Digital agency Rocket55, Minneapolis, has named Reed Langton-Yanowitz partner, hired five new team members, and promoted six employees. New hires: Stephanie Batten, assistant account manager; Ronald “Grisha” Bornsztein, associate paid digital specialist; AJ Eskew, associate paid digital specialist; Ellen Smith, copywriter, and Laurel Wertish, social media specialist; promotions: Alexandra Messerli, head of accounts; Olivia Allen, strategic growth account manager; Margaret McDonald, content manager; Britanny Gerdin, marketing strategist; Taylor Morgan, senior account manager; and Chris Grathwol, paid digital specialist. … Minneapolis-based Solve is launching a national campaign for home storage and organization company Inspired Closets. … Clarity Coverdale Fury, Minneapolis, has created a campaign of testimonials from former smokers for Quitplan services to support New Year resolutions. … Twin Cities’ entrepreneur Margaret Murphy has launched customer relationship management firm Bold Orange in Minneapolis. … Brand activation agency Modern Promos, Minneapolis, announced it has hired Bill Sluben as vice president of growth strategy. … Tabor PR, Inver Grove Heights, announced that it has been selected by Brooklyn Park-based brand marketing and commercial printing company Meyers to lead its public relations and social media efforts.
NewStudio Architecture, White Bear Lake, announced the promotion of Adam Jarvi to associate principal. … Julie Lux has joined BKV Group’s Minneapolis office as pre-
development services director.
United Properties, Minneapolis, announced that Richard Student, senior vice president of investments, has been promoted to executive vice president, asset management/finance, effective Jan. 1
Traveling exhibition company Exhibits Development Group, St. Paul, announced a long-term partnership with Syracuse, N.Y., shopping, dining and entertainment center Destiny USA.
Accounting firm association Moore Stephens North America, Minneapolis, has elected Beth Kieffer Leonard, Lurie LLP; Cheryl Burke, DGC and Tony Caleca, Brown Smith Wallace to its board. … Eagle Valley Bank, Stillwater, announced the promotion of Aaron Siegle to president effective July 1. … Allianz Life Insurance Co. of North America, Golden Valley, announced that it hired Kelly LaVigne as senior director of advanced markets. … Sunbelt Business Advisors, Little Canada, announced the launch of AcquireandGrow.com, a site dedicated to serve the firm’s increased demand for growth through acquisition services.
Dessert Holdings, St. Paul, a holding company formed by private equity firm Gryphon Investors to house its dessert brands, announced that it has acquired Atlanta Cheesecake Co., of Kennesaw, Ga. Dessert Holdings also includes The Original Cakerie and Lawler’s Desserts.
Friendship Village of Bloomington, a retirement community offering Life Care, has been distinguished as a Center for Successful Aging by Masterpiece Living, an organization dedicated to promoting active aging. … Neurological Associates of St. Paul has joined the combined HealthEast and Fairview Health Services system. … Six Fairview hospitals recently received four stars or higher in overall hospital quality from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services: Fairview Southdale, Edina; Woodwinds Health Campus, Woodbury; Fairview Northland Medical Center, Princeton; Fairview Ridges Hospital, Burnsville, and Grand Itasca Clinic & Hospital, Grand Rapids.
Rochester’s Mayo Field was recognized as the 2017 Field of the Year by the Minnesota Park and Sports Turf Managers Association. The award was presented to city of Rochester Parks and Recreation employees John Munson, Andy Olson, Jordan Kuzma, Nathan Siebrecht and Nick Lewison. … The Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. has snared the Gold Award as Business Facilities magazine’s 2017 Economic Development Deal of the Year for the $10.7-billion Foxconn production facility project.
