1970s

Loren Nikolai, ’73 PhD, the EY Professor of Accountancy Emeritus at the University of Missouri, was recently awarded the inaugural MU Honors College Outstanding Faculty Award for his ongoing contributions to teaching elementary accounting to honors students.

Esperanza Guerrero-Anderson, ’73 MBA, was named to the Minnesota Women Business Owners Hall of Fame by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal as a trailblazer for women in business for her founding of Guerrero-Anderson, Inc., in Minneapolis.

Joel Schleicher, ’74 BSB, has been awarded the University of Minnesota’s 2015 Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Schleicher is the founder and executive chairman for Cyber Risk Management, LLC, based in Tampa, Florida.

Dan Caspersen, ’74 BSB and ’80 MA-IR, has been hired by Hudson’s Bay Company in Toronto, Canada, as executive vice president of human resources. Caspersen is responsible for leading the human resources function across the company.

Mike Newell, ’75 BSB, recently received the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Distinguished Public Service Award for his commitment to the U.S. Defense Department’s security cooperation programs. Newell is now partially retired from the industry, and also is retired as a U.S. Navy officer.


1980s

John Stumpf, ’80 MBA, was named by Ad Week as one of the 100 Influential Leaders in Marketing, Media, and Tech for his work with Wells Fargo, based in San Francisco.

Maureen Steinwall, ’81 MBA, was named to the Minnesota Women Business Owners Hall of Fame by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal as a pioneer for women in business for her founding of Steinwall, Inc., located in Coon Rapids, Minnesota. Steinwall is also a 2015 EY Entrepreneur of the Year finalist. Finalists were chosen for their ability to turn a visionary idea into a successful enterprise.

Todd Chaffee, ’82 BSB, was named the number 31 tech investor in the United States by Forbes for his work as a partner at Institutional Venture Partners in San Francisco. Chaffee had led investments in firms such as Netflix and Yahoo.

Robert Thames, ’82 BSB and ’86 MBA, has been named the CEO of Northern Arizona Healthcare. He was selected after a nationwide search by the health system.

Barbara Farley, ’83 MBA and ’90 PhD, conferred an honorary doctorate on former President Jimmy Carter when he visited Illinois College in October 2014. Farley is the current President of Illinois College, located in Jacksonville, Illinois.

Kelly Frankenfeld, ’84 MBA, has been named chief marketing and sales officer at Ulteig. Ulteig is a civil engineering firm located in North Dakota.

Matthew Ginter, ’85 BSB and ’93 MBA, has been promoted to corporate treasurer and vice president of Investor Relations at 3M, based in St. Paul.

Jay Helgren, ’86 BSB, has been hired as vice president of sales and marketing at Vercon, Inc., a construction management firm in Minneapolis.

John Stavig, ’87 BSB, has been honored with a Eureka Award from the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal for ingenuity and his work as the director of the Gary S. Holmes Center for Entrepreneurship at the Carlson School. Stavig was also awarded the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal Titans in Technology Award as a Technology Advocate.

Steve Condon, ’87 BSB, has been named the co-director of wealth management at D.A. Davidson and Company in Minneapolis.

Kathryn Matthew, ’88 MBA, has been appointed by President Barack Obama as director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services in Washington, D.C.

Jody Feragen, ’89 MBA and ’04 Executive Program Graduate, was featured by Fortune magazine as the number 39 female CFO on the Fortune 500 list. Feragen is the current CFO of Hormel Foods Corporation in Austin, Minnesota.


1990s

Robert Doty, ’90 BSB and ’10 MBA, is parting with the Minneapolis Public School District to join the Harvest Schools Network as a joint COO/CFO.

Judy Lysne, ’91 MBA, was featured by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal as an industry-leading female executive for her professional achievements as president and CEO of Lifeworks Services, Inc., in St. Paul.

Dr. Todd Hostager, ’92 PhD, has been hired to lead Logic PD’s development of its digital strategy curriculum. Logic PD is an analytical and research services firm based in Minneapolis.

Hoyt Hsiao, ’92 BSB, received the Charles W. Poe Jr. Entrepreneur of the Year Award from the Metropolitan Economic Development Association. The award is given to an entrepreneur who exhibits best business practices, business growth, leadership, and philanthropy. Hsiao received this award for his work as president and CEO of Shaw-Lundquist Associates in Eagan, Minnesota.

Scott Jameson, ’92 BSB, is SVP and CFO of Global Polo Brands at Ralph Lauren in New York City.

