Five Minutes With...

Scouts are curious and always looking further to learn more. We are inspired by the career paths and successes of leaders and innovators in our community. Our regular ’5 Minutes With...’ segment seeks to catch a glimpse of what makes those we admire tick and gives us inspiration to continue scouting for more.


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Sara Lissick, CFO, The Imagine Group
Oct 1, 2019

Sara brings her career history of developing strategy, leading innovative growth initiatives and team building to her current role as CFO of The IMAGINE Group. People trust Sara’s ability to streamline diverse processes and generate results. Bottom line – she is known for getting things done. Her ability to consistently see through complex business situations and move things forward made Scouts curious to learn more…

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Nick Petersen, Business Development Manager, Scouts
Aug 13, 2019

Nick comes to Scouts with a successful career in financial services, recruitment, and business development. As a Business Development Manager Nick is responsible for cultivating client and consultant relationships and scouting out consulting opportunities for the financial professionals Scouts represents. Nick’s abundance mentality, strong sense of service, and intuition for making connections make him a great fit for the consulting industry. Nick began building upon his talents early with a degree in Sales and Marketing from St. Cloud State and has been a high performer ever since.

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Alison Rempel Brown, President and CEO Science Museum of Minnesota
Jul 24, 2019

When Alison decided at a young age she wanted a career in business who would have predicted she would become the first female President and CEO of the renowned Science Museum of Minnesota? In her current role she is leading programs that encourage and inspire people from all walks and backgrounds. Alison came to Minnesota by way of California where she was the CFO then Chief of Staff at the California Academy of Sciences and was recognized as CFO of the Year in San Francisco. How she oversees the dynamic offerings and drives growth at the Science Museum made Scouts curious to learn more…

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Kim Bartmann, CEO The Bartmann Group
Jun 4, 2019

Kim has been a visionary and pioneer on many fronts. She has created nine well-respected restaurants in Minneapolis (Red Stag Supperclub, Tiny Diner, Barbette, Bread & Pickle, Pat’s Tap, The Bird, Book Club, Trapeze, Gigi’s). One of her restaurants was the first LEED Certified restaurant in Minnesota, while another features creative energy sourcing using solar panels, cutting edge gardening and water use methods. She has been given a number of accolades, including two James Beard nominations. Kim is consistently recognized for giving back to the community in generous ways. As CEO of The Bartmann Group, Kim plays an active role in creating memorable restaurant experiences and providing solid jobs for her teams. How she has been able to succeed multiple times in an industry with a notorious failure rate made Scouts curious to learn more….

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Michelle Strobel, VP and CFO Great River Energy
Apr 24, 2019

Michelle has had a classic accounting career path, starting in public accounting and ultimately becoming a Partner. Her next move was to private industry as the Controller and now the CFO of Great River Energy. What makes her path unique is her ability to lead with vision and grow high performing teams. She has been able to capitalize on opportunities and stay on top of the ever-changing issues and innovations in the energy industry. Her collaborative streak made Scouts curious to learn more…

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Kate Mortenson, President & CEO Minneapolis Final Four Organizing Committee
Mar 20, 2019

Kate’s vision and years of hard work will culminate in the coming weeks at the Final Four tournament in Minneapolis. Kate has worked to ensure the events surrounding the tournament are inclusive, with activities geared to reflect the diversity of Minneapolis. She has intentionally designed a repeatable formula that will deliver high impact (estimated to bring in $100 million to the metro region) and attendance as Minneapolis is in the world spotlight. Given her ability to forge key partnerships, attract great talent and execute complex layers of details, there is no doubt this is not the last we will hear about Kate’s leadership, which made Scouts curious to learn more…

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Jeff Yureko, CFO Bite Squad (Waitr)
Feb 18, 2019

Jeff has a gift for identifying high potential companies then putting processes in place to scale the business. He honed this through his early days in the Deals side of public accounting, then went on to lead several start-ups, and applied it in his most recent accomplishment of guiding the growth of Bite Squad to acquisition. Jeff’s intelligent approach and pattern of entrepreneurial achievement made Scouts curious to learn more…

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Don Smithmier, CEO of GoKart Labs & Founder/Executive Chairman of The Big Know
Nov 19, 2018

