Business people: Sunday, Feb. 28 – Press


Beehive Strategic Communication, a St. Paul-based public relations firm, announced that Jacquie Fiorillo has been promoted to account strategist.


The Metropolitan Airports Commission announced that Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport has received the following cleaning and safety facility accreditations: the GBAC STAR Facility Accreditation through the Global Biorisk Advisory Council, a division of the worldwide ISSA cleaning industry association, and the Airport Health Accreditation, a program sponsored by Airports Council International.


TKDA, a St. Paul-based engineering, architecture and planning services firm, announced it has named Matt Christensen as the firm’s vice president of the Surface Transportation Division.


Dr. S.K. Dash of Edina has joined Jagadguru Kripalu University in Odisha, India, as chancellor and chairman.


Bell Bank announced the hire of Jay Ruhl as vice president/commercial banker in the company’s Bloomington location. … Värde Partners, a global alternative investment firm with headquarters in Minneapolis and New York, announced that Chief Operating Officer Brendan Albee has been promoted to partner and Michael Reimler, global head of finance, has been promoted to senior managing director. Both executives are based in Minneapolis. … Thrivent, a Minneapolis-based financial services organization, announced the hire of Nikki Sorum as senior vice president of Thrivent Advisors and the promotion of Luke Winskowski to senior vice president of Advice and Wealth Management.


LIUNA Minnesota and North Dakota, the Laborers’ International Union of North America, based in St. Paul, announced John Thorson has been named the union’s legislative director and political coordinator.


Moss & Barnett, Minneapolis, announced that Macey L. Muller has joined the firm’s multifamily and commercial real estate finance and real estate teams. … Sieben Carey, Minneapolis, announced the addition of personal injury attorneys Matthew P. Crusen and Madeline K. Carey. … Winthrop & Weinstine, Minneapolis, announced that David Aafedt has been re-elected to the board of directors, and Thomas Kettleson and Anton Moch have been elected to the board. … Patterson Thuente, Minneapolis, announced it has elevated patent attorney Daniel Bruzzone to partner. … Lathrop GPM, Minneapolis, announced the return of attorney Damon Schramm to the firm’s Business Transactions Practice Group. … Lockridge Grindal Nauen, Minneapolis, announced that Rebecca Peterson has been named partner.


MDI, a Minneapolis-based nonprofit maker of corrugated plastic and provider of assembly services, announced that President and CEO Peter McDermott will retire on April 1. Taking over the position will be Eric Black, formerly with Cargill and most recently at Univar Solutions.


Spineology, an Oakdale-based developer of spinal surgery technologies, announced that Matt Cronin has joined the company as senior vice president of sales. … Dianne Goodwin, founder of BlueSky Designs, a Minneapolis-based developer of mobility technology for people with disabilities, announced her retirement after 36 years; the company has welcomed Peter Loeffler as the new owner and president.


Plymouth residents Brian and Bethany Dillon announced the opening of a Twin Cities Fitness Machine Technicians franchise, offering maintenance and repair of exercise equipment for commercial and residential customers.


Modus, a Minneapolis-based developer of sales software for business, announced the appointment of Jeremy Schultz as president and chief operating officer. … Qumu, a Minneapolis-based developer of cloud-based video software platforms for business uses, announced the following executive hires: Alex Kottoor, vice president of Strategy; Erin Bohlin, vice president of Integrated Marketing; Nick Ochoa, vice president of Product Marketing; Rich Russell, vice president of Global Strategic Alliances & Channel Partnerships, and Ilse Modene, director of Customer Success.


The Edison Electric Institute announced that Minnesota Power and Superior Water, Light & Power received its Emergency Response Award. Both electricity utilities are
operating divisions of Duluth-based Allete Inc.