Laura Newinski, ’94 MBT, has been promoted from tax national managing partner to vice chair of operations at KPMG, LLP, in Minneapolis. Newinski is a member of the Carlson School’s Master of Business Taxation Hall of Fame.

Craig Schmidtke, ’94 BSB, was recognized by the Minneapolis Star Tribune as a “Mover & Shaker” for his hand in the growth of information technology company Virteva in Minneapolis. Schmidtke is currently the vice president of sales, marketing, and product strategy.

Matthew Schulte, ’94 BSB, played a large role in the growth and eventual sale of eMoney Advisor in Philadelphia as senior vice president of financial planning. eMoney Advisor was sold to Fidelity in February.

Lee Jones, ’95 Executive Program Graduate, was featured in the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal as an industry-leading female executive for her professional achievements as president and CEO of Rebiotix in Roseville, Minnesota.

William Gould, ’96 BSB and ’06 MBA, has been promoted to vice president of the Financial Institution Group at Securian Financial in St. Paul.

John Mulligan, ’96 MBA and former Target CFO, became the newly created COO, overseeing the restructuring of the Minneapolis-based company’s supply chain.

Tom Senn, ’96 MBA, joined Young America (YA) as vice president of client insight and analytics. YA, based in Minneapolis, is an industry leader in promotional marketing.

Brad Stratton, ’96 MBA, was promoted to senior vice president of worldwide sales at Talend, a global leader in big data integration software, located in Redwood City, California.

Nichol Beckstrand, ’97 BSB, was featured by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal as an industry-leading female executive for her professional achievements as COO of Sunrise Banks, based in St. Paul.

Timothy Wegmann, ’97 BSB and ‘06 MBA, was recently promoted to vice president-controller of corporate accounting at TCF Bank, based in Wayzata, Minnesota.

Brent McVay, ’98 MBA, has been named an executive director at JPMorgan Chase & Company in Minneapolis. McVay works with middle market companies seeking senior lending opportunities.

John Soebbing, ’98 MBA, was recently named chief procurement officer for ScottTrade in St. Louis.

Nancy Dahl, ’99 Executive Program Graduate, has been named president and COO of Tastefully Simple in Alexandria, Minnesota. Dahl is tasked with optimizing the company’s strategic direction by implementing a new business model and selling strategy.


2000s

Nathan Bennett, ’00 BSB, was featured by Rep Magazine as one of the most successful financial advisors under 40. Bennett ranks 29th on the list of Top 50 NextGen IBD Advisors, and he currently has $226 million in assets under management. He is a partner at Summit Financial Group, LLC, in San Francisco.

Ruth Hetland, ’00 MBA, has been hired by Stoneridge Software in Minneapolis as a senior project manager.

Victoria Spadaro Grant, ’00 MBA, was promoted to chief R&D and quality officer at the Barilla Group, an Italian food and pasta manufacturer headquartered in Parma, Italy.

Jason Matz, ’01 BSB, received the Small Endowment Award in the 2015 Investment Management Awards by Institutional Investor Magazine. Matz is the chief investment officer at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota.

Luis Moreno, ’01 MBA, was named by Diversity MBA Magazine as a 2015 Top 100 Executive and Emerging Leader under 50 Years Old. Moreno is a senior marketing manager at Synchrony Financial in Minneapolis.

Michael Steinert, ’02 BSB, has been promoted to legal counsel for Advantus Capital Management, Inc. Advantus is a wealth management subsidiary of Securian Financial in St. Paul.

Trevor Bynum, ’03 MBA and former United States Army Captain, was recently named the president of Schwan’s Food Service in Marshall, Minnesota.

Alissa Montbriand, ’03 BSB and ’08 MBA, has been hired by Carlson in Minnetonka, Minnesota, as vice president of global integrated marketing communications.

Stacy Shaw, ’03 BSB, was promoted to partner at the Bloomington-based accounting firm Boyum and Barenscheer.

Jesse Tischer, ’03 MHA, received the American College of Healthcare Executives Regent’s Award as a result of his significant contributions to healthcare excellence through his role as COO at Sanford Health, based in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Eva Widder, ’03 BSB, has joined the University of Minnesota Foundation as a development officer for the Neurosciences Corridor. Widder leaves the College of Liberal Arts, where she secured more than $4 million in new gifts for scholarships, internships, graduate fellows, and faculty research.

