CEO Forum – 11.21.19 CEO Next

CEO Forum – November 2019   Leadership & Business Growth Series Leveraging Leadership and Culture     for Greater Success   Speakers:     Richard Nazarian and Peter Bonfe Thursday, November 21, 2019 – 7:30 am to 9:00 am7:30 am to 8:00 am – Registration and continental breakfast (sponsored by Insperity)8:00 am to 9:00 am – Speaker presentation and Q&A St. Louis Park City Hall – 3rd floor Council Chambers5005 Minnetonka Blvd.St. Louis Park, MN 55416 Richard Nazarian Richard Nazarian, CEO and chairman of the board of Minnetronix, co-founded the medical technology company in 1996 with three employees and one project. While providing both business and technical leadership to the company, he served as company president until April of 2017. He is the principal inventor on 15 patents and is the chief author of numerous papers on medical device development. Rich has led his company in the development of new and innovative medical devices such as implantable artificial heart electronic systems, cardiopulmonary bypass systems, laser imaging systems and ventricular assist devices and nerve growth stimulators.   Peter Bonfe Peter Bonfe is a second generation owner and president of Bonfe. The company was founded in 1993 by his father Wally Bonfe as a one-person operation. A family owned and operated business specializing in residential plumbing, heating, cooling, drain cleaning, electrical, indoor air quality, and appliance repair services, Bonfe has dramatically scaled its operations to serve the entire region in many different service lines. Bonfe bases its growth and success on core values which include trust-based relationships, high ethical standards, and superior customer service.   CLICK HERE TO REGISTER For more information, please visit www.hennepin.us/ceonext. Or you may call...

CEO Forum – 06.20.19 HCARS

 CEO Forum – June 2019   Leadership & Business Growth Series Preparing for a Successful Exit     or Succession Event: Lessons Learned   Panel Members:  Jeff Wright, Dave Perrill, Jeanne Voigt Thursday, June 20, 20197:30 to 9:00 am St. Louis Park City Hall – 3rd floor Council Chambers5005 Minnetonka Blvd.St. Louis Park, MN 55416 7:30 am to 8:00 am – Registration and continental breakfast (sponsored by Insperity)8:00 am to 9:00 am – Speaker presentation and Q&A   Jeff Wright Jeff Wright, managing director and principal, Corporate Finance Associates, brings more than 35 years of entrepreneurial management experience to work advising company owners as an investment banker. He works with owners of private companies to execute high value exits through a tightly managed, competitive process.   Dave Perrill Dave Perrill is CEO of Compute North, a company focused on developing and managing high performance computing centers. Prior to joining Compute North, he founded and sold SecureConnect. Jeff Wright was the lead investment banker for that transaction.   Jeanne Voigt Jeanne Voigt is the founder and past CEO of MindWare. She sold her majority interest in 2003, and the company was sold again in 2013 to Berkshire Hathaway.   CLICK HERE TO REGISTER For more information, please visit Hennepin.us/BusinessAssistance and click on the Economic Gardening section, call 612-348-9812, or email Mary.Matze@hennepin.us...

CEO Forum – 05.16.19 HCARS

   CEO Forum – May 2019   Leadership & Business Growth Series Speaker:  Björn Stansvik, founder and CEO of MentorMate Thursday, May 16, 20197:30 to 9:00 am Sunrise Banks Headquarters2525 Wabash AvenueSt. Paul, MN 55114 7:30 am to 8:00 am – Registration and continental breakfast (sponsored by Insperity)8:00 am to 9:00 am – Speaker presentation and Q&A Björn Stansvik Björn Stansvik, founder and CEO of MentorMate, a global software development firm, has steered the company’s vision from inception to over 400 full-time employees, accelerating digital ideas with end-to-end technology services since 2001. He is the guiding force for the company, constantly challenging the team to explore the boundaries of new technologies like AI and cloud computing and to pioneer digital innovation in healthcare. Under his leadership, MentorMate has grown its technical capabilities across industries. MentorMate was named a 2016 Top ICT Employer in Bulgaria, and in 2017 the Star Tribune included the company on its Top 150 Workplaces list. The newest of its seven offices opened in AstraZeneca’s BioVentureHub in Göteborg, Sweden in 2016. As a recognized technology innovator, Stansvik has won the following distinctions: Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 and Titans of Technology (2014), Minnesota Business Magazine’s Real Power 50 (2014), and EY Entrepreneur of the Year Program finalist (2015, 2016).   CLICK HERE TO REGISTER For more information, please visitwww.Hennepin.us/BusinessAssistance and click on the Economic Gardening section, call 612-348-4191, or email...

Recognition – Life’s Abundance

Lester Thornhill of Life’s Abundance in “Forbes Small Giants: The Best Small Companies Of 2019” Congratulations Lester. Recognition well deserved! — Steve Quello “When is bigger not better? When you value greatness over fast growth. These 25 companies are all privately owned and closely held, and they share a commitment to being the best at what they do, providing stellar service to customers, offering employees fulfilling, rewarding work and being vital members of their communities. They include…” Link to recognition article (Forbes) Link to Life’s Abundance story article...

Recognition – JK2 Scenic (OBJ)

Julie Holmes of JK2 Scenic Honored in OBJ’s Women Who Mean Business class of 2019 The honorees of Orlando Business Journal’s 2019 Women Who Mean Business awards gathered at the Hilton Orlando on Friday, April 26, for an afternoon of conversation and congratulations, sponsored by Ernst & Young LLP. The winners list features 29 of the top businesswomen in Orange, Seminole, Osceola, Lake, Volusia and Brevard counties — all of whom excel in their efforts at improving their companies and communities. In addition… Link to article on...