Moving up

Foundry, Minneapolis, named Kurt Schmidt president. Schmidt was director of strategy and worked for the Nerdery.

True Friends, Annandale, named John LeBlanc president and chief executive. LeBlanc joined True Friends in 2014 as a development officer and was named chief operations officer in 2015.

Precision Associates, Minneapolis, named Brad Kadue president. Kadue joined the company in 2005 as controller and most recently was vice president of finance.

On the move

Northwestern Health Sciences University, Bloomington, named Brendan Bannigan vice president of development and leadership gifts. Bannigan held leadership positions for Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest, University of St. Thomas and HealthEast.

Ballard Spahr named Fred Miller special counsel in its Minneapolis office. Miller is chairman of the Uniform Law Commission drafting committee on Regulation of Virtual Currency Businesses Act and was a professor at the University of Oklahoma College of Law for 40 years.

Hellmuth & Johnson, Edina, named Cole Hickman partner. Hickman was a partner at Sanford, Pierson, Thone & Strean and was a past president and grants committee chairman for the Plymouth Lions Club. Hellmuth & Johnson also named Jack Atnip III, Ed Beckmann and Michael Klemm partners in the firm.

KleinBank, Chaska, named Jeffrey Williamson senior vice president residential mortgage lending. Williamson was vice president and managing officer for Star Bank and serves on the board for the Eden Prairie Chamber of Commerce.

Meritex Co., Minneapolis, named Ben Lieser regional manager for Minnesota. Lieser was an asset manager for Roberts Management Group and worked for Carlson Real Estate Co.

On the board

Mardil Medical, Plymouth, named Martin Madden to the board. Madden was vice president, research and development and vice president medical device research and development transformation for Johnson & Johnson.

St. Paul & Minnesota Community Foundations named Kathy Tunheim to the board. Tunheim is president and chief executive of Tunheim.