Claudia Knowlton-Chike, ’04 MBA, has been named senior vice president of supply chain at Nexeo Solutions in Houston, Texas.

Alex Lee, ’04 BSB, was recently promoted to manager at Deloitte Consulting in Los Angeles.

Catherine Rydell, ’04 Executive Program Graduate, was featured in the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal as an industry-leading female executive for her professional achievements as CEO of the American Academy of Neurology in Minneapolis.

Bryan Benedict, ’05 MBA, has been named vice president at Minnesota Bank & Trust in Minneapolis.

Franco Castaldini, ’05 MBA, has been named the vice president of marketing at Bit Stew Systems, an information processing engine located in Minneapolis.

Brian Durmaskin, ’05 BSB, has been promoted to marketing manager for General Mills’ Snacks division in Minneapolis.

David Edgerton, ’05 MBA, has been promoted to ITS manager of manufacturing technology at Renewal by Anderson in Roseville, Minnesota.

Kirk Grandstrand, ’05 MBA, is vice president of finance and administration of Minneapolis-based design company Little.

Ryan Hoveland, ’05 BSB, has founded Apex Commercial Properties, a commercial real estate advisory and brokerage firm in St. Paul.

Justin Porter, ’05 BSB and ’11 MBA, has been named the vice president of operations at tech-startup and guest engagement platform Kipsu, based in Minneapolis.

Bethany Mammenga, ’05 BSB, was featured by Minnesota Business Magazine as one of Minnesota’s most promising entrepreneurs under the age of 35. Mammenga is the founder of BAM Essentials, a natural personal care products startup, based in St. Paul.

Tim Amundson, ’06 BSB, has been promoted to tax director of mergers and acquisitions at PwC in Minneapolis. Amundson started at PwC as a tax intern in 2007.

Ryan Broshar, ’06 BSB, was featured in an article titled “Igniting Startups” in Minnesota Business Magazine. Broshar is the founder of Matchstick, a Minneapolis-based venture capital firm. He also was awarded the 2015 Titans of Technology-Technology Advocate Award by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal. The award recognizes individuals for advancing and accelerating the performance of technology companies in the Twin Cities.

Joe Delgado, ’06 BSB, is a product director at Harken Health in Minneapolis.

Lars Leafblad, ’06 MBA, was recently featured by Twin Cities Business in an article titled, “Hiring a Nonprofit CEO.” Leafblad is one of two principals at Ballinger | Leafblad, a St. Paul search firm specializing in corporate hiring for the civic sector.

Megan Stone, ’06 BSB, won top honors in the Designer Dozen Awards by Visual Merchandising and Store Design Magazine for her interior design work at Mierva Canna Group Dispensary in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Penny Wheeler, ’06 Executive Program Graduate, was featured in the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal as one of several former physicians who have transformed hospital administration. Wheeler is currently the president and CEO of Allina Health in Minneapolis.

Tim Boe, ’07 MBA, has been hired by Informatica as a senior manager. Informatica is a leading license management service located in Redwood City, California.

Irene Fernando, ’07 BSB, was named a 2015 Bush Fellow. Bush fellows are recognized as individuals with extraordinary potential to make significant contributions to Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota.

Ryan French, ’07 MBA, was appointed to associate vice president of advancement at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul.

Carol Kitchen, ’07 MBA, has been named president and CEO of the agricultural cooperative, United Farmers of Alberta.

Katie Sexe, ’07 MHA, was featured by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal as an industry-leading female executive for her professional achievements as clinic administrator at Clinic Sofia in Edina, Minnesota.

Ally Delgado, ’08 BSB, is vice president of business development at the logo merchandising company Merchology.com in Minneapolis.

Tamara Fossey, ’08 BSB, has joined Wells Fargo in Minneapolis as a strategy consultant.

Josh Hackbarth, ’08 MBA, has been named vice president, head of global brand strategy and franchise development at DreamWorks Animation, headquartered in Glendale, California.

Maggie Manteuffel, ’08 BSB and ’13 MBA, was promoted to eBusiness marketing manager at Delta Dental of Wisconsin.

Scott Sailer, ’08 BSB, has become the director of marketing growth initiatives at Best Buy in Richfield, Minnesota.

Kari Severson, ’08 BSB, was featured by the Minnesota Business Magazine as one of Minnesota’s most promising entrepreneurs under the age of 35. Severson is the CEO of Walkway, an Eden Prairie, Minnesota, company that sells treadmill desks that allows users to remain productive while working out.

