Carlson School alumni are continually recognized for their accomplishments. Discover who's making headlines now. 


Carlson School alumni are rising through the ranks of organizations around the world. Check out the latest success stories.

Alum Receives Wall Street Women Trailblazer Award

Mee Warren, '01 BSB, was recognized by Traders Magazine among the top women professionals in the trading community. She earned the magagine's Wall Street Women Trailblazer Award for overcoming barriers to advance her career on the buy and sell sides of the traditionally male-dominated finance industry. 

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Carlson School Grad Named among Best and Brightest MBA Students

Poets & Quants

Sara Moret, ’16 MBA, was recently named one of Poets & Quants' Best & Brightest MBAs in the Class of 2016. The list acknowledges students who have had excellent leadership and academic achievements in their MBA program. Moret will be working at Bain & Company as a consultant after graduation.

Entrepreneur Alums Featured in Minnesota Business Magazine

Larry and Caryl Abdo

Alumni Larry Abdo, ’69 BSB, and Caryl Abdo, ’69 BSB, shared why they host dinners and events that help young entrepreneurs balance work and family with Minnesota Business magazine in a recent story.

Carlson School Alum Featured in Faribault Daily News

Faribault Daily News - 3/4/2016

Keri Hoffman-Stelle, ’95 BSB, was featured in a recent article by Faribault Daily News describing her career at Target Corporation.

Carlson School Alum Elected to Pro Football Hall of Fame

Former University of Minnesota quarterback Tony Dungy, '78 BSB, was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on February 6. He will be the seventh former Gopher enshrined.

Dungy played for the Gophers from 1973-76 and was the team captain in 1976. He was inducted into the M Club Hall of Fame in 1998 and was named Minnesota's MVP in 1975 and 1976. He also was a two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection. 

Former University of Minnesota quarterback Tony Dungy

7 Carlson School Leaders Chosen for 40 Under 40 List

Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal

The Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal annually honors top business and community leaders in the Twin Cities with its 2016 40 under 40 list. Seven Carlson School alumni and staff were chosen among 550 nominations, and recognized for their professional achievements and community engagement. 

Carlson School Alum John Stumpf Named CEO of the Year

Wells Fargo President, Chairman, and CEO John Stumpf, '80 MBA, has been selected by investment research firm Morningstar as CEO of the Year. He earned the honor by leading Wells Fargo to continued success amid the 2008 financial crisis. 

JOhn Stumpf

Alum Erica Bergsland Named among 2015's Top Women in Finance

Advantus Capital Management Vice President Erica Bergsland, ’97 MBA, has been honored as one of the 2015 Top Women in Finance by Finance & Commerce. Now in its 15th year, the honorrecognizes women who are making an impact not only in their professions but also in their communities.

Alum Susan Park Rani to be Honored at 2016 Women's Leadership Awards

Susan Park Rani, ’94 MBA, will be honored at this year’s Twin Cities Business Women’s Leadership Awards on February 18. The Awards honor women who are trailblazers within their respective fields, and are accomplished and highly respected for their professional acumen and achievements.

Alum Ryan Miske Highlighted as Up & Coming Lawyer

Ryan Miske, ’05 MBA, was featured by Minnesota Lawyer as an Up & Coming Lawyer. Miske is a partner at Faegre Baker Daniels. 

Alum Receives The Order of the Rising Sun from Japanese Emperor

Mirja Hanson, ’90 MBA, was conferred on The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays by the emperor of Japan on April 15, 2015. As the consul general of Japan at Minneapolis, this award recognized Hanson’s work to strengthen cross-cultural understanding between the United States and Japan.

Alumni Launch Hard Cider Start-Up

David O’Neill, ’15 BSB; and Gunnar Scharf, ’15 BSB co-founded hard cider company Northern Ciderworks through their group’s senior capstone project. Their first cider, Lionheart, can now be found in five liquor stores across the metro.

Asha Sharma Featured in Star Tribune

Asha Sharma, ‘11 BSB, was recently featured in the Star Tribune Sunday Conversation column. Sharma detailed her career at Microsoft and her new role as the COO of Porch, a home services portal.

Alumni Start-Up Featured in Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal

Matt Stang, ‘13 BSB; Joe Hau, ‘13 BSB; and Mike Hau, ‘15 BSB were featured in the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal for founding Swannies, a casual golf sandal company. Swannies just ended a $20,000 Kickstarter campaign and is now shipping orders.

Lars Leafblad Featured in Twin Cities Business

Lars Leafblad, ‘06 MBA, offers advice for hiring a non-profit CEO in Twin Cities Business. Leafblad is one of two principals at Ballinger Leafblad, a civic search firm specializing in corporate hiring for the civic sector.

Armetha Pihlstrom Receives Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal Diversity in Business Award

Armetha Pihlstrom, ‘09 BSB, was among the recipients of the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal Diversity in Business Award. Pihlstrom is a senior manager at Cargill.

Ryan Broshar Featured in Minnesota Business Magazine

Minnesota Business Magazine featured Ryan Broshar, ‘06 BSB, on his goal of cultivating an entrepreneurship community in Minneapolis. Broshar is the founder of Matchstick, a Minneapolis-based venture capital firm.

Minnesota Business Magazine- 7/20/2015

Luis Moreno Named among Top 100 Executives and Emerging Leaders

Diversity MBA Magazine- 2015

Luis Moreno, ‘01 MBA, has earned a spot on Diversity MBA Magazine's 2015 Top 100 Executive and Emerging Leader under 50 Years Old list. Moreno is a senior marketing manager at Synchrony Financial.

Joel Schleicher Named University of Minnesota Entrepreneur of the Year

Carlson School News - 9/8/2015

Joel Schleicher, ’74 BSB, has been awarded the University of Minnesota’s 2015 Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Schleicher is the founder and executive chairman for Cyber Risk Management, LLC.

Bethany Quam, '01 MBA

Bethany Quam, ’01 MBA, has accepted a new position as senior vice president and president of the Europe and Australasia region for General Mills.  Bethany has worked at General Mills for 23 years, most recently leading the convenience and foodservice operating segment.

Janet Porter, ’85 MBA

Principal at Stroudwater Associates Janet Porter, ’85 MBA, has been appointed to the AARP Board of Directors. AARP is a non-profit organization that helps people 50 and older improve the quality of their lives.

Franco Castaldini, ’05 MBA

Franco Castaldini, '05 MBA, has been named the vice president of marketing at Bit Stew Systems, an information processing engine.

Franco Castaldini

Claudia Knowlton-Chike, ’04 MBA

Claudia Knowlton-Chike, ’04 MBA, has been named senior vice president of supply chain at Nexeo Solutions.

Claudia Knowlton-Chike

Trevor Bynum, ’03 MBA

Trevor Bynum, ’03 MBA and former United States Army Captain, was recently named the President of Schwan’s Food Service.

Steve Condon, ’87 BSB

Steve Condon, ’87 BSB, has been named the Co-Director of Wealth Management at D.A. Davidson and Co- a local investment firm.

Steve Condon