The 2013 Black Book

A list of 100 people to help you thrive in 2013, selected from Twin Cities Business’ coveted source files.

November 21, 2012

Finally, we can move forward with our businesses and personal lives, in ways we’ve refrained from doing these past four years because of economic uncertainty here and abroad. As the dust settles from the November elections, with hopes that the “fiscal cliff” can be averted and the European fiscal crisis will subside, 2013 may be the breakthrough year many of us have been waiting for.

For those who want not only to succeed but thrive in the year ahead, we offer up 100 of Twin Cities Business’ most coveted resources in this year’s Black Book. They’re the individuals to know about and, if possible, get to know if you’re seriously pursuing new and more expansive goals in the months ahead. They include the heads of human resources departments actively hiring right now, and individuals who are growing early stage businesses or forming major conglomerates hungry for seasoned leadership talent. Looking for the next great career opportunity? Try networking with these folks.

For others, “personal time” has taken a beating during the last four years, and it’s time to reorientate priorities without taking up too much time figuring out how. Our list of home improvement, clothing and fashion, personal training, and even skin care experts are a quick and easy resource.

We offer a range of other business and community leaders, from the best attorneys and college planners, to the “gatekeepers” who control what you read, hear, and watch about business matters in our local media.

And of course, we provide the list of individuals who epitomize leadership, Twin Cities–style. These captains of industry quietly serve on numerous boards of directors and help finesse major civic projects and economic development initiatives. They also help, if not spearhead, financing efforts for local charities and in some instances, political campaigns, while mentoring who they hope will become the next generation of “influentials.”

All of our Black Book listings are about uniquely interesting, intelligent, and accomplished leaders who are influential not only because of the positions they hold and challenges they have overcome, but because of the networks they connect with and support. They also share an understanding of how important it is to help others succeeed as well. And for the most part, they’re eternal optimists who, like us, see the year ahead as one that promises great opportunity.

The complete Black Book list is available to the right; click the links below to view the list broken down by category.

Professional Opportunities

Emerging leaders, heads of HR departments actively hiring, and individuals who are growing early-stage businesses or forming entrepreneurial conglomerates.

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The best talent in home improvement, clothing and fashion, personal training, and even skin care.

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Good To Know

Individuals who, for a variety of reasons, are simply good to know.

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Gatekeepers / Shapers Of Public Opinion

The media “gatekeepers” who control what your read, hear, and watch about business issues.

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Accomplished captains of industry who give tirelessly to their businesses and to the community.

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Government & Public Policy

The best people to help you navigate through regulatory and government requirements.

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The Complete List

Agin Schmidt, Carolyn
Akradi, Bahram
Almeida, Cristine
Alt, Tim
Anbar, Hadi
Anselmo, Mick
Bagley, Lester
Baker Jr., Douglas
Benson, Angela
Bignall, Alan
Bonner, Teresa
Brainerd, Mary
Burbach, Mike
Busch, Angela
Campbell, James
Carlson Nelson, Marilyn
Carter, Adam
Catlin, Bill
Chugg, Juliana
Clark, Chris
Clonts, Chris
Collins, Rick
Cook, Judy
Copman, Mark
Dallman, Bill
Davis, Marty
Davis, Richard
Denny Jr., Charles
Derheim, Mike
Dolan, James
Douglas, Paul
Elliott, Eric
Erotas, David
Fisher, Linda
Frauenshuh, David
Freed, Gwendolyn
Gilbert Newrai, Julie
Gillespie, Scott
Grindal, Ted
Heim, Chris
Helmke, Jane
Herman, John
Hogan, Randall
Hoppe, Joe
Hubbard, Rob
Hubbard, Stanley
Hudson, Bill
Ibach, Shelly
Kading, Bruce
Kaplan, Seth
Klein, Russell
Klein, Desta
Klobuchar, Amy
Knapp, John
Kraemer, Gary
Kramer, Joel
Krumrich, Paul
Leafblad, Lars
Lindahl, John
Luse, Suzanne
Lynn, Kari
Mason, John
Mathis, Marty
Meyer, Michael
Mondale, Ted
Morrison, John
Narula, Vikas
Opperman, Vance
O’Reilly, Terry
Paulsen, Erik
Pedersen, Brad
Penfield, Lucy
Perlich, Mary
Peschel Swan, Andrea
Peterson, Jeff
Pierach, Jörg
Powell, Kendall
Pratt, Jon
Ramsey Engler, Laura
Remele Jr., Lewis
Remes, John
Rhodes, Carleen
Ritacco, Craig
Roberts, Phil
Rogers, Sara
Rosen, Julie
Rubin, Lisa
Schafer, Lee
Scherven, Patricia
Schiff, Gary
Smith, Sally
Smithmier, Don
Soran, Phil
Stebleton, Todd
Stinson, Charles
Stone, Todd
Streeter, Steven
Sweere, Lori
Taylor, Glen
Tolbert, Chris
Villaume, Philip
Webb, Rick
Weis, Shirley
Whitney, Wheelock
Wichmann, David
Wieffering, Eric
Wilke, Robert
Wine, Scott
Worthington, Chris
Zabel, Laura

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