Daniel Abdul, ’09 MBA, was awarded the 2015 Titans in Technology Award for CIO/CTO by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal. Abdul serves as the current CIO of UCare Minnesota.

Leslie Bronk, ’09 MBA, was named vice president of operations and COO of Northwestern Health Sciences University in Bloomington, Minnesota.

Amber Hanson, ’09 BSB, has been hired by Amazon.com in Seattle as a senior financial analyst.

Erin Soletski, ’09 BSB, has co-founded Lashbee, an eyelash extension startup in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Adrian Suncar, ’09 BSB, has joined Christian Louboutin in New York City as a wholesale sales manager.

Sam Tashima, ’09 BSB, has joined Aon Risk Services in Detroit as a senior consultant and actuary team lead. Tashima is tasked with collaborating with the sales team to produce additional analytical data for the company.

Tim Weiske, ’09 BSB, has joined the Archdiocese of Chicago as director of strategic planning and implementation.


2010s

Rachael Adams, ’10 BSB, has joined Ekso Bionics, a medical device company located in Richmond, California, as regional sales manager.

Ranjan Banerjee, ’10 PhD, has been named the new dean at S.P. Jain Institute of Management & Research (SPJIMR) in Mumbai, India. SPJIMR is a one of the most highly ranked business schools in the Asia Pacific Region.

Nick Beste, ’10 BSB, recently received $1.5 million in financing for his company, Man Cave Meats, located in Minneapolis. Man Cave’s recent expansion was featured in the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal.

Jessica Forseth, ’10 BSB, is now a senior planner at Levi Strauss & Company in San Francisco.

Jeremy Huss, ’10 MBA, is now an HQ category development manager at Kimberly Clark in Neenah, Wisconsin.

Adam Link, ’10 BSB, sold his tech startup HiQ to Science, Inc., in 2014 and has now joined Science, Inc., in Minneapolis as a product/Android manager.

Rob McKay, ’10 MBT, was promoted to partner at Wipfli, LLP, in Minneapolis.

Richard Olson, ’10 MBA, was promoted to president and COO of The Toro Company in Bloomington, Minnesota.

Andrew Post, ’10 BSB, has left his role as the communications director for the United States House of Representatives to become a media relations specialist at the Charles Koch Institute in Arlington, Virginia.

Sam Shaw, ’10 BSB, has been promoted to vice president at Citizens Capital Markets in Boston.

Thompson Aderinkomi, ’11 MBA, was featured by Minnesota Business Magazine as one of Minnesota’s most promising entrepreneurs under the age of 35. Aderinkomi is the founder of RetraceHealth, a home medical care startup based in Minneapolis.

Jack Finnegan, ’11 BSB, is now a business analyst at professional services firm Towers Watson in Minneapolis.

Angela Heikes, ’11 Executive Program Graduate, was featured by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal as an industry-leading female executive for her professional achievements as executive vice president of SMSC Gaming, owners of Mystic Lake Casino in Prior Lake, Minnesota.

Katie Huss, ’11 MA-HRIR, is now an HR business partner at Kimberly Clark in Neenah, Wisconsin.

Dustin Leszcynski, ’11 MA-HRIR, was named a senior recruiting manager at Wayfair in Boston.

Joy McBrien, ’11 BSB, was featured by Minnesota Business Magazine as one of Minnesota’s most promising entrepreneurs under the age of 35. McBrien is the CEO and founder of Fair Anita, a personal accessory and jewelry company in St. Paul.

Madeline O’Neil, ’11 BSB, was hired as a strategic project manager of the Retail Partners group at Wayfair in Boston.

Tyler Paaverud, ’11 BSB, joined Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, as a project manager of strategic development.

Colin Percy, ’11 BSB, joined OnPrem Solution Partners in Los Angeles as a senior consultant.

Ryan Rosenthal, ’11 BSB, founded local food startup SIMPLS in Minneapolis.

Grant Severson, ’11 BSB, was featured by Minnesota Business Magazine as one of Minnesota’s most promising entrepreneurs under the age of 35. Severson is the founder of Pazta Pizza, a maker of specialty frozen pizzas, headquartered in St. Louis Park, Minnesota.

Asha Sharma, ’11 BSB, was recently featured in the Minneapolis Star Tribune’s Sunday Conversation column. Sharma detailed her career at Microsoft and her new role as the COO of Porch.com, a startup online home services portal, based in Seattle.

