Inside Track: Carlson School eyes two U alumni

  • Article by: NEAL ST. ANTHONY , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 6, 2012 - 10:47 AM

In north Minneapolis, chiropractor Juneau Robbins and his wife Anika have expanded the business footprint by opening a wellness center connected to the chiropractic center.

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A deputy dean of the London Business School is one of the four finalists competing to be the next dean of the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. Randall S. Peterson earned a degree in animal science and agricultural economics in 1986 and a master's in educational psychology in 1990 from the U. He holds a doctorate from the University of California at Berkeley.

At least one other candidate has Minnesota roots. Charles Whiteman, senior associate dean of Tippie College of Business at the University of Iowa, earned a Ph. D. in economics at Minnesota in 1981, studying under then-U economists and 2011 Nobel Prize winners Tom Sargent and Chris Sims.

Peterson and Whiteman had interviews on campus last week. A third candidate, Srilata Zaheer, interim dean of the Carlson School and who has industry and academic experience, will be interviewed this week. The fourth candidate has yet to be disclosed.

In a letter to the committee, Peterson said he was integral to an overhaul of the London Business School's Ph. D. program that increased the quality of students and the value of its education, as well as improving management and productivity at the university.

Whiteman spent 31 years in Iowa City, where he has been "a successful researcher and award-winning teacher," he wrote the U of M hiring committee. "For the past five years I have been responsible for the operation of the Tippie College ... and implementation of the most dramatic budget cut in college history. I believe my experience with resource issues has prepared me well for the next level of academic administration because the greatest challenges facing business schools in the next 5 to 10 years involve the management and acquisition of resources to maintain and promote excellence in business research and education."

Increasingly the business school and other professionals schools at the U are being asked to fully fund their operations from tuition, fees and philanthropy, amid declining state support.

The next dean will replace Alison Davis-Blake, who left the $486,000-a-year job last year after five years to run the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business.

Couple open wellness center on north side

Veteran north Minneapolis chiropractor Juneau Robbins and his wife, Anika Robbins, who owns Anika International skin care and cosmetics, have opened the Robbins Urban Wellness Center at 3900 Thomas Av. N. The wellness center, which opened last week in a once-vacant building adjacent to the Robbins-owned Cultural Chiropractic, is a longtime dream of the couple.

"When the space next door opened up, we seized the chance to finally blend our vision for a total health and wellness center that is accessible to the community," said Juneau Robbins, a Canadian who graduated from what is now the Northwestern Health Sciences University in Bloomington in 1993. "It's going to be non-drug-related services, including massage therapy and a little store with nutritional supplements, bath and body products, aroma therapy, and we want to use this space as wellness business incubators for young massage therapists, reflexologists ... that kind of thing,'' he said.

Said Anika Robbins, a native of Nigeria: "Our goal is to engage the community and present healthy living as a fun, stress-free lifestyle that's good for you!"

She also operates Anika & Friends, a consulting business, and produces the Urban Maven Small Business Showcase, a mobile marketplace designed to promote emerging and home-based businesses, some of which will be featured.

The center, which opened a few days ago, will feature open houses every Wednesday from 3 to 7 p.m. For more information, call 612-522-9536.


Minneapolis-based Tuloko (, in conjunction with Black History Month, has launched a website listing of black-owned business in the Twin Cities. According to Tuloko, the African American community has $4 billion a year in purchasing power. Tuloko is a social networking, user-review and local search website promoting black-owned stores, restaurants, professional services, dry cleaners, health-and-fitness and more.

The ad agency Olson made its big move last week from cramped headquarters at Loring Corners to the newly refurbished Ford Center, where it will occupy the top five floors of the 11-story building that recently underwent a $40 million facelift. The agency's 350 Minneapolis employees will have a comparatively luxurious 125,000 square feet of floor space, compared with its former 82,000 square feet. They also will have a bird's-eye view of adjacent Target Field. Olson boss Kevin DiLorenzo said the space "promotes connection, experience, collaboration, socializing and observation."

Carmichael Lynch is the new strategic and creative adviser to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. In its role, the Minneapolis-based agency will work to keep the hall a pre-eminent destination for baseball history using new technologies and mediums. The agency's first work for the Hall of Fame is expected to roll out in time for opening day of the 2012 MLB season.

An Irwin Jacobs yacht business is sailing at China's swelling ranks of affluent consumers. Jacobs has given state-owned Poly Technologies of China sales and distribution rights to his Marquis Yachts, which are made in Wisconsin. Jacobs said Marquis yachts previously were sold by Chinese dealers who relied on Marquis catalogs. The new partnership is opening a fully stocked sales, distribution and service center at a new marina and yacht club in Sanya, China. Poly also is exclusive distributor in China for Ferrari, Maserati and Mercedes Benz automobiles.

Reporters Susan Feyder and David Phelps contributed to this report.

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