Business People: Sunday, Nov. 22

22November 2020


MSR Design, Minneapolis, announced the promotion of Kristilyn Vercruysse to senior associate.


Western Governors University announced that Patrick Baker has joined the online, nonprofit university in Minnesota as director of external affairs. … The Minnesota Academy of Science, St. Paul, announced the addition of Rob Meyer to its board of directors. Meyer is the prize administrator of the Breakthrough Prize Foundation, which recognizes and awards scientific achievements.


Ameriprise Financial, Minneapolis, announced that 42 of its financial advisers were named to Working Mother Magazine’s 2020 list of the “Top Wealth Advisor Moms” in the country. … Thrivent, a Minneapolis-based diversified financial services organization, announced that Stephen Kennedy has joined the organization as senior vice president and chief operations officer.


Hormel Foods Corp., Austin, Minn., announced the appointment of Pierre Lilly as senior vice president and chief compliance officer for the company’s worldwide operations, and the appointment of Leslie Lee as vice president of digital experience. … South Korea-based CJ CheilJedang announced that Dimitrios Smyrnios, CEO of grocery delivery company Schwan’s Co., Marshall, Minn., will also serve as executive chairman of CJCJ Food, Americas, which acquired Schwan’s and several of its subsidiaries in February 2019.


Health insurer Medica, Minnetonka, announced that Gaye Adams Massey has been elected to its board of directors. Since 2015, Massey has been chief executive officer at YWCA St. Paul. … Washburn Center for Children, a Minneapolis-based provider of pediatric mental health and supportive services, has hired Craig Warren as chief administrative officer.


Housing First Minnesota, a housing industry trade and advocacy group, announced the following awards: Builder of the Year: Gordon James Construction, Maple Plain; Remodeler of the Year: Lake Country Builders, Excelsior; Associate of the Year: Bollig & Sons, Hopkins; Bennie Award: The Excelsior Group, St. Louis Park for Adelaide Landing, Hugo; Legislators of the Year: Sen. Mark Koran, North Branch; Rep. Shane Mekeland, Clear Lake; Robert L. Hanson Lifetime Achievement Award: Frank Kottschade, North American Realty, Rochester.


Winthrop & Weinstine, Minneapolis, announced that Cynthia Hegarty has joined the firm as counsel in the Creditors’ Remedies, Bankruptcy and Work-Out Practice. … Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services, St. Paul, announced the following staff additions: Francisco Velazquez, paralegal, Worthington; Paw Gay Moo, intake specialist, St. Paul; Lisa Salazar, staff attorney, immigration, St. Paul Midway.


Uponor North America, an Apple Valley-based maker of piping for use in homes and businesses, announced the appointment of Brett Boyum as vice president of marketing and offerings and a member of the company’s senior management committee. … Tennant Co., a Golden Valley-based maker of floor scrubbers for business use, announced the appointment of Daniel E. Glusick to senior vice president of global operations.


GLS/NEXT Precision Marketing, Brooklyn Park and St. Paul, announced the hiring of Mark Flatley as vice president of operations.


Colliers Securities, part of Colliers International | U.S., Minneapolis, announced that Catharine Trebnick, vice president equity research, has been named as a 2020 Cyber Security Summit Visionary Leadership Award winner.


Face Foundrié, a Twin Cities-based retail facial spa chain, announced it has opened a location in Maple Grove, its third.




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