Sammy Sites, ’11 BSB, has joined RentCollegePads.com in Milwaukee as director of market development.

Jessica Bauer, ’12 BSB, is a buyer and inventory analyst at Dakota Electric Association in Farmington, Minnesota.

Linda Chhieng, ’12 BSB, has been promoted to senior analyst—insights and analytics at Neo@Ogilvy, a New York City global media agency.

Tanner Coyle, ’12 BSB, is an equity analyst at M.D. Sass in New York City.

Matthew Hilker, ’12 MBA, was featured by Minnesota Business Magazine as one of Minnesota’s most promising entrepreneurs under the age of 35. Hilker is the co-founder of Altrulytics, an information services company located in Minneapolis.

Megan Lampman, ’12 BSB, has recently joined retail consulting firm JL Buchanan, Inc., in Minneapolis, as a merchandise coordinator.

Tyler Lindwall, ’12 BSB, has been hired as a senior analyst of corporate development at Vista Outdoor, Inc., in Anoka, Minnesota.

Anant Patel, ’12 BSB, is now a product specialist at UnitedHealth Group in Austin, Texas.

Max Robinson, ’12 BSB, is now a senior business analyst and innovation consultant at UnitedHealth Group in Minnetonka, Minnesota.

Clare Simonis, ’12 BSB, has joined Fresenius Medical Care in Austin, Texas, as a corporate development associate.

Yu Wang, ’12 BSB, has been named a senior associate of risk assurance services at PwC in Philadelphia.

Deepak Janardan, ’13 BSB, has been named an associate at H.I.G. Capital, a Boston-based private equity firm.

Payton Larson, ’13 BSB, has been hired as an analyst in Goldman Sach’s Real Estate Investment Group in New York City.

Matt Stang, ’13 BSB, Joe Hau, ’13 BSB, and Mike Hau, ’15 BSB, were recently featured in the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal for the founding of Swannies, a casual golf sandal company, based in Minneapolis. Swannies just ended a $20,000 Kickstarter campaign and is now shipping orders.

Robert Vaupel, ’13 BSB, joined CliftonLarsonAllen in Minneapolis in manufacturing and distribution.

Kanchan Garg, ’14 MBA, was recently hired by Tyson Foods in Chicago as an assistant brand manager.

Ben Bauch, ’14 BSB, has founded the Minneapolis chapter of the November Project, a high-intensity workout club. Bauch’s enthusiasm and hand in the growth of the November Project was featured in the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Alexandra Feeken, ’14 BSB, and Nadya Nguyen, ’14 BSB, were featured by Minnesota Business Magazine as two of Minnesota’s most promising entrepreneurs under the age of 35. Together the duo co-founded Hidrate, a Minneapolis startup technology company that produces smart water bottles.

Benjamin Hohl, ’14 BSB, was featured by Minnesota Business Magazine as one of Minnesota’s most promising entrepreneurs under the age of 35. Hohl is a co-founder at SparkStarter, a social media and online dating platform, based in Minneapolis.

Nate Karnitz, ’14 MBA, was featured in the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal for his hand in starting Lawless Distillery in Minneapolis. Karnitz is a financial consultant in a pharmaceuticals strategies group by day, and a small business owner and distiller by night.

Bryan Vincent, ’14 MBA, has joined the board of directors at the Minnesota Interactive Marketing Association in St. Paul.

Elizabeth Benz, ’15 MBA, has joined computer software company Field Nation in Minneapolis as executive vice president of sales, SaaS, and emerging markets.

Jay Gupta, ’15 MBA, is managing director of Alaska Airlines, based in Anchorage.

David O’Neill, ’15 BSB, and Gunnar Scharf, ’15 BSB, are two of the co-founders of Northern Ciderworks, based in Minneapolis. The hard cider company was developed from the group’s senior capstone project. Its premier cider, Lionheart, can be found in five liquor stores across the Twin Cities.


Other

Mike Zechmeister, ’89 BSB, and wife, Jennifer, welcomed Jacob Zechmeister into the world on June 3.

Joe Curry, ’03 BSB, is celebrating the birth of his son, Henry.

Alex Lee, ’04 BSB, was married to his wife, Denise, in July 2015.

Jeff Debele, ’12 BSB, and Pam Dahlman, ’11 BS, were married in March 2015.


In Memoriam

David Miller, ’80 MBA, passed away in November 2014.

Jaime Walters, ’13 BSB, passed away in July 2015.


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