The (Real) Power 50 of 2017

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About the list
The members of The (Real) Power 50 are the linchpins in their company. The connectors in their industry. The heart of the operation. The people who make things happen. The remarkable players in the Minnesota business community with a knack for getting things done — and being helpful along the way.
How it's created
To create this list, we select people we trust to be nominators, people who understand what The (Real) Power 50 means — the Alumni! We also scan the state’s business community, asking our trusted partners and business leaders to identify the movers and shakers who have impressed them in the last year. And thus, the list of 50 come to be. Click here to see last year's list.
About the event
Members of the 2017 (Real) Power 50 will be honored at an awards gala with a night of drinks, dinner, and celebration. Each honoree will also listed in the May 2017 issue of Minnesota Business magazine.

View the 2017 (Real) Power 50 press release here


The (Real) Power 50 of 2017 Winners

Announced February 10th:

Tawanna Black, Executive Director, Northside Funders Group

Douglas Carnival, Shareholder, McGrann Shea Carnival Straughn & Lamb, Chartered

Lisa David, Partner, eCapital Advisors

Erik Forsberg, Proprietor, Devil's AdvocateErik the Red Dan Kelly's

Karin Gessner, CEO, Radia

Kelly Miyamoto, Co-owner, The Firm

Kate Mortenson, President & CEO, 2019 Minneapolis Final Four® Local Organizing Committee

Sahra Noor, CEO, People's Center Health Services

Jill Renslow, Senior Vice President of Business Development and Marketing, Mall of America

Jana Shortal, Reporter, KARE11

Announced February 9th:

Omar Akbar, Managing Director, Aperion Management

Lisa Lamm Bachman, Managing Partner, Minneapolis, Foley & Mansfield

Natasha Fedorova, Program Director, Women's Business Development Center

Lisa Lavin, Founder & CEO, Anser Innovation

Susan Link, Attorney, Maslon LLP

Allison O'Toole, CEO, MNsure

Dr. Sheila Riggs, Chair of Department of Primary Dental Care, University of Minnesota School of Dentistry

Sirish Samba, President & CEO, Sambatek Inc.

John Taylor, Director of Supplier Diversity, Medtronic

Nicki Vincent, Executive Director, ACG Minnesota

Announced February 8th:

Alan Arthur, President & CEO, Aeon

TJ Bonnett, CEO & Owner, LimPro Metal Fabrication

John Hoffman, Regional Managing Director, Principal Financial Group

Fatima Hussein, Founder & CEO, Asiya

Margaret Anderson Kelliher, CEO, President & Executive Director, MHTA

Nancy Lyons, Founder & CEO, Clockwork

Ravi Norman, CEO, Thor Construction

Jennifer Smith, CEO, Innovative Office Solutions

Don Smithmier, Founder & CEO, The Big Know

Phil Xiao, CEO, Homi

Announced February 7th:

Siyad Abdullahi, CEO, The Language Banc

Gary Cunningham, President & CEO, MEDA

Melissa DeLay, Owner, TruPerception

Maria Huntley, Executive Vice President, Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians

Ezell Jones, VP Business Development, CBIZ / U of M Foundation

Brooke Lee, CEO, Anchor Paper Company

Odeh Muhawesh, CEO & Chairman, TruScribe

Announced on February 6th:

Gloria Freeman, CEO, Olu's Home Inc. / Olu's Center

Dustin Huibregtse, Director & Consultant, TEDxMinneapolis / Deloitte

Nasser Mussa, Financial Services Coordinator, Community Action Partnership of Ramsey and Washington Counties

Roshini Rajkumar, Founder, Roshini Performance Group

Reed Robinson, Co-Founder, Beta.MN

Jasmine Russell, Founder, Monicat Data

Mike Rynchek, CEO, Spyder Trap

Thomas Sagissor, President, RBC Wealth Management

Marshall Saunders, Managing Partner, Saunders/Dailey Community Real Estate Investments

Marty Weintraub, Founder, Aimclear