October 24, 2021

Category: COVID-19 leadership

How Maud Borup CEO Christine Lantinen Grew Sales 50% During a Pandemic
COVID-19 leadership, Entrepreneurism, Family Business, Food, Leadership, Manufacturing, Retail

How Maud Borup CEO Christine Lantinen Grew Sales 50% During a Pandemic

One year after her first One Take interview, Christine Lantinen returns to discuss how Maud Borup weathered the pandemic; how its attracting and retaining talent both in the Twin Cities and Le Center, Minn.; why it’s looking to expand capacity yet again after just adding 70,000 square feet last year; whether employees are required to […]

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CEO Chuck Runyon on How Self Esteem Brands Made its Largest Acquisition in History While Fighting a Pandemic
COVID-19 leadership, Economy, Health and Fitness, Leadership, Legislation

CEO Chuck Runyon on How Self Esteem Brands Made its Largest Acquisition in History While Fighting a Pandemic

Self Esteem Brands (SEB) recently completed its largest acquisition in history despite all the challenges and uncertainty brought on by COVID-19. One year after his first One Take interview, co-founder and CEO Chuck Runyon returns for a “Take Two” to share how and why the acquisition was able to happen. He also discusses how his […]

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The Future of Minnesota Business After Covid
Commercial Real Estate, COVID-19 leadership, Cybersecurity, Economy, HR, Leadership, Office Equipment, Furnishings & Design, Residential real estate, Society, Talent Management, Technology

The Future of Minnesota Business After Covid

  It’s already been a few weeks since Cory Hepola from WCCO-AM texted to see if I’d answer a question or two on one of his weekday shows. Time’s flown and I just listened to the interview. As always, I enjoyed the subject, questions and real-time conversation with the best on-air interviewer in the state. […]

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Xcel Energy’s Ben Fowke on Leading Through Covid-19, Racial Unrest & Other Challenges in 2020
COVID-19 leadership, Cybersecurity, Environment, Leadership, Technology, Utilities

Xcel Energy’s Ben Fowke on Leading Through Covid-19, Racial Unrest & Other Challenges in 2020

During this episode of One Take CEO Interviews sponsored by Platinum Group, Chairman and CEO Ben Fowke talks about a wide range of issues including how Xcel Energy is investing so much in carbon-free energy production while keeping rates comparable or lower than its peers. With about half of his workforce working remotely, Fowke shares […]

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How HR-Tech Firm When I Work is Still Growing Despite Covid-19’s Impact
Artificial Intelligence, COVID-19 leadership, Entrepreneurism, HR, Logistics, Restaurants, Talent Management, Technology

How HR-Tech Firm When I Work is Still Growing Despite Covid-19’s Impact

Imagine having about half of your revenues tied to serving the restaurant and hospitality industries last year… How would you have delt with Covid-19-related temporary closures and ongoing restrictions in those industries, the plunge in their revenues and the potential harm to yours? Chad Halvorson and his leadership team had to deal with that challenge, […]

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How NetSPI is Growing Despite Covid-19, PLUS 3 Ways to Best Protect Your Data
Artificial Intelligence, COVID-19 leadership, Cybersecurity, Leadership, Technology

How NetSPI is Growing Despite Covid-19, PLUS 3 Ways to Best Protect Your Data

In this episode of One Take CEO Interviews presented by Platinum Group, Cybersecurity business leader Aaron Shilts shares three things your business should do if it hasn’t already done so to avoid a devastating cyberattack. He also discusses how he is leading his employees through the stresses and changes brought on by Covid-19, organic growth […]

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Leading 350 People in 21 Locations Through Covid-19 & Everything Else
COVID-19 leadership, Family Business, Leadership, Transportation

Leading 350 People in 21 Locations Through Covid-19 & Everything Else

In this episode of One Take CEO Interviews presented by Platinum Group, Kari Rihm, owner, president and CEO of South St. Paul-based Rihm Family Companies (RFC), discusses what it’s been like this year leading her fourth-generation family-owned business that employs more than 350 people in 21 locations. Challenges ranged from ‘fixing leaking pipes’ and quickly adjusting to extreme changes […]

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Refinance if Your Rates Are Still High, and Keep Thinking Outside the Box
Banking and Finance, Commercial Real Estate, COVID-19 leadership, Economy, Family Business, Leadership

Refinance if Your Rates Are Still High, and Keep Thinking Outside the Box

During this One Take CEO Interview presented by Platinum Group, Aleesha Webb, vice chair and president of Blaine, MN-based Village Bank, advises business owners to take advantage of low interest rates if they haven’t done so already, and to be strategic while thinking outside the box. Her second-generation family owned community bank has 69 employees, about […]

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Communication, COVID-19 leadership, Family Business, Insurance, Jobs, Law, Leadership, Marketing, Sales, Talent Management

5 CEOs on How to Thrive in 2021

We soon end the strangest year most of us have experienced, one in which uncertainty as individuals, families, organizations, communities, states and a nation reached its highest point since World War II. Some did well, some remain in limbo, some were severely affected. We all face continued uncertainty for at least the next six months, […]

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