Business People: HealthPartners’ DeLinda Washington honored for diversity efforts


OF NOTE – DIVERSITY

DeLinda Washington

HealthPartners, a Bloomington-based health insurer and health care provider, announced that Modern Healthcare has recognized Senior Vice President and Chief People Officer DeLinda Washington as a Top Diversity Leader in Healthcare.

ADVERTISING/PUBLIC RELATIONS

Haberman, a Minneapolis-based marketing communications agency, announced Doug Moore as chief commercial officer. Moore previously was with Bain & Co., where he served as expert partner since Bain acquired digital marketing agency FRWD in 2018. … Martin Williams Advertising, Minneapolis, announced the hire of Kara Murphy as senior vice president, director of account management. … Max Allers of St. Paul-based Max Marketing Communications announced that he has won a national GDUSA American Graphic Design Award for Print Design, Advertising Design and for Website Design for a ninth consecutive year.

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

WomenVenture, a St. Paul-based organization providing financial and consulting support for women entrepreneurs, announced the addition of Derek Burgess to its board of directors. Burgess is managing director, business advisory services at Slalom in Minneapolis.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

Thrivent, a Minneapolis-based diversified investment brokerage, announced that Ken Charles will be joining the company as senior vice president, chief DEI and corporate responsibility officer. Charles most recently was the founder of Intentional Talent Advancement, a strategic DEI consulting firm. … Piper Sandler Cos., a Minneapolis-based national investment bank, announced the addition of James (“Jim”) Reilly as a managing director in the Minneapolis office.

HONORS

The Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce announced the following winners for its annual Business Excellence Awards: Small Business of the Year: Vendella euro boutique & coffee haus; Large Business of the Year: Minnesota Energy Resources; Nonprofit of the Year: Living Well Disability Services; Emerging Leader of the Year: Andrew Hasek, Goff Public; Legacy Award: Jon Althoff, Parachute Consulting Group.

LABOR

SEIU Healthcare Minnesota & Iowa announced the reelection of President Jamie Gulley and executive vice presidents Jigme Ugen, Brenda Hilbrich, Phillip Cryan and Rasha Ahmad Sharif.

LAW

Spencer Fane announced that attorney Jack Amaral has joined the Corporate and Business Transactions Practice Group as an associate in the firm’s Minneapolis office. … Dorsey & Whitney, Minneapolis, announced that Partner Theresa Bevilacqua has become a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. Bevilacqua is co-chair of the firm’s Commercial Litigation Practice Group and former chair of the Minneapolis Trial Group. … Winthrop & Weinstine, Minneapolis, announced that the firm’s associate attorney, David Tanabe, was selected by the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges for the 2022 Blackshear American College of Bankruptcy Presidential Fellowship. … Merchant & Gould, a Minneapolis-based intellectual property law firm, announced that Brian H. Batzli, partner and chairman emeritus, was named president of the American Intellectual Property Law Association. … Moss & Barnett, Minneapolis, announced that attorney Jill L. Strodthoff has joined as a member of the firm’s real estate and real estate finance teams. Strodthoff graduated from the University of St. Thomas School of Law. … Sieben Carey, Minneapolis, announced the addition of personal injury attorney Nick Carey. Carey is a graduate of Mitchell Hamline School of Law, St. Paul. … Fredrikson & Byron, Minneapolis, announced that attorney Katlyn M. Korsakov has joined the firm’s Trusts & Estates Group.

REAL ESTATE

Meritex, a Minneapolis-based commercial real estate company, announced that Tom Hotovec has been named CEO, effective Jan. 1. Hotovec previously served as CFO and president. He will be taking over for Paddy McNeely, who will remain chairman.

RESTAURANTS

Steele Brands, a Minnesota-based parent company for the Crisp & Green, Stalk & Spade and Paco & Lime chains, announced that Kelly C. Baltes has been named chief executive officer of its brand development company, Steele Brands Management. Baltes succeeds Founder and CEO Steele Smiley, who remains sole controlling shareholder and executive chairman of the board.

TECHNOLOGY

Arcserve, an Eden Prairie-based provider of backup, recovery and storage solutions for business, announced the appointment of Christian van den Branden as chief technology officer.



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