Former Pioneer Press columnist recognized for business writing – Twin Cities

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The Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing, a national journalism organization, announced that Gail MarksJarvis, a personal finance columnist with the Chicago Tribune and formerly the St. Paul Pioneer Press, will receive the its Distinguished Achievement Award for 2023.


Colle McVoy, a Minneapolis ad agency, announced that Haribo, a Germany-based brand of gummi candies, has selected the agency as shopper marketing agency of record.


The Metropolitan Airports Commission announced it has named Tim Simon as chief financial officer. Simon previously served as CFO at the city of St. Louis Park. The MAC operates the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport and several suburban airports in the Twin Cities metro.


Techstars, a Colorado-based provider of startup investment funds and business mentorship, has named Sarah Bain as managing director for Techstars Minnesota, succeeding Brett Brohl, who steps into the new role of Entrepreneur in Residence.


St. Paul-based University of St. Thomas announced the promotion of Karen Julian to chief information officer from the interim CIO role she assumed six months prior. Julian is a ’94 St. Thomas grad with a ’98 MBA from the school.


Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union, St. Paul, announced the promotion of Jenny Neubeck to vice president of remote services in Bemidji. Neubeck most recent role was
director of remote services and has been with the company for 11 years.


HealthPartners, a Bloomington-based health insurer and health care provider, announced the election of Phil Donaldson, executive vice president and chief financial officer of Andersen Corp. as board chair; the following were elected to the board of directors: Amy Langer, Salo LLC; Laura Liu, College Possible; Sharon Pierce, Minneapolis College, and Dr. Thomas Schrup, CentraCare. … Regions Hospital in St. Paul announced the hire of Rochelle Johnson as chief nursing officer and vice president of patient care services. Johnson earlier worked as director of nursing in Regions birth center. … Maxwell Healthcare Associates, a Shoreview-based consultant for providers of home health and hospice care, announced that Scott Beard has been appointed chief strategy officer. Beard previously was vice president of information technology with Enhabit Home Health and Hospice.


The Minnesota departments of Employment and Economic Development, Human Services and IT Services announced they received the Merrill Baumgardner Innovation in Information Technology Award for developing the Workforce One Connect (WF1 Connect) mobile app, presented by the National Association of State Workforce Agencies.


Fredrikson, Minneapolis, announced that shareholders Cynthia A. Moyer, John C. Pickerill, Ann Dunn Wessberg, Courtney A. H. Thompson and Laura L. Myers have been named in the 2023 edition of the World Trademark Review 1000: The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals (WTR 1000) for Minnesota; the firm also announced that Bennett Smith has joined in its Government Relations Group.


Beckhoff USA, a Savage-based provider of automation systems and products for business, announced that President Kevin Barker has joined the Association for Advancing Automation Motion Control and Motors Technology Strategy Board for 2023.


Medtronic announced it has promoted chief communications officer Torod Neptune to oversee its Foundation and Labs functions, effective on March 3. Medtronic Foundation is the company’s civic engagement and philanthropic arm; Medtronic Labs is a health systems platform that develops community-based, tech-focused services for underserved patients and families. Medtronic is based in Ireland with executive offices in Fridley.


Agile Frameworks, a Bloomington-based provider of software for engineering and construction materials testing, announced the appointment of David A. Gagne as president and chief executive officer and member of the board of directors. Previously Gagne served in top executive positions at Nagios Enterprises and MedHub LLC.

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