The TCB 100

Who are the people on your must-meet list next year? The TCB 100 spotlights the business giants, the leaders with tons of potential and the up-and-comers to watch in 2015.

by Adam Platt, Andre Eggert, Burl Gilyard, Don Jacobson, Gene Rebeck, Liz Fedor , Phil Bolsta, and Stephen Montemayor

November 14, 2014

It’s been a mixed year: Productivity is at a near-record high, unemployment is low. But finding qualified labor is getting tougher and tougher, and spending remains modest. With these kinds of challenges, it’s important to know who’s got the insight, experience and smarts that you’ll want to seek out in the year ahead, whether you meet with them in person or learn by their example.

It is with this in mind that the editors of Twin Cities Business present the 100 People to Know in 2015, or, as we like to call it, the TCB 100, for the year ahead. While many of them lead major organizations and are influential for other reasons, they are not listed here for that reason alone. Rather, they’re included because of how they have overcome—or are facing, with courage, creativity and gusto—major challenges, while using their influence to help grow Minnesota’s economy, and support and even boost its social and cultural attributes.

From those at the top of their industry nationally to “hopefuls” who have yet to knock it out of the park as much as we think they will, you’ll find the people to know here.

Follow this link to read about the 2014 TCB Person of the Year, Mayo Clinic CEO and President John Noseworthy.


These individuals are No. 1 at their game, each the leading all-star within his or her industry or profession nationally and in some cases, internationally.

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Behind The Scenes

If it weren’t for these individuals, the leaders and companies they work for would be nowhere near as successful as they have been.

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These individuals hold positions of considerable power; we’re waiting to see how well they’ll use their influence to effect positive results and, ideally, exceed expectations.

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While there are lists and lists of leaders ranked by company size, industry type and more, the following people are leading, or have led successfully, through extremely challenging times.

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Next-Gen Leaders

Individuals who are leading organizations and causes to help improve the world that we, as well as future generations, will live in.

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Entrepreneurs and successful up-and-comers who already have proven to be enterprising leaders.

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