genesis Paul, Hazen, N.D., $2,500; Anna Park, Rochester, $1,500; Justin Schutte, Virginia, Minn., $1,500. … The Associated General Contractors of Minnesota recognized 35 companies for participating in theConstruction Health and Safety Excellence (CHASE) program. Additionally, the following awards were announced: Legislature of the Year: Rep. Jason Rarick, R-Pine County; Skill-Responsibility-Integrity Award: Jerry Volz, Ames Construction; Lifetime Achievement Award: Tony Phillippi, Phillippi Equipment Co. … Greater Mankato Business Awards and Hall of Fame announced that BAMCO – McDonald’s of Mankato is the inaugural winner of its newly created Legacy Award to honor businesses that have been in the Mankato region for 10 years or more and have previously joined the Hall of Fame.
LAW
Dorsey & Whitney announced that Michele Thurnblom has rejoined its Real Estate and Land Use Group as a partner in the Minneapolis office. … Fredrikson & Byron, Minneapolis, announced the following additions: Samuel M. Andre, Bankruptcy, Restructuring & Workouts and Litigation Groups; Mary G. Hyland, Real Estate Group; Chelsey E. Jonason, Health Care Group; Jessica R. Sharpe, Litigation Group; Jeffrey C. Story, Mergers & Acquisitions Group; Ashley W. Wilson, Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity and Corporate Governance Groups. The firm also announced that Patrick D. Smith has joined as a shareholder in the Employment & Labor Group in the Des Moines, Iowa, office. … Larson King, St. Paul, announced that Wendy M. Bratten and Patrick H. O’Neill III have joined the firm as associates. …
MANUFACTURING
Alexandria Industries announced the acquisition of Alexandria Plastics of Wheaton, Minn., a manufacturer of plastic injection and foam molded components. … Diversified Plastics, a Brooklyn Park-based custom plastic-injection molder and digital manufacturer of high-precision components, announced that it has joined the Carbon Production Network.
MARKETING
Forrester Research has included The Lacek Group, a Minneapolis provider of brand-loyalty marketing products, among its featured providers in a Now Tech report, Tools and Technology: The Customer Loyalty Playbook for 2018.
MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY
Matt Jennings, CEO  and president of Hudson, Wis.-based medical device manufacturer Phillips-Medisize, a Molex company, has been appointed to Dance Biopharm‘s board of directors. Dance Biopharm, San Francisco, focuses on developing treatments for diabetes and other chronic diseases. Phillips-Medisize also announced the rollout of its third-generation Connected Health Platform.
NONPROFITS
WomenVenture, Minneapolis, has added seven new members to its board of directors: Danielle Lohbeck, Ernst & Young; Kelly Larmon, Thrivent; Lindsay Bickler, Deloitte & Touche; Lisa Kramer Rodacker, Deluxe Corp.; Nayana Jha, Bank of America Private Wealth Management; Nelima Sitati Munene, ACER; Sonya McCullum Roberts, Cargill. WomenVenture is dedicated to helping women attain economic self-sufficiency through the creation and growth of profitable businesses.
REAL ESTATE
St. Louis Park-based Mid-America Real Estate – Minnesota announced the promotion of Kristin Bartish to vice president of property management. … Coldwell Banker Burnet announced that Wyn Ray, branch vice president of the Carver County office, won the Minneapolis Area Realtors Heart of the Community award; affiliated real estate agent Patty Zuzek, Apple Valley, was named “Realtor of the Year;” St. Cloud/Sartell branch vice president Russ Portele has been named to the Minnesota Realtors Political Action Committee Hall of Fame.
SERVICES
Business services company Deluxe Corp., Shorview, announced that Barry McCarthy has been named president, chief executive and a member of the board, effective Nov. 26. McCarthy was with First Data for 14 years, most recently serving as executive vice president and head of its network and security solutions.
TECHNOLOGY
Carrie Tollefson, a 2004 Olympian and TV sports personality, has been named run lead and coach for Wellbeats, a St. Louis Park-based content and software-as-a-service company that provides virtual on-demand fitness classes. … Coridian Technologies, a Chanhassen-based provider of labeling and barcode solutions, announced the appointment of Bill Sima as sales representative. … CaptureLife, a Minneapolis-based photography technology company, received the “Best Business Potential” award at the Visual 1st conference, a gathering of businesses and entrepreneurs promoting innovation and partnership in the photo and video marketplace.
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