Lee Schafer

Columnist | Business
Phone: 612-673-4302
Lee Schafer came to the Star Tribune after 15 years as a corporate officer, consultant and investment banker in the Twin Cities. He has been a columnist for Twin Cities Business magazine and was senior editor for Corporate Report Minnesota.

Recent content from Lee Schafer

Schafer: Glory days of Target's youth may be history

There won’t be any real news on the holiday retailing season for a while, but it seems safe to assume...

Updated: December 15, 2013, - 06:45 AM

Schafer: Software firm lines up financing it doesn't need

JAMF Software of Minneapolis just closed on $30 million of venture financing, and what’s interesting is that both the big...

Updated: December 09, 2013, - 10:18 PM

Schafer: PolyMet mine report has a giant hole in it

Mark Twain’s explanation that “a mine is just a hole in the ground with a liar standing next to it”...

Updated: December 07, 2013, - 05:19 PM

Schafer: Frugality at home carries to the corner office, too

The savviest boards looking for a new CEO should consider adding a step to the screening process — and send...

Updated: December 04, 2013, - 02:25 PM

Schafer: Financial adviser gives tough love – and hope

Those curious about what’s really happening in the American economy could do worse than listen to a few hours of...

Updated: November 30, 2013, - 02:00 PM

Schafer: Airport McDonald's is a reminder that we value the familiar

A revered American culinary tradition has been restored just in time for this busy Thanksgiving holiday travel season.Travelers who pass...

Updated: November 29, 2013, - 10:56 PM

Schafer: Taconite for stadium? It's a made-up controversy

It’s turning out to be not that easy to build a football stadium in Minneapolis out of Minnesota taconite.Then again,...

Updated: November 27, 2013, - 06:54 PM

Schafer: Joly says overhaul at Best Buy is just starting

“I constantly remind our teams that we’re just warming up,” he said. “This is a multiyear transformation journey."

Updated: November 25, 2013, - 11:34 AM

Schafer: Analyst thought for himself, and he was right

The Wall Street crowd isn’t known for independent and gutsy thinking, making the analyst David Strasser’s stubborn and lonely refusal...

Updated: November 20, 2013, - 05:45 AM

Schafer: Nash Finch deal brings big payout for the CEO

Alec Covington didn’t get a sweet financial package from his board on his way out the door. He got one on his way in.

Updated: November 17, 2013, - 06:16 AM

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