at the top

Patterson Thuente, Minneapolis, named Tom Dickson chief executive and managing partner. Dickson joined the firm in 2001 and has been the chief financial officer since 2011. He is a board member for Good Shepherd School and was a board member and treasurer for Minneapolis YouthLink. Patterson Thuente also named Eric Chadwick chief financial officer. Chadwick joined the firm in 1997 and serves as chairman of the firm's litigation department.

moving up

AmeriPride Services, Minnetonka, named Wiz Wyatt vice president of strategic partnerships. Wyatt joined AmeriPride in 2006 and held leadership positions for Apogee Enterprises, Wellington Window, ConAgra, Merrill Lynch and Citibank. AmeriPride also named Dave Rotman vice president of supply chain. Rotman joined the company in 2007 and most recently was the senior director of program management.

Knutson Construction, St. Louis Park, named Ben Stromberg information technology director. Stromberg joined Knutson in 2000 as a systems administrator and was the information technology manager.

on the move

Preston Kelly, Minneapolis, named Ron Hall account supervisor. Hall was a senior account executive for JT Mega and worked for Ryan Partnership in Connecticut. Preston Kelly also named Whitney Hermes a designer. Hermes was a designer for Windmill Design.

Spong named Nick Hanson a counselor. Hanson was a senior account executive at Himle Rapp and Co. and was public affairs, media relations and social media specialist at Mayo Clinic. Spong also named Cassie D'Kae senior associate. D'Kae was a senior account executive for Exponent PR.

Young America, Norwood Young America, named Andy Dickhausen senior account director for the manufacturing group. Dickhausen was a client relationship manager at Digital River. Young America also named Julianne Spargo senior client account manager for the manufacturing group and Chad Gardner technical sales engineer.

SheerWind, Chaska, named Steve Faber chief sales officer. Faber is president of Midland Real Estate Service and was owner of KM Building Co. He is on the board of the Minneapolis Rowing Club and Reliance Bank.


Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors named Nene Matey-Keke Realtor of the Year. Matey-Keke is the chief executive of RNR Realty and has worked for Edina Realty. He is on the board of the Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors and the Minnesota Association of Realtors.