Bruce Karstadt to retire at the American Swedish Institute – Twin Cities


Bruce Karstadt

the American Swedish Institutea Minneapolis-based cultural center and museum, announced that Bruce Karstadt will retire as President and CEO in the first half of 2023. The organization is planning an executive search effort to find his replacement.


publica St. Paul-based public relations and lobbying firm, announced that Elizabeth Emerson became principal. Emerson has led government relations and public affairs at Goff since 2012. … Minneapolis-based independent advertising agency Rise and Shine and partners announced that Matt Burgess joined its management team as a partner and creative director.


Westwood Professional Servicesa Minnetonka-based civil engineering firm, announced the appointment of 22 new shareholders and 32 new partners.


Dominicaa Plymouth-based owner, developer and manager of affordable housing, has announced that it has hired Jen Densmore to serve as Director of Talent Acquisition. Prior to joining Dominium, Densmore worked for over 15 years as a talent acquisition manager at Blattner Co.


Hamline UniversitySaint Paul, announced that Brent Gustafson was named vice president for finance and administration. Gustafson has served the past 10 years as Chief Financial Officer of the University of Minnesotait is liberal arts college. He graduated from Hamline in 1994. … The University of St. Thomas announced that he had chosen Laura Dunham as next dean of sound Opus College of Businessofficially taking over from retirement Stefanie Lenway July 1. Dunham has spent the past five years as the school’s associate dean Opus Schulze School of Entrepreneurship. The main campus of the University of St. Thomas is in St. Paul with its business school in downtown Minneapolis.


the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis announced the appointment of LuAnne Kinney Pederson as Senior Vice President and General Counsel, effective June 1. Pederson joined the bank as an attorney in 2001 and held positions of increasing responsibility within the legal division.


Merchants Bank announced that Lisa Lundel joined the Merchants Bank Advisory Board for Cannon Falls, Hampton and Red Wing. Lundell is a realtor for REMAX Cannon Realty located in Cannon Falls, Minnesota, and also serves on the Board of Directors of the Cannon Falls Chamber of Commerce.


Allina Healthan operator of regional hospitals and clinics based in the Twin Cities, announced that Kelly Sprat rose from the position of president of Buffalo Hospital and Cambridge Medical Center become vice president of operations at Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Minneapolis. He occupies the post previously occupied by David Joos, who was named president of Abbott Northwestern. … Hope Dental Clinica St. Paul-based non-profit organization providing free dental care and oral health education, announced that Jan Hallstrom was appointed general manager.


Spire Credit UnionFalcon Heights, announced that Matt MeyerSpire’s PACE lender and senior trade credit analyst, was named the winner of the Intermediate Chamber of Commerce “Volunteer of the Year” award at the organization’s annual gala this year.


Winthrop and WeinstineMinneapolis, announced the addition of attorneys Robert (Bob) E.Box as counsel in the field of real estate financing and Jeremy M. Walls as a partner in general business practice.


Uponor North Americaan Apple Valley-based PEX pipe manufacturer for residential and industrial construction, announced that Uponor Corp.Uponor North America’s Finnish parent company, has appointed Jennifer Hauschildt to the newly created position of Director of Human Resources for the company worldwide, making her Uponor’s first executive committee member based in North America in a non-presidential role.


Rod and spadea plant-based burger shop launched in Wayzata, announced the opening of its first franchise location, at 3925 W. 50th St., Edina, owned by the former NHL player David Backes.


ActiFia St. Louis Park-based financial advisor software provider, announced the appointment of Derek Bruton and John Wernz to its board of directors. Bruton is Senior Managing Director of the Gladstone Group; Wernz is in partnership with Cogo Laboratories.

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