Don is one of the most well-respected and well liked entrepreneurs in the Twin Cities. He currently holds tandem roles as CEO of GoKart Labs and Founder/Executive Chairman of The Big Know - both award winning brands. But that only tells part of the story. Don has an uncanny Midas touch he brings to ventures that reflect his wide range of interests. In addition to his businesses, he has created Rumble Music a successful music studio, has been a leader in innovative online education platforms (Capella, Sophia) and he’s also lead singer in a Billboard ranking country-pop rock band. How all of this is possible in one individual made Scouts curious to learn more…

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Bill Murray, CEO Schwing America
Oct 14, 2018

Bill Murray has never been afraid of a challenge!  To that point, Bill is currently acting CEO, CFO and COO of Schwing America, a member of Schwing Group, a worldwide designer, manufacturer & distributor of premium concrete production and handling equipment, headquartered in Germany . His career has prepared him well for this role - his early days in public accounting followed by a succession of leadership roles in the manufacturing industry. Bill’s energetic, outgoing and never-say-quit approach made Scouts curious to learn more…

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Dave Amelotte, CFO Upsher-Smith
Aug 1, 2018

Dave’s presence and authentic style are traits that have served him well in his career. After a history of success at Medtronic, Dave joined Upsher-Smith Laboratories, LLC as the Controller then was promoted to CFO where he has deftly led the finance organization through growth and acquisition. Dave’s steady force as a finance leader in the pharmaceutical industry made Scouts curious to learn more.

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Barb Juelich, CFO MN House of Representatives
Jul 11, 2018

Barb brings a unique blend of financial smarts, risk taking and entrepreneurial flair to her successive CFO roles for the State of Minnesota. She joined MNSure as CFO at the start up stage and helped shape it as a new state entity, then on to CFO of the Department of Natural Resources on her way to her current role as CFO of the MN House of Representatives. This non-traditional financial career path made Scouts curious to learn more…

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Bill Brendel, CEO Center for Ethical Organizations
Jun 20, 2018

As the CEO of the Center for Ethical Organizations Bill has a weighty responsibility on his shoulders. Corporate leaders turn to him and his team for best practices in navigating the dicey path of issues in today’s business environment.  Bill is also an entrepreneur as the Founder of VirtuCase – an award winning, revolutionary tool for teaching and training. How he manages to lead and foster both of these initiatives with a spirit of unbound energy, brilliance and optimism made Scouts curious to learn more…

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Mark Pederson, CFO Fabcon
Jun 13, 2018

Mark is good at building things. His deep background in manufacturing and construction led him to his current role as CFO at Fabcon - industries reliant on building relationships and networks to get things done. His drive for working hard while also taking time to enjoy life (and Pappy Van Winkle) made Scouts curious to learn more…

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Brandon Bailie, CFO Rocco Altobelli
May 30, 2018

Brandon’s reputation is that of a true renaissance man, with interests ranging from hockey, wine & cheese, writing, and international finance to French culture, make him a more well rounded leader in the hyper-competitive beauty industry. As CFO of Rocco Altobelli, his natural curiosity and desire to continue evolving and learning illuminate ways for their salons to stay ahead of industry changes.

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Katie Simpson, Market President Bank of America
May 17, 2018

Whoever thinks the banking industry is driven solely by a buttoned down old boys club has not met Katie Simpson, Managing Director, Market President & Market Executive at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Katie’s collaborative team approach and openness to look outside her own industry for influences and trends has fueled her success and set her apart from traditional financial institution stereotypes. Her winning combination of drive, creativity and intelligence made Scouts curious to learn more…

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Krista Dusil, Principal and CFO UHG Ventures
May 10, 2018

Over 16 years of progressive movement and promotions within the largest health insurance company in the U.S. has brought Krista to her current role as Principal and CFO of UnitedHealth Group Ventures - the independent fund of UHG that acts as a venture capital firm of sorts, investing in healthcare and technology start-ups. It’s a fast paced world that attracts uber-smart and visionary talent. How she has been able to navigate the waters and what keeps her energy refreshed made Scouts curious to learn more…

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Sam Endres, CFO West Academic Publishing
May 3, 2018

