Business people: Sunday, Feb. 21

CONSTRUCTION

Adolfson & Peterson Construction, a Golden Valley-based construction management firm and general contractor, has named Ben Saukko director of communications.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

Accounting firm Abdo, Eick & Meyers, Mankato, announced the promotion of Wendy Keenan to partner. … The Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards announced that Douglas S. King, president and CEO of Oakwood Capital Advisors, St. Louis Park, has assumed the role of chairman of its board of directors.

HEALTH CARE

Bloomington-based HealthPartners, a health insurer and operator of hospitals and clinics, announced that it has named DeLinda Washington as senior vice president and chief people officer.

HONORS

Delta Dental of Minnesota, Minneapolis, announced its recognition as one of three regional employers to receive Inclusive Workforce Employer Designation by the Regional Workforce Alliance of Northwest Minnesota. … Celarity, a Bloomington-based staffing agency for the marketing, creative and digital industries, announced it has received a Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Award in the U.S. small- and medium-company category, recognizing the Best Places to Work in 2021. … Starkey, an Eden Prairie developer and maker of hearing aids, announced that its Livio Edge AI line has won a Good Design Award, from the global design and manufacturing industry.

LAW

Stellpflug Law, Minneapolis, announced that Elizabeth J. Roff has joined the firm as a partner. … Henson Efron, Minneapolis, announced that attorneys Anne Haaland and Scott Emery were elected the firm’s newest shareholders. … Fredrikson & Byron, Minneapolis, announced that attorney Zhu “June” Cheng was named a member of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity 2021 class of Fellows, and attorney Aleida Ortega Conners was named a member of the LCLD 2021 class of Pathfinders, training diverse, high-potential attorneys, with less than eight years of practice, in career development strategies.

NONPROFITS

Accra, a Minnetonka-based organization that provides home care services to people with disabilities, has named the following board members: Mark Heston, chairperson, succeeding Bob Gordon, who is retiring from the board. Heston is the founder and CEO of Heston and Associates, a management consulting firm; also elected were Robin Brown, CIO for Cargill Protein North America, and Mike Neill, chief technology officer of C.H. Robinson.

ORGANIZATIONS

Housing First Minnesota, an advocacy group for Minnesota’s home building industry, announced its board for 2021: President: Todd Polifka, Custom One Homes; Builder Vice President: James Julkowski, Julkowski Inc.; Associate Vice President: Ryan Rutzick, All Inc.; Past Associate Vice President: Ed Engelbrecht, Pella Windows & Doors; Secretary: Sunny Bowman, Dakota County Lumber Co.; Treasurer: John Quinlivan, Gordon James Construction; Immediate Past President: Gary Kraemer, John Kraemer & Sons. … The Medical Alley Association, a trade group for the Minnesota medical technology industry, announced that Shaye Mandle, who served as the association’s president and CEO since 2014, will join the Biotechnology Innovation Organization as the
chief operating officer in Washington, D.C. Medical Alley will be conducting a national search to select Mandle’s successor. … Paula Sliefert, senior marketing manager at lawn-care equipment manufacturer the Toro Co., Bloomington, was named commercial director on the board of the Sports Turf Managers Association, an organization for professionals who manage sports fields.

PUBLIC SERVICE

Former Richfield Fire Chief Wayne Kewitsch has been named executive director of the Minnesota Firefighter Initiative, an organization assisting Minnesota’s firefighters with three commonly experienced health problems: cancer, cardiac and emotional trauma.

SPONSORSHIPS

Allianz SE, Germany-based parent company of Allianz Life Insurance Co. of North America, Golden Valley, announced its and its affiliates’ eight-year partnership with the Olympic and Paralympic Movements, building on a collaboration with the Paralympic Movement that began in 2006.

TECHNOLOGY

Capturelife, a Bloomington-based photography technology company, announced has been acquired by Alpine Software Group.

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