National law firm Dykema announced that Reed R. Heimbecher has been appointed as office managing member of its Minneapolis office. … HKM, St. Paul, announced the election of two new shareholders: Brandon Glanz and Krista Pezewski. Both were associates in the firm. … Gray Plant Mooty, Minneapolis, has named Elizabeth Dillon and Mark Kirsch to lead its Franchise and Distribution Practice Group, joining longtime chair Kirk Reilly. … Barnes & Thornburg, Minneapolis, announced the launch of its Family Law practice with the addition of partners Karen Schreiber, practice chair; Sonja Trom Eayrs; Brittany Stephens Pearson; and Gloria Myre. … Minneapolis-based law firm Nilan Johnson Lewis has promoted product liability and business litigation lawyers Benjamin Johnson and Matthew Murphy to shareholders, effective Jan. 1. … Stinson Leonard Street announced the election of 12 new partners nationally, effective Jan. 1. In Mankato: Jessica Barry; in Minneapolis: Amy Conway, Katie Devlaminck, Christine Eid, Laurie Glapa, Calvin Hoffman and Lauren Routhier.
Diversified Plastics, Brooklyn Park, announced the retirement of James R. Dow as president. Succeeded by Kevin G. Hogan in August 2017, Dow will remain chairman of the board. … Meyers, a Brooklyn Park-based family-owned designer and manufacturer of large-format graphics, displays, cards, labels and signage for retail marketing, announced that Micheal Lane has been named CEO. … St. Cloud Window, a manufacturer of acoustically-rated commercial aluminum windows, historic replacement windows, architectural terrace doors, aluminum sliding glass doors and acoustically rated curtain wall products, announced the launch of its new website at stcloudwindow.com. … Nortech Systems, a Maple Grove-based provider of electronics manufacturing services, has named Connie Beck vice president and chief financial officer.
The St. Paul Area Chamber of Commerce announced that Tom Whaley, executive vice president of the St. Paul Saints, will be 2018 chair of the Board of Directors. New board members are: Thomas Cook, Metropolitan State University; Duchesne Drew, Bush Foundation; Tom Freeman, Faegre Baker Daniels; Nancy Haas, Messerli & Kramer; Mike Hauswirth, U.S. Bank; Shannon Hirstein, Roseville Visitors Association; Dennis Jolley, Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare; John Kavanagh, Minnesota Public Radio; Richard Pakonen, RC Enterprises; Joe Ravens, Wells Fargo Bank; Vince Rivard, HealthPartners; Tony Sanneh, Sanneh Foundation; James Stolpestad, Exeter Group; and Dana Weber, Brandography.
Penny and Bill George and the George Family Foundation announced a combined $2.5 million gift to support an innovative well-being center at the new YMCA at Gaviidae, Minneapolis. In addition to the grant to the YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities, the Foundation announced grants totaling $2.5 million to 37 organizations.
Kim Ziton has been named the No. 1 real estate agent in Minnesota for Keller Williams Premier Realty. She is based in Woodbury. … Coldwell Banker Burnet announced the following agent affiliations: Jennifer Bussard, Apple Valley; Clayton Sedesky, Stillwater; Tony Hernandez, Dakota County-Eagan; Vallie Tracy, Minneapolis Lakes; Antonia Vandersteen, Minneapolis Lakes; Steve Bauer, Stillwater; and Ed Kapler, Woodbury.
C.H. Robinson, an Eden Prairie-based national freight logistics company, announced the appointment of Robert (“Bob”) Houghton as vice president of investor relations and treasury.
Minneapolis resident Brian Gaiser has been named director of international sales for Petaluma, Calif.-based educational technology provider FrontRow. … CaptureLife Inc., a Minneapolis-based provider of a photo sharing app for iPhones and Android devices and the CaptureLife digital delivery, commerce and marketing platform for imaging professionals, was named a best new product of 2017 by PhotographyTalk.com. … BTM Global, a Minneapolis-based provider of retail system integration and development services, announced that Red Wing Shoe Co. of Red Wing, Minn., has adopted its platform to support its large base of corporate customers. … Qumu, a Minneapolis-based provider of enterprise video, announced the hiring of Chance Mason to lead its worldwide sales and business development.
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