Sam’s broad industry experience and focus on process management and improving financial operations makes her current role as CFO of West Academic Publishing a natural fit. In an industry that has seen a massive shift to digital, she sees opportunity. Her history of progressive leadership roles while striving to create a culture of appreciation made Scouts curious to learn more…

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Tony Brausen, CFO Mosaic
Apr 12, 2018

Tony’s current role as CFO at Mosaic is just the latest in his career as a strategic leader in global and complex organizations. How he manages to juggle high profile challenging career roles, find time for boards, teaching as an adjunct professor at the University of St. Thomas and his hidden rocker talent made Scouts curious to learn more…

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Mark Crea, CEO Feed My Starving Children
Mar 29, 2018

For the past 14 years, Mark Crea has served as the CEO of Feed My Starving Children (FMSC). FMSC is a non-profit that provides nutritious meals to orphanages, schools and clinics in nearly 70 countries. Mark’s continued passion for feeding the poor until ALL are fed made Scouts curious to learn more…

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Blake Hastings, Managing Director CBRE
Mar 15, 2018

It’s hard not to be impressed by Blake’s career in commercial real estate. Blake has an award winning, nationally recognized path of successes leading to his current role as Managing Director of CBRE. When you add to that his passion for helping others and community involvement, you realize whatever Blake is devoted to he doubles down to hit it over the fence. All of this made Scouts curious to learn more…

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Jim Stewart, CFO Edmentum
Mar 1, 2018

Jim has a knack for joining organizations where he sees potential for growth and change. In his role as CFO of Edmentum, Jim is able to draw on his experience to lead the finance organization with an entrepreneurial flair. Having spent his earlier career at 3M and Imation, he has successfully taken on challenges and created business opportunities in a wide range of industries. Scouts were curious to learn more…

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Allen Overturf, CFO Welsh Construction
Feb 22, 2018

As CFO of Welsh Construction, Allen Overturf has financial oversight for large scale projects as well as the company’s financial health - making sure the vision becomes reality and ensuring that the company’s growth trajectory continues. Throughout his career Allen has done this many times, with each challenging role building on the next. A risk taker and competitive athlete, Allen has not been one to stagnate. His continued push for higher goals made Scouts curious to learn more…

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Ramya Rauf, CFO YWCA Minneapolis
Feb 15, 2018

If there is anyone who can say “Been there, done that” it’s Ramya Rauf, CFO of YWCA Minneapolis. Ramya’s international roots and early career as CFO of Energizer Battery in Sri Lanka, move to Minnesota, and path to her current role which includes being recognized as CFO of the Year for non-profits in 2017 make for an inspirational story. Ramya’s accomplishments, resilience and tenacity made Scouts curious to learn more…

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Kyle Didier, President Shelter Corp.
Feb 8, 2018

In his role as President of The Waters, Shelter Corp, Kyle brings elements he really believes in to life: creating community, investing in health, wellbeing, and helping people thrive. His track record of career success and high integrity reputation show that nice guys don’t finish last - and made Scouts curious to learn more…

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Maureen Bausch,CEO Super Bowl Host Committee
Jan 23, 2018

When the eyes of millions are on the Super Bowl and the related festivities in Minneapolis leading up to it, Maureen Bausch - CEO of MN Super Bowl Host Committee will have had her eyes on virtually every detail in the preparation for the high profile big day. Her leadership, ability to gain buy-in and inspire cohesive momentum across many groups is inspiring. The scope of planning and number of issues Maureen has been able to successfully manage made Scouts curious to learn more…

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Nate Garvis, Co-Founder Studio/E
Jan 11, 2018

Is there anything that Nate Garvis can’t do, or anyone he doesn’t know? With a his track record of success and scope of impact on people, the answer would appear to be No. From a big corporate career and board involvement to published author and his current role as Co-Founder of Studio/E, we ask how can he be all of that and at the same time be so approachable, kind and fun to be around? Scouts was curious to learn more…

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Rob Zeaske, CEO Second Harvest Heartland
Dec 14, 2017

