The restaurateur behind many beloved Minneapolis eateries shows no sign of slowing down.
Justen Pohl turned his skill for entertaining a crowd into a successful business.
"Minneapolis is a very food-centered culture,” says retired chef Steve Schuster. He should know; as the former executive chef and culinary director of Kelber Catering, he prepared meals for some of the biggest meetings and events the Minneapolis Convention Center has seen.
Here’s the one question you might want to avoid asking Robbie Harrell when you see one of his sculptures at an event: “Is that real ice?” The CEO of Minnesota Ice Sculptures says his com - pany’s sculptures are so clear and precisely carved that they prompt that question at every event they’re displayed. “Once people realize it really, truly is carved from ice, they’re excited about it,” he says. “There are always lots of selfies with the ice sculpture.”
Minnesotans have no trouble rattling off the reasons they love this place: abundant lakes, top-notch restaurants, a vibrant arts and entertainment scene, and, of course, the new U.S. Bank Stadium. But all out-of-towners often hear about are the harsh winters.
Nick Blake, president of GetKnit Events, brings people together through local experiences.
Allan Law, a 32-year veteran in the Minneapolis Public School system, founded Minneapolis Recreation Development in 1967. Law made the program with a focus to feed and provide emergency assistance to as many people in need as possible. Since then, he has volunteered more than 175,000 hours, and has personally spent almost $500,000 serving the poor and homeless in the Minneapolis area.
Craig Oliver’s success comes from the people he works with and for.
Danielle Ottman wants you to think beyond football when you see U.S. Bank Stadium in downtown Minneapolis. The sales manager for the up-and-coming sports facility, which is managed by SMG, has been telling meeting and event professionals about the site’s capabilities for months.
“We’re trying to sell something that doesn’t really exist yet,” she explains. “That’s what I found is a real challenge. You’re selling them on a dream.”
Chris Heeter wants you to get wild at work.
Before your jaw drops, Heeter defines that four-letter adjective as: “Having the courage to bring the gift of all of who you are to all of what you do.” An award-winning speaker and founder of The Wild Institute in Bloomington, Heeter does just that by translating her 30 years of experience as a wilderness guide into practical lessons for organizations across the country.
“If we’re able to be more wild, free and alive, that leads us to better connections,” she says.