June 2016

Vistage member company SEH Inc. named to StarTribune’s 2016 Top 150 Workplacess

“Our employee-owners are dedicated, committed and work hard to improve our communities we work and live in. We believe in our company core purpose—Building a Better World for All of Us,” said Sam Claassen, CEO/President. SEH was ranked 43rd on the midsize company list.

April 2016

Vistage Member Paula Hart quoted in StarTribune article about human services agencies’ compliance with new overtime rules

“The pair, plus others in the state’s human services sector, want Minnesota’s federal politicians to press the U.S. Labor Department to extend the time they get to apply rules that will more than double the base salary of workers who can be declared exempt from overtime. They say they need the time to raise more government funding for Medicaid, which pays for virtually all of the services they provide. ‘We’re eternal optimists, or we wouldn’t do this work,’ Hart said.” The full article can be found here

November 2015

Sam Claassen quoted in StarTribune article about overcoming hiring challenges during a labor shortage

“It’s difficult to find new workers,” said Sam Claassen, president of SEH Inc., who needs to add 100 engineers, scientists and architects at his 725-person firm in the next year. “If you went back five years, we didn’t have this issue. We had lots of applicants. But today, if we post a job, that is just not enough. We have to go out and recruit hard.” The full article can be found here

Vistage member Jason Bakker featured in the Sunday StarTribune article 

Jason Bakker, the COO of Campus Media Group discusses changes in marketing to college students in the current digital era in a Q & A session with Kristen Leigh Painter of the StarTribune.

April 2014

Brian Hazeltine Featured in Magazine For Leading His Company Out of Chapter 11


Our CEO Advisory Board is fortunate to include Brian Hazeltine, CEO of Schwing America, who was featured last month on the cover of Enterprise Minnesota for leading his company back from the brink of financial ruin.”  Read here…



February 2014

Vistage Member Deb Erickson Honored by Twin Cities Business

cover_jan14Deb Erickson and her company The Line Up  were recently honored by Twin Cities Business magazine as a ‘2013 Small Business Success Stories Award Winner. Deb’s company makes custom workout gear and cheerleading and dance costumes for many NFL and NBA squads. The company also counts among its customers scores of high school and college teams. Read here…


Minnesota Chair Brian Davis Named Top Vistage CEO Peer Group Leader

high_davisb_02In January 2014, Brian Davis was recognized in San Diego as one of the top Vistage CEO Chairs in the country. He and 12 fellow Chairs received the Vistage Sustained Top Achievement Recognition (STAR) Award for having been ranked in the top 20 out of 435 Chairs on performance and group engagement for 12 consecutive months. This is the most difficult Vistage Chair award to achieve, and Davis is the first Chair in history to win the STAR Award in his second year of Chairing. He currently leads three of the 22 Minneapolis/St.Paul Vistage groups for CEOs, business owners, and key executives. Read here…

November 2013

Digineer’s Michael Lacey  Named to Fast 50 Again!

10-25laceymichaeldigineerx60Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal named Vistage member company Digineer to its list of 50 Fastest Growing Private Companies in 2013. Led by  CEO Michael Lacey. Digineer’s growth rate in 2013 was an astonishing 92.85 percent. Read here… fast50logo







Vistage Member Sign-Zone; 2013 Manufacturer of Year

Minnesota Business magazine recently named Sign-Zone as its midsize 2013 Manufacturer of the Year. The Ramsey based company and its CEO John Bruellman is also a Minnesota Vistage member.  Read here… John Bruellman





May 2013

Vistage Recognizes Top Performers in Twin Cities

brian-jon-don1-300x214Brian is proud to work alongside great Vistage chairs like Jon Jennings, Mike Martin, and Don Kielley. It is an honor to win the 2013 Excellence in Chairing and STAR awards! Read here…


February 2013

Michael Lacey, CEO of Digineer, is recognized for his commitment to develop the firm’s people

Michael LaceyToo many entrepreneurs hit a growth ceiling because they fail to build a strong leadership team beneath them. Vistage members know that to grow their business, they need to grow their people and themselves. Michael Lacey, CEO of Digineer, is featured in the February 2013 issue of Minnesota Business for the development of his leaders and his people.

Congratulations Michael, and thank you for setting a high bar for all of us!

January 2013

Vistage-member company Chuck & Don’s Pet Food Outlet receives small business award

The Minnestoa-based pet food chain was one of a handful of companies recognized by Twin Cities Business magazine as Small Business Success Stories of 2012.  Read more… 

December 24th, 2012

The Star Tribune newspaper recently featured Vistage and my work with three CEO Peer Advisory Groups in the weekly small business column. The article speaks to the unique challenges that CEO’s face and the competitive advantage that Vistage Members can obtain through their participation in monthly peer group meetings, 1 on 1 mentoring, and expert speakers.

CEO peer groups offer feedback, support

December 3rd, 2012

David, a member of my CEO group,  featured in the Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal:

David Gagne, the former chief operating officer at Xata Corp., has been hired as CEO of Winland Electronics Inc.

November 24th, 2012

Bob, a member of my CEO group, featured in the Mankato Free Press:

Coughlan Companies Provides support to Mankato’s Capstone Literacy Center


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