Notables 2015

Compassionate. Informed. Fair. Objective. Dedicated. Empathetic. Productive. Honest. Ethical. Hard-working. We feature some of the state’s most interesting and innovative professionals—and the stories behind their success.

Photography by Erika Ludwig and Kelly Gritzmacher


Admit One Home Systems

Home Entertainment & Technology Specialists

Admit One Home Systems

Left to right: Dan Boldt, Account Executive, Lance Anderson, CEO and Founder, Mark Searles, Account Executive

One of the most rewarding aspects of our job is having the opportunity to connect on a personal level with clients, builders, and architects as we collaborate on unique projects. We provide an unparalleled level of customer care and service in the home entertainment and technology industry, vet new products (we’ve received numerous industry rewards for innovative theater/home automation systems), and follow this philosophy: “In business, words are words, explanations are explanations, promises are promises, but only performance is reality.”

7513 Washington Ave. S., Edina, 952-240-6262,


Home Appliance & Cabinetry Specialists

All, Inc, Ryan Rutzick

Ryan Rutzick, Partner

At ALL, Inc., we take pride in being one of the largest appliance and cabinet destinations in the Midwest, offering products and services for remodeling and new construction projects. We have nearly 70 years of experience in the business, a testament to our competitive prices, family-owned management, and friendly and knowledgeable staff. At our 23,000-square-foot St. Paul showroom, talented designers are on hand to help homeowners find inspiration for kitchen and bath projects. We’re honored to have so many loyal customers who know we guarantee complete satisfaction.

185 Plato Blvd. W., St. Paul, 651-227-6331,

Calhoun Square

Retail Destination

Calhoun Square

Left to right: Ryan Moore, Construction Manager; Brian Trinh, Marketing Manager; Angela Richter, Property Manager

Calhoun Square, located in the heart of Uptown, has an artistic flair and dynamic energy unlike any other shopping center around. The revamped property—a state icon—now includes a year-round market, monthly events, and internationally known anchor brands Arc’Teryx, Nespresso Boutique, and CB2. Owned and operated by The Ackerberg Group, the emphasis is on making a positive difference in the local community through design and events. We believe that focusing on creating an environment where people want to spend time—in addition to strong shopping and dining options—is the key to success.

3001 Hennepin Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-824-1240,

Charlie & Co. Design, Ltd.

Architectural Design Firm

Charlie and Co. Design, LTD

Left to right: Charlie Simmons, Founder; Colby Mattson, Partner

The most exciting aspect of what we do is fulfilling our clients’ visions of their perfect home, whatever perfect means to them. We love working across a wide range of architectural styles and believe that great residential architecture should be accessible to everyone, regardless of budget. We create homes devoted to a modern lifestyle while being mindful of history and tradition. Our passion for architecture, eagerness to listen, and attention to detail is evident in our designs, as well as the way in which we interact with our clients.

212 3rd Ave. N., Suite 356, Minneapolis, 612-333-2246,

Cherrywood Dental Care


Dr. Melissa Zettler

Dr. Melissa Zettler, Dentist

Since founding Cherrywood Dental Care in 1997, I have surrounded myself with a highly skilled team that shares my passion for serving our patients. We strive to achieve the best possible outcome for every patient, every time. It’s this commitment that directs everything we do, from the continuing education courses we take around the country to our investment in new technology and materials. The only way to do really great work is to really love what you do—and I really love what I do.

14127 Vernon Ave. S., Savage, 952-440-9303,

Elan Uptown

Luxury Apartments

Laura Longen

Laura Longen, Community Manager

It’s rewarding and exhilarating to be involved with Elan Uptown, from the beginning stages of development to the completion of high-quality rentals. Elan, proudly managed by Greystar, offers a lifestyle experience to members through a vibrant neighborhood, unsurpassed amenities, and impeccable interiors, making it a highly sought-after Minneapolis address. Greystar provides me the tools to succeed: Training, management support, modern-technology, and high-standards of excellence, leading to several honors from Greystar and industry associations. My passion for what I do fuels me. I’m a firm believer that “team work makes a dream work.”

2837 Emerson Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-843-0000,

Ispíri Design-Build

Custom Remodeling Firm

Jason Fabio

Jason Fabio, President, Certified Remodeler

Your home is your sanctuary. At Ispíri, we don’t take that responsibility lightly. When it comes to remodeling, we consider it an honor and privilege to help homeowners reach their goals in creatively reimagined spaces, spaces that reflect their personal style. Our full-service Ispíri team—architectural designers, interior designers, and construction managers—takes pride in doing award-winning work, making a positive impact in our industry and the communities we serve, and changing lives by delivering on dreams. We’re not satisfied until our clients are satisfied.

7779 Afton Rd., Woodbury, 651-578-0122,

John Kraemer & Sons 

Custom Homebuilders

John Kraemer & Sons

Left to right: Gary J. Kraemer, President and Founder; Jeff D. Kraemer, Vice President; John R. Kraemer, Vice President

As a family-owned custom builder with 37 years of experience, we’ve established a stellar reputation among clients, neighbors, and industry peers, and take great pride in being the only three-time “Builder of the Year” award winner in the state—presented to the builder who best exhibits trust, ethics, and customer satisfaction in the industry. We work with talented architects, designers, and craftsmen to ensure one-of-a-kind homes are built with quality materials, innovative products, and impeccable craftsmanship, finished on time and within budget. And we don’t believe our job is done after we hand over the keys. Unlike a lot of here today-gone tomorrow companies, we’re here to stay long into the future.

4906 Lincoln Dr., Edina, 952-935-9100,

Kai Salon

Hair Salon

Kai Salon

Left to right: Laura Pardo, Owner; Kim Pardo, General Manager

Our goal is to be the best part of your day; a rejuvenating oasis of relaxation that leaves you feeling inspired and beautiful. We know we’ve done our job by the smile on your face. This spirