The (Real) Power 50 of 2014

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Criteria for the list

How did we decide who should be on the list? First, we selected some of the most impressive people we know to be nominators, asking them to suggest individuals who have impressed them in the past year or so. We also scanned the Minnesota business community, identifying the movers and shakers we knew should be on the list. We then thoroughly evaluated and reference-checked each potential nominee. The (Real) Power 50 for 2014 is the result.


Professional futurist Cecily Sommers guided the April 24 gathering of movers and shakers in Minnesota’s business community. To learn more about her, click here

The List

Andrea Christenson, Vice President, Cassidy Turley
Darin Lynch, CEO, Irish Titan
David Annis, Head of Production, Zeus Jones
Elizabeth Kessler, Engagement Manager, McKinsey & Company
Jatin Setia, Executive Director, Twin Cities Film Fest
Katie Clark Sieben, Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development
Steve Cramer, CEO, Minneapolis Downtown Council
John Montague, Managing Partner, 40 Ventures/Aspire Beverage Company
Michael Gorman, Managing Director, Split Rock Partners
Rick Polk, President, WhiteBoard Product Solutions
James Loffler, Director of Sales, Loffler 
Arleen Sullivan, Business Banking Market President, Anchor Bank
Brian Mallaro, Partner, Deloitte
Cathy Paper, President, Rock Paper Star
John Stavig, Director, Gary S. Holmes Center for Entrepreneurship 
Jonathan Weinhagen, Regional Director, St. Paul Area Chamber of Commerce
Maureen Bausch, Executive Vice President Business Development, Mall of America
Rajiv Shah, CEO, MyMeds
Stuart Ackerberg, CEO, The Ackerberg Group
Tom Kieffer, CEO, Virteva
Chico Ford
, Territory Finance Director, Best Buy
Dan Ferrise, CEO, Miller Manufacturing Company
David Buelow, Partner, Koepke | Buelow 
David Stillman, Director, Free the Children
Jeff Stoebner, President and CEO, AVI Systems 
Jim Wolford, CEO, Atomic Data
Alyssa Kreutzfeldt, Associate Managing Director, Principal Financial Group
Kristy Saum, Attorney, Messerli & Kramer
Nora Purmort, Senior Manager Social Media, Lifetime Fitness
Tom Ahonen, Managing Partner, Platinum Group
Aaron Eggert, Principal, iSpace
Brandon Maves, Partner, McGladrey
Dee Thibodeau, CEO, Charter Solutions
Ed Heil, Owner/President, StoryTeller Media and Communications
Kimberly Lowe, Partner, Fredrikson & Byron
John Wood, Senior Vice President, Mortenson Construction
Chris Guertin, President, Sport Resource Group
Dan Cramer, Co-Founder, Grassroots Solutions
Eric LeBow, President, Spanlink
Rich Anderson, CEO, ImagineIT
Carson Kipfer, Co-Founder & Chief Evangelist, Sport Ngin
Lori Wiese-Parks, Principal, Gray Plant Mooty
Justin Kaufenberg, Co-Founder & CEO, Sport Ngin
Elizabeth Patty, Senior Director of Development, Children's Health at University of Minnesota Foundation
Steve Lepinski, Executive Director, Washburn Center for Children
Marcia Ballinger, Principal, KeyStone Search
Kieran Folliard, Founder, 2 Gingers Irish Whiskey
Björn Stansvik,  CEO, MentorMate
Jim Redpath, Managing Partner, HLB Tautges Redpath
Marty Nanne, President, The KNW Group