Business People: Sunday, June 10

ADVERTISING/PUBLIC RELATIONS

Bain & Co. has agreed to acquire FRWD, a Minneapolis-based digital marketing agency.

ARCHITECTURE/ENGINEERING

American Engineering Testing, St. Paul, announced the promotion of Mike Hultgren to environmental engineering manager.

EDUCATION

Jake Cavanaugh, science teacher at West Education Center in Intermediate District 287, Plymouth, was recognized for being awarded a full tuition scholarship from Capella University to receive his Master’s of Education through an alternative, flexible higher education pathway meant for educators.

ENERGY

Avalon Oil and Gas, Minneapolis, announced a corporate name change to Groove Botanicals Inc. The company’s new ticker symbol is GRVE. … Xcel Energy, Minneapolis, and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board received the Clean Energy State Alliance’s “State Leadership in Clean Energy” award for bringing solar power to five Minneapolis parks over the last three years.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

Peter Diessner has been hired as director of Kraus-Anderson Financial Services Group, Minneapolis. … WESTconsin Credit Union announced that Stephanie Rasmussen has been hired as chief experience officer, working from the Menomonie, Wis., east administration office.

HEALTH CARE

The Health Enhancement Research Organization, Waconia, announced that Mary Imboden has been hired as the organization’s membership manager and research associate. She replaces retiring membership manager Marlene Abels. … The Minnesota Dental Association announced the following award winners: President’s Award: Dr. Alejandro Aguirre; Outstanding Service Award: Dr. Michael Kurkowski; Humanitarian Service Award: Dr. John Lueth; New Dentist Leadership Award: Dr. Jeffrey Remakel; Guest of Honor Award: Dr. James Zenk.

HONORS

The YWCA Minneapolis Circle of Women committee selected Kim Nelson, retiring senior vice president of external relations at General Mills, Golden Valley, for its inaugural “Woman of Power” award. … U.S. Water‘s Minnesota facilities in Cambridge and Plymouth were recognized for excellence in workplace safety and health in the 2017 Governor’s Safety Awards. … IDG, a content and community resource for information technology executives and leaders, has named St. Paul-based Securian Financial one of its 2018 CIO 100 award winners. … Meda, a Minneapolis nonprofit dedicated to helping minority entrepreneurs, will recognize the following organizations during its 47th annual meeting: Entrepreneur of the Year: Gloria Freeman, Olu’s Home; Corporation of the Year: Minneapolis CPA and advisory firm Lurie LLP; Community Partner of the Year: Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest; Corporate Volunteer of the Year: Fredrikson & Byron law firm.

LAW

Moss & Barnett, Minneapolis, announced that Katie P. Pivec has joined the firm’s real estate and infrastructure teams. … Fredrikson & Byron, Minneapolis, was awarded the eighth annual Amicus Curiae Award from the First Judicial District. The Amicus Curiae Award, meaning friend of the court, is a recognition of persons who have contributed to assist the courts.

LUMBER

U.S. Lumber Group announced its acquisition of Midwest Lumber, Stillwater.

MANUFACTURING

Smith Foundry Co., Minneapolis, announced the addition of Robert Brown to its management team. … National Presto Industries, an Eau Claire, Wis.-based maker of electronic cookware and other diversified products, re-elected President Maryjo Cohen to a three-year term as director, and company secretary Douglas J. Frederick to the additional position of vice president. … Diversified Plastics, Brooklyn Park, has hired Raymond Schenk as senior sales engineer, Aliza Alverson, sales engineer, and Darrick Van Horne as technical support and sales engineer.

MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY

Biothera Pharmaceuticals, Eagan, announced the appointment of Andrew D.C. LaFrence as senior vice president and chief financial officer. … NeuroOne Medical Technologies Corp., Eden Prairie, announced the appointment of Dr. Joseph Madsen to the company’s scientific advisory board.

NONPROFITS

The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, Center City, has tapped an Chicago fundraising executive Moira A. McGinley as chief development officer.

RESTAURANTS

Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers is planning a location at 13001 Round Lake Blvd. NW, Coon Rapids.

RETAIL

Simon Property Group has named Sarah Dorrian Smith as area director of marketing for Twin Cities Premium Outlets, Eagan, and Albertville Premium Outlets, Albertville. … Target Corp., Minneapolis, named William J. Foudy Jr. as president, Target Sourcing Services. … Gander Outdoors, formerly known as Gander Mountain, is opening a location at 12160 Technology Drive in Eden Prairie. … Minneapolis-based eyeglass retailer Eyebobs announced plans to open locations at Mall of America in Bloomington and Orlando’s Florida Mall.

SERVICES

Skyline Exhibits, an Eagan-based trade show marketing company, announced that Brian Falati has been named manager of its Regional Service Center in Las Vegas. … Plus Relocation , a St. Louis Park-based business relocation service, announced the first-ever recipients of its Plus Partner Awards: In Their Shoes Award: SuiteAmerica; Employee Experience Award: Chamness Worldwide; Innovation Award: ReloQuest; Plus Values Award: Arpin International; Deliver Delight Award: National Corporate Housing. … U-Haul Co. of Minnesota announced that BP at 16315 Hwy. 65 NE, Ham Lake, has signed on as a U-Haul neighborhood dealer.

TECHNOLOGY

Electronics manufacturing services company Logic PD, Eden Prairie, announced that it has been acquired by Compass Group Equity Partners, a private equity firm based in St. Louis. … Image Sensing Systems, a St. Paul-based provider of traffic-monitoring technology, announced that Andrew Markese has been appointed vice president of global sales and marketing.

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