Business People, Sunday, Nov. 21 – Twin Cities

 Business People, Sunday, Nov.  21 - Twin Cities




Businessman and TV personality Daymond John and the NAACP, in conjunction with Black Entrepreneurs Day presented by Chase for Business, announced a $25,000 grant to Sole Safe, a St. Paul-based insurance company for collectors of valuable sneakers, owned by Phil Terrill. The grant was provided by The General insurance company. … The Minnesota Council of Nonprofits announced the following 2021 Minnesota Nonprofit Mission Awards: Innovation Award: The Family Partnership; Advocacy Award: League of Women Voters Minnesota, and Anti-Racism Initiative Award: YWCA St. Paul.

Story Highlights

  • Proterra Investment Partners, a Minneapolis private equity firm, announced that David Dines will be joining as a strategic adviser. Dines recently retired as Cargill‘s chief financial officer. … Securian Financial, St. Paul, announced it has hired Renee Montz as senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary. She previously was with American Equity Investment Life Holding Co., a retirement income provider in Des Moines, Iowa. … Alerus Financial Corp., a North Dakota-based diversified financial services company with Twin Cities operations, announced the additions of Janet O. Estep, Jill E. Schurtz and Mary E. Zimmer to its board of directors. Estep is retired CEO of Nacha; Schurtz is the CEO and chief investment officer of the St. Paul Teachers’ Retirement Fund Association, and Zimmer most recently served as regional president for Wells Fargo Advisors‘ wealth management business.

  • Chetan Ganatra has been selected as Ramsey County’s chief information officer, effective Dec. 1.Since 2018, he has served as deputy chief business technology officer at Minnesota IT Services. … Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon announced the appointments of Government Relations Director Nicole Freeman and Voter Outreach Director Simone Frierson.

SiebenCarey, Minneapolis, announced that President James Carey was elected to the board of directors of the American College of Trial Lawyers, where Carey has been a fellow since 2014. … Spencer Fane announced that Ariel Lierz has joined the Litigation and Dispute Resolution Practice Group as an associate in the firm’s Minneapolis office. … Larkin Hoffman, Minneapolis, announced that shareholder Bryan Huntington has received the Real Property Specialist Certification from the Minnesota State Bar Association. … Fredrikson & Byron, Minneapolis, announced that attorney William S. Forsberg has joined the firm in its Trusts & Estates Group.


Bloomington-based integrated marketing and communications agency Tunheim announced that David Erickson has been promoted to director of Integrated Digital and Social Media. MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY

Medtronic, an Ireland-based maker of implantable cardiac devices and other medical products, announced it has promoted Amy Jo Meyer to vice president of corporate communications, based at the company’s executive offices in Fridley. NONPROFITS

The Sheltering Arms Foundation, a Minneapolis organization that funds nonprofits to benefit Minnesota families and children, announced the following new members to its board of trustees: Sarah Elizabeth Babbitt, St. Paul; Joan Gudorf, Edina; Ifeyinwa Ikegwuani, Brooklyn Park; Kathy Schweikart, Minneapolis, and Lisa Westberg, North Mankato. Newly elected board president is Andrea Larson, Minneapolis, who leads global corporate responsibility operations for Cargill. OPENINGS

The St. Paul Parks Conservancy, a support organization working with the city’s Department of Parks and Recreation, announced the following new board members: Inez Bergquist, Dana Bruce, Lee Ann LaBore and Deb Schaber. SERVICES

RECREATION Raising Cane’s, a Louisiana-based chicken restaurant chain, announced the opening of a location at 3000 Snelling Ave., near East Lake Street, Minneapolis.