Features Region: Midwest

Damon Schramm – Bite Squad

Merrill Lynch is bullish on America. So is Bite Squad, but primarily on Middle America—the large towns and smaller cities that don’t so often appear on the radar screens of its bigger competitors. Hence a land of opportunity for a still-young company that’s filling the niche of delivering freshly cooked restaurant meals to customers who […]

Michael Guidry – Cold Spring Brewing Co.

So what came first, the beer or the can? The beer, of course, but without the can it’s not going far, kegs of any size being unwieldly in the grocery store. And as far as bottles go, customers and shippers prefer cans, because chilled aluminum keeps the suds cold and they’re easier to transport. But […]

Unified Ag Solutions

Roger Nesbitt tried, really tried, to retire, but he just couldn’t do it. “I was bored to death,” he recalls. It was only a few weeks before the stir-craziness got to be too much and he just had to get back to work. Simply put, “I was looking for a new venture to get into, […]

Advanced Wealth Management Group

In the run-up to last Thanksgiving, the several hundred clients of Minneapolis-based Advanced Wealth Management Group (AWMG) got greeting cards from the firm they’ve long entrusted to guide their financial futures and plan their retirements. Only the cards were about more than just the usual good wishes. Recipients were given the choice of designating one […]

Kenneth and Lori Heise – Heise Advisory Group

A one-time construction engineer turned financial adviser, Kenneth Heise sees similarities between the two seemingly dissimilar professions. “We now talk about building a fiscal house as opposed to building a physical structure,” says the founder and president of the St. Louis-based independent retirement planning firm Heise Advisory Group. “It’s a similar thought process, helping to […]

Don Fuller – Culligan by WaterCo

A changing culture has largely rendered archaic that old jingle of yesteryear, “Hey, Culligan Man!” giving way to something less gender-defined. But the good-natured fellow who’s owner and boss of, at last count, 37 of the water-treatment products company’s franchises, may still hear the original line from folks of sufficient longevity, and he’s more than […]

Todd Hurley – City of St. Paul

To most driving by, the 125-acre plot along St. Paul’s Mississippi River banks looks like nothing more than a blank earthen canvas—the hole where a beating, pumping Ford plant used to be. Todd Hurley sees the masterpiece to come, and the heart of a 21st century community years in the making. He sees the potential […]

Carl Kernodle – Hyatt

When the Hyatt chain opened one of its newest resorts near the Caribbean paradise of Cancun on Mexico’s eastern shore, Carl Kernodle, vice president of planning and design, practiced his own method of quality assessment. “I walk the property and talk to the people, asking them where they’re from, how they’re enjoying their vacation and […]

Martin Matson — Milwaukee, WI

Martin Matson, Milwaukee’s Chief Financial Officer, first knew he had a knack for numbers when he found himself stationed—quite by accident—behind the cash register at an annual church fair. He had volunteered for a few summers, but at age 12, this was his first foray into handling other people’s money. “I discovered that I was […]

Alex Liberman – Medline Industries Inc.

It’s hard to imagine that Medline, a company that earns almost $9 billion in annual revenue and is the largest privately held manufacturer and distributor of healthcare supplies in the U.S., could have an underdog mentality. But Medline has held on to the conservative, detail-oriented ethos that helped it grow from a small manufacturer of […]

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