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• CEO Chuck Runyon of Anytime Fitness was honored recently by Chief Executive magazine for leadership in the inaugural “midmarket” award category for companies of up to $1 billion in revenue. He was chosen from among nearly 200,000 executives. Chief Executive was impressed with Anytime’s growth and philosophy, known as “Return on Emotional Investment.” Runyon said Anytime seeks to help people, “whether employees or gym members become better people.”
• After five years, Colle & McVoy CEO and President Christine Fruechte has relinquished her presidency to Jim Silburn, a senior marketing and branding pro who joined Colle & McVoy last year. CEO Fruechte will continue to seek new business for a growth agency that employs 240 people. Silburn, who has worked for Fallon, Martin Williams and Carmichael Lynch, will continue to oversee Colle & McVoy strategic, digital, analytics, media and account management functions.
• Leonard, Street and Deinard this month celebrated the 20th anniversary of its free legal clinic at the University of Minnesota’s Community-University Health Care Center. Since 1993, Leonard, Street employees have volunteered 102,229 hours, or $21 million worth of legal services, for 2,400 needy people. Firm lawyer Eric Paulsrud, who died at 53 in October, was a tireless volunteer at the clinic and would be pleased with its ongoing commitment to the indigent. The firm last week awarded a $20,000 gift to the health clinic to fund a pilot program to improve children’s health.
Staff writers David Phelps and Patrick Kennedy contributed to this report.