Business people

  • February 26, 2012 - 12:54 PM

on the move

Xenex Healthcare Services, Austin, Minn., which provides room disinfection systems for health care facilities, named Roy M. Martin Jr. as executive chairman and Morris Miller as chief executive officer. Miller, previously Xenex's executive chairman, is founder of Sequel and Cutstone Ventures; earlier, he was co-founder and president/CEO of Rackspace Hosting. Martin is managing director of WELM Ventures, a Minneapolis-based investment and strategic consulting firm. He was president and CEO of Thomson Reuters Tax & Accounting.

Fredrikson & Byron, Minneapolis, brought in Kristen Hansen as an associate. She will work in the Bismarck, N.D., office.

Regis Corp., Edina, hired Larry Parnell vice president of construction and hired Bruce Robinson as vice president of real estate. Parnell held positions with Victoria's Secret (Limited Brands), Blockbuster and, most recently, Panda Restaurant Group. In the U.S. and Canadian real estate markets, Robinson has worked with retailers such as Blockbuster, Starbucks, Which Wich and Sally Beauty Supply.

KARE 11 at Gannett Co. Inc., Golden Valley, named Cathy Helean director of marketing. She was vice president of marketing at Florida Communications Group in Tampa, where she led marketing for WFLA-TV, and the Tampa Tribune.

MidCountry Investments, Minnetonka, hired Amy Goering as investment representative in Buffalo. Goering had been a financial adviser for Edward Jones.

moving up

Allianz Life Insurance Co. of North America, Minneapolis, named Jasmine Jirele senior vice president of enterprise operations. Jirele was vice president of market management and product innovation.


Paul D. Peterson, William D. Harper and Lori L. Barton of Woodbury law firm Harper & Peterson were among 25 people named by the publication Minnesota Lawyer as Minnesota Attorneys of the Year for 2011.

Michael Unger, a personal injury attorney with Unger Law Office, Minneapolis, was among lawyers recently selected by Minnesota Lawyer to receive "outstanding service to the profession" awards at its annual "Attorneys of the Year" ceremony last week. He helped create Call for Justice, a nonprofit that will partner with United Way 2-1-1 to give better legal referrals and advice to the public.


The Minnesota chapter of the Associated General Contractors of America, Burnsville, presented Jim Mortenson with its lifetime achievement award. The honor is presented to construction professionals who have demonstrated outstanding leadership, extensive industry knowledge, and a strong commitment to enhancing the future of the construction industry. He spent decades with Burnsville's PCL Construction Services before retiring in 2008 and helped lead such Minnesota construction projects as the renovation of St. Paul City Hall and the Ramsey County Courthouse, the first hotel tower at Mystic Lake Casino, the downtown Mankato Civic Arena, and the Science Museum of Minnesota.

U.S. Agency for International Development administrator Dr. Raj Shah will be at General Mills to honor employee volunteers for their work with the nonprofit Partners in Food Solutions. He will be presenting General Mills with USAID's Global Citizenship Award.

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