A man who truly lives with passion at the surface, Rob is the CEO of Second Harvest Heartland. Driven by mission-centric work, he brings his business smarts and charismatic style to the leadership role of the largest hunger relief agency in Minnesota making a difference in the lives of thousands every day. The apparent internal wellspring of energy he taps into made Scouts curious to learn more…

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Brett Brohl, Entrepreneur Techstars
Dec 7, 2017

A true entrepreneur, Brett has founded several companies and has helped many more bring their vision to life through his role as Entrepreneur in Residence at Techstars, an accelerator and incubator for start-ups. In his most recent venture he oversees The Syndicate Fund, an early stage venture capital fund that provides entrepreneurs capital and access to the network of Syndicate members. Brett has seen the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat in growing businesses and is regarded as an expert in the field. His passion for entrepreneurship made Scouts curious to learn more…

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Kerri Miller, MPR Host, Journalist, Entrepreneur
Dec 1, 2017

Award winning journalist Kerri Miller is host of MPR News with Kerri Miller, Talking Volumes and the national show Flyover on MPR. She is also an entrepreneur as co-founder of SmartSex, a podcast and educational event brand. The range of Kerri’s expertise and interests as well as the breadth of her following made Scouts curious to learn more…

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Amy Ronneberg, CFO/President Be The Match
Nov 16, 2017

Amy is the Chief Financial Officer at Be The Match - the largest and most diverse marrow registry in the world impacting thousands of lives annually, as well as President at Be The Match BioTherapies. Amy has been recognized as the CFO of the Year for non-profits and her succession of leadership roles in high profile companies made Scouts curious to learn more…..

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Ray Longo, Managing Director Aon
Nov 9, 2017

Ray Longo is the Resident Managing Director of Aon Risk Solutions. He has a deep career in the hyper competitive insurance industry, and is currently leading the Minnesota market for the global brand Aon. Clearly he thrives on the fast paced business and is known for leading with values while offering innovative ideas that help their clients mitigate risk. Ray’s reputation as an outgoing leader made Scouts curious to learn more…

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Michael Keller, CEO/President Pearson Candy
Nov 2, 2017

Michael Keller is the CEO/President of Pearson Candy - one of the best loved brands in Minnesota. Over the course of his career Michael has brought his smart energy and creative style to a number of iconic consumer brands. Also known for giving back with his stewardship and community involvement, he is one of the most connected leaders in the market. Scouts were curious to learn more…

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Stefanie Lenway, Dean and Opus Distinguished Chair
Oct 27, 2017

Stefanie Lenway is the Dean and Opus Distinguished Chair at the Opus College of Business University of St. Thomas and a worldwide leader in competitive strategy for business education. She is the first permanent female dean of the Opus College of Business and leverages her robust background to ensure that St. Thomas maintains it’s place as a nationally recognized 21st century business school. Scouts were curious to learn more…

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Denise Doll-Kiefer, CFO US Water
Oct 20, 2017

Denise is the CFO of U.S. Water. She is an award winning CFO, recognized for leading companies through high growth and respected for building great teams. Scouts were curious to learn more…

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Joe Keeley, Founder/CEO College Nannies & Tutors
Oct 12, 2017

Joe Keeley founded College Nannies, Sitters & Tutors in 2001 and grew it into the nation’s largest in-home childcare and tutoring company before selling it in 2016. As a dynamic, thoughtful and conscious leader, Joe's inspirational story made Scouts curious to learn more...
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Mark Flaherty, Founder
Oct 7, 2017

Mark Flaherty has over 20 years of experience in the staffing industry. He has driven outstanding results because he takes the time to understand what success looks like for both the clients and candidates. Mark believes successful hiring is more of an art than a science and is achieved with thorough due diligence and a keen sense of everyone’s motivations.

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Gwen Martin, Partner
Oct 7, 2017

With over 25 years of staffing industry experience to draw on, Gwen has developed a network of deep business relationships and loves connecting people. She has achieved a track record of success by operating from a base of high EQ meets curiosity and energy.

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Susan Haugen, Partner & Director of Recruiting
Oct 6, 2017

Susan has spent nearly 25 years in the finance industry and she is now translating that experience to work with other consultants - identifying talent and encouraging their strengths. She’s passionate about consulting as a career path and is excited to help people make significant contributions.

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