Influential People from Minnesota

Laura Boyd

She’s the president at the PR and branding firm LaBreche, Laura Boyd has been front and center of a growing company. She was director of marketing and business development for accounting firm Froehling Anderson and the chief marketing officer at LarsonAllen, a national accounting firm.

Ryan BurnetRyan Burnet

With years of success in the hospitality business the 30-year-old Ryan Burnett is a hot prospect. He’s partnered with his fatherto complete two of downtown Minneapolis’ top hotel projects. He’s already ranked in the top one percent of Realtors nationwide and specializes in top-tier properties.


Ann Cathcart ChaplinAnn Cathcart Chaplin

Need a lawyer? Well Ann Cathcart Chaplin is the person you want. She has been the managing principal of Minneapolis’ Fish & Richardson and is the youngest woman to lead a major Minneapolis law firm.



Andrew DauskaAndrew Dauska

He has been recently named head of Carmichael Lynch’s account-management unit and oversees the agency’s account for Subaru. He led the development of the carmaker’s “Love” campaign and will no doubt have a new high profile campaign coming soon.

John Hinz

John Hinz has worked at Buffalo Wild Wings Inc. (BWW) for more than a decade, during which time he’s helped the restaurant chain grow from 48 locations to more than 650. Is there anything that needs saying about this successful 39-year-old?

Rob ZeaskeRob Zeaske

One of the top non-profit directors in the area Rob Zeaske is a star at the Second Harvest Heartland. He’s increased the amount of food distributed to the non-profit’spartners from 34 million pounds to 50 million pounds, and that number is increasing. Previous to that he was senior vice president at Jumpstart for Young Children.


Laura ZabelLaura Zabel

Laura Zabel is another top non-profit director. She has lead the Springboard for the Arts to much success in recent years and helped to create a health care program for artists. In 2005, Laura received one of five national Emerging Leader scholarships from Americans for the Arts.

Matt Thompson

Matt Thompson is a district manager of U.S. Bancorp and company vice president in charge of 14 area branches, thatrepresents 15 percent of Minneapolis-based U.S. Bank’s. His success has been so impressive that his locations have been a routine winner of the company’s Pinnacle awards that recognize top-performing branches in the company.


He’s a project manager in Construction that deals with retail, office and medical sectors. He’s also a member of the Minnesota Air National Guard, where he serves as an airport manager during relief efforts. Not only that but his charitable efforts have helped raise $20,000 for National Guard families of deployed soldiers.

Mark NordlandMark Nordland

Nordlandhasmanaged the development of more than 1.5 million square feet, with a total worth of $185 million in the recent past. He became Ryan Cos. US Inc youngest director at 32 and has now completed projects worth over $500million.

Dana Nelson

Nelson is one of the area’s top philanthropists and continues to help the local area. She helped raise $14 million for Minnesota non-profits in a single day, — three times as much as the runner-up for single-day giving – which is still a record.

Jason MathesonJason Matheson

Mathesonis an entertainment reporter and film critic for FOX-owned and operated station, KMSP-TV, FOX 9 NEWS in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In September 2009, Matheson was named co-anchor of the newly expanded, FOX 9 weekday morning show called, “The Morning Buzz.” He is Matheson is a three-time Emmy Award nominee and one-time winner as producer for a series of investigative promotions for FOX 9.


Peter Lindstrom.

He’s the Vice president of public affairs for Minnesota High Tech Association.Since 2007, Lindstrom also has served as mayor of Falcon Heights, helping to organize a community garden and establish rain-barrel programs in Willmar.

Jodie LeppaJodie Leppa

Jodie Leppa has worked in the design community in Minnesota for 15 years and is currently the office director for SmithGroup, one of America’s largest architecture and engineering firms. Her success has led to her company working with Microsoft, Hines and Virchow Krause.


Amy Langer

She co-founded the successful staffing firm Salo and has led the company to great success, despite tough economic times. She’s now moved on to different ventures via smaller satellite businesses but her original firm, Salo, is still worth over $40million.


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