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Business People: Sunday, May 30 – Press


Golden Valley-based engineering and consulting firm WSB announced that Kim Lindquist has joined the organization as their director of community planning and economic development. … St. Paul-based TKDA announced that environmental engineer Ben Meemken has joined its water and wastewater group in the Municipal, Utility and Planning Division.


The Minnesota Zoo, Apple Valley, announced the hiring of veterinarians Dr. Taylor Yaw and Dr. Anne Rivas.


Norwest Equity Partners, a Minneapolis-based middle market investment firm, announced that Eric Kau has joined the firm as an operating partner. … Meristem Family Wealth, Minnetonka, announced that Lori Wallace has recently joined the firm as vice president of investments. … NorthMarq, a Minneapolis-based provider of commercial real estate equity investment services, announced that Executive Chair Eduardo Padilla retired May 14 after nearly 30 years with the company; he previously served as chief executive officer from 1999 to 2019. … Colliers Securities, a Minneapolis-based securities broker-dealer, announced the following additions to its team: Keith Getter, managing director and real estate group head; Barry Oxford, managing director and senior analyst, and David Toti as a senior research analyst.


International food, commodities and agriculture conglomerate Cargill, Wayzata, has appointed Helene Ziv-Douki as president of its aquaculture business; Ziv-Douki succeeds Pilar Cruz who was recently promoted to the new post of chief sustainability officer.


HealthPartners, a Bloomington-based health insurer and operator of hospitals and clinics, announced that Randy Billings has been named senior vice president of provider partnerships. … Shopko Optical, a Green Bay, Wis.-based provider of retail eye care services and products, announced the opening of a location at 13189 60th St. North, Oak Park Heights. … Prime Therapeutics, an Eagan-based pharmacy benefit manager, announced the hiring of Karen DeZearn as vice president of client success. … The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, a Center City-based addiction treatment and advocacy organization, announced it has named Andrew Williams its first director of diversity, equity and inclusion.


Winthrop & Weinstine, Minneapolis, announced that Catherine “Trina” Sjoberg has joined the firm’s Real Estate Development & Transactions practice. … Fredrikson & Byron, Minneapolis, announced that attorney Laura A. Habein has joined the firm in the Business & Tax Planning Group.


AWT Labels & Packaging, a Minneapolis-based provider of labels and flexible packaging for business use, announced Bruce Hanson has joined the company as CEO. … Graco Inc., a Minneapolis-based manufacturer of fluid handling equipment for industry, has named David M. Lowe chief financial officer and treasurer, and Timothy R. White president of its Worldwide Process Division, effective June 10. The moves are in alignment with Mark W. Sheahan moving from CFO and treasurer to president and CEO on June 10.


Predictive Oncology, an Eagan-based developer of artificial intelligence applied to personalized medicine and drug discovery, announced the addition of Board Member Dr. Christina Jenkins, a venture partner at Phoenix Venture Partners with expertise in clinical medicine, venture capital, health systems and health plans. … CHF Solutions, an Eden Prairie-based developer of devices for bodily fluid management in heart failure patients, announced it has changed its name to Nuwellis Inc. 


Improve Group CEO Leah Goldstein Moses has been selected co-chair of the Metropolitan Council’s Equity Advisory Committee, which works to ensure the Met Council has an equitable impact on Twin Cities residents. The Metropolitan Council is a quasi-governmental agency overseeing jointly shared public and transportation services for Minneapolis, St. Paul and surrounding suburbs; Improve Group is a St. Paul-based business management consultancy.


HomeServices of America, a Minneapolis-based Berkshire Hathaway affiliate, has welcomed Steven James and Brad Loe to the company’s leadership team as executive directors of brokerage development.

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