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Minnesota Power Employees Credit Union CEO Debora Almirall named a 2017 Top Woman in Finance

Tuesday, August 29, 2017  
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Finance & Commerce (August 29, 2017) - Finance & Commerce has announced the Top Women in Finance honorees of 2017.

Now in its 17th year, the newspaper’s honors program recognizes women who are making an impact not only in their professions but also in their communities in Minnesota.

The 2017 class of honorees includes a chief executive officer, chief financial officers and other high-ranking executives as well as entrepreneurs, accountants, lawyers and financial advisers. Several honorees have leadership positions at banks and credit unions.

Some work in real estate, for companies like CBRE, Cushman & Wakefield/NorthMarq, and Wells Fargo Home Mortgage. And some work in government or with nonprofits. Many mentor women in their fields and volunteer for community causes.

An outside panel of experts reviewed the nominations and helped to select the honorees.

Several hundred people attend the annual dinner and awards event to celebrate the honorees. A magazine profiling the women also will be published. This year’s event will be Nov. 16 at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis. For more information, visit the events page at finance-commerce.com or contact Kelsey Broadwell at kbroadwell@finance-commerce.com or 612-584-1534.

The 2017 Top Women in Finance honorees:

Debora Almirall                
CEO
Minnesota Power Employees Credit Union

Sara Ausman
Twin Cities regional president
Alerus

Anna Berge
Vice president of technology
Bridgewater Bank

Brenda Brannan
Chief wealth management officer
North Shore Bank of Commerce

Lisa Buetow
Director of banking
Abbot Downing

Amy Burma
Branch operations sales support manager
MidCountry Bank

Jill Campbell
Executive director, portfolio administration
Cushman & Wakefield/NorthMarq

Melissa Deike
Vice president-cash management and business development officer
Bell Bank

Julie Drewes
Vice president; director; shareholder
Briggs and Morgan, P.A.

Sonja Dusil
First vice president – capital markets
CBRE

Lesley Farmer
Business development officer
KLC Financial

Jill Farrington
Partner & advisory office leader
KPMG LLP

Joan Foley
Director of accounting services
U.S. Water

Kate Gillette
Vice president
Avison Young

Lindsay Ginter
Senior vice president
JLT Re North America Inc.

Laura Groppoli
Firm director
Baker Tilly Virchow Krause LLP

April Hamlin
Partner
Lindquist & Vennum LLP

Jennifer Harazin
Chief operating officer
American Mortgage and Equity Consultants Inc.

Crystal Hatcher
Senior Vice President, chief information officer & chief risk management officer
Venture Bank

Jennifer Hosfeld
Senior vice president, community banking
Think Mutual Bank

Heidi Hukriede
Founder and portfolio manager
Stonebridge Capital Advisors

Barb Juelich
Chief financial officer
State of Minnesota – Department of Natural Resources

Anne Kiefer
Senior vice president
RBC Wealth

Julie Kimble
President
KimbleCo

Merrill King
Director of finance
City of Minnetonka

Nicole Knuckles
Regional diverse segments manager and charitable giving manager
Wells Fargo Home Mortgage

Dorothy Moores
Consumer market manager
KleinBank

Janet Ogden-Brackett
Vice president, lending
Nonprofits Assistance Fund

Mary Quist-Newins
President
Moneyweave LLC

Teresa Richardson
Senior investment consultant 
Advanced Capital Group

Amy Ronneberg
CFO
National Marrow Donor Program/Be The Match

Katherine Forrester Schneewind
Wealth management advisor
Northwestern Mutual

Catherine Sedacca
Principal & EVP director of sales and marketing
Sage Business Credit LLC

Sonja Simonsen
Vice president – nonprofit banking leader
Minnesota Bank and Trust

Katie Simpson
Bank of America market president for Minneapolis/St. Paul
Bank of America

Kate Speed
Program officer
Local Initiatives Support Corporation

Connie Stein
Division CFO
Bremer Bank

Jill Walker
Assurance partner
PwC

Aleesha Webb
Senior vice president, commercial lender
Sunrise Banks

Jennifer Wolf
Vice president and chief legal officer
Advantus Capital Management


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