Business People: Sunday, Aug. 23

23August 2020

ARCHITECTURE/ENGINEERING

Engineering firm WSB, Golden Valley, announced projects to assist Stanford University at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory with the management of low-level radioactive waste and other research byproducts, and that the firm will began managing the waste disposal process and environmental sampling at Treasure Island and Hunters Point, two former U.S. Navy installations in the San Francisco Bay Area.

EDUCATION

Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest, St. Paul, announced that CEO Gina Blayney has retired after 15 years with the organization. Her successor is Sara Dziuk, who was with St. Paul-based College Possible.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

TripleTree Holdings, an Edina-based health care merchant bank focused on mergers and acquisitions, announced it has appointed Dawn Owens as chief executive officer. Owens, who most recently served as president of TTH, succeeds Kevin Green, the company’s founder and CEO for the past 22 years. Prior to joining TTH, Owens served as CEO of OptumHealth, an Eden Prairie-based health care subsidiary of UnitedHealth Group. … Bell Bank announced the opening of a new branch at 19810 Headwaters Blvd. North, in Forest Lake. Bell Bank is based in Fargo, N.D., with a regional headquarters in Bloomington. … Hilltop Securities, Dallas, Texas, recently welcomed Senior Vice President Patrick “Pat” Toutant as Private Client Group branch manager in St. Paul.

FITNESS

Farrell’s eXtreme Bodyshaping announced its expansion at 304 6th Ave. North, Minneapolis.

HEALTH CARE

Allina Health, Minneapolis, announced that 74 of its physicians have been named to Mpls.St.Paul magazine’s Top Doctors list.

HONORS

The Association for Talent Development has named professional services firm CLA (CliftonLarsonAllen), Minneapolis, as a 2020 BEST Award winner, recognizing its talent development programs. … Barron’s has named Doug Baker of St. Paul-based Ecolab as one of its 25 best CEOs, citing the gains the cleaning and sanitation company has produced under his leadership.

HOSPITALITY

Bluefin Bay Resorts, Tofte, Minn., announced that Silver Bay native Joe Swanson and his business partner Pipasu Soni have taken over ownership of the company, operating under the management company BFB Management LLC.

LAW

Spencer Fane, Minneapolis, announced that James (Jim) Lodoen has joined the firm as a partner in the firm’s Bankruptcy, Restructuring, and Creditors’ Rights practice group. Lodoen previously helped the trustee in the bankruptcy case resulting from the Tom Petters Ponzi scheme.

MINING

PolyMet Mining Corp., a Canadian company with mining interests on Minnesota’s Iron Range, announced the appointment of Glencore executive Nathan Bullock to its board of directors, replacing Hilmar Rode, who stepped down.

ORGANIZATIONS

The Insurance Federation of Minnesota announced that Aaron Cocking has been promoted to president and chief executive officer, replacing Bob Johnson, who retired after 42 years of service.

PHILANTHROPY

Storm Creek, an Eagan-based supplier of outdoor-inspired apparel, announced it has donated $7,500 to support the hungry through Feeding America’s COVID-19 Response Fund; the Advertising Specialty Institute has agreed to match the donations dollar-for-dollar through the #ASIcares Fund Drive, for a total contribution of $15,000, once the fund drive ends on July 6.

REAL ESTATE

NAI Legacy, a Minneapolis-based property management and brokerage services firm, announced that it has hired Julie Bauch as managing director of Property Management.

SERVICES

Dakota Supply Group, a supplier of HVAC products and services to business with a regional headquarters in Plymouth, announced it has named Jared Winterboer, Cameron Pederson, Brian Eubanks, Brandon Messer, Jason Hammers, Justin Nelson, and Ernie Companion as regional sales managers.

TECHNOLOGY

Digital River, a Minnetonka-based provider of e-commerce marketing services, announced the appointment of Ted Rogers as chief marketing officer.

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