October 24, 2021

Category: Family Business

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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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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CEO Kyle Kottke on Running a Trucking Company During Covid-19, and Why 2021 Should be Good
COVID-19 leadership, Family Business, Leadership, Logistics, Transportation

CEO Kyle Kottke on Running a Trucking Company During Covid-19, and Why 2021 Should be Good

Kottke Trucking Co. Co-Owner and CEO Kyle Kottke shares during this on-site video interview how his Buffalo Lake, MN-based trucking business has adapted in many ways since Covid-19 began to affect the economy back in March. This includes helping truckers find places to stop for gas and to stay overnight, when most locations shut down […]

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Northern Ingredients CEO Robert Schafer on Placing Workplace Culture Before Profits
COVID-19 leadership, Entrepreneurism, Family Business, Food, Leadership

Northern Ingredients CEO Robert Schafer on Placing Workplace Culture Before Profits

Founder and CEO Bob Schafer created a highly successful bakery supply business from scratch all from operating cash flow; no debt. Mixing and/or distributing 150 million pounds a year of ingredients to food manufacturers, this Minnesota Family Business Award-winning company has weathered three recessions since its founding in 1991. Thus far it is handing the […]

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Family Business, Manufacturing, Retail

Bemidji Woolen Mills Turns 100 Years Old

Minnesota is rich with hundreds of family businesses, dozens of which have lasted more than two generations. Bemidji Woolen Mills is a fourth-generation family business that on Oct. 9 turned 100 years old. The Duluth News Tribune just published this interesting story about its history. Other family businesses that are 100 years or older in […]

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6 Musts for a Healthy, Lasting Business
Banking and Finance, Business Ethics, Communication, Corporate Governance, Family Business, Leadership

6 Musts for a Healthy, Lasting Business

During this short interview available to either watch or listen to, Platinum Group’s Bob Stewart discusses six essentials for a business to both thrive and survive long-term. * Have a good corporate governance structure in place including a board of directors that meets regularly; Keep up-to-date, accurate and thorough financials; Maintain a healthy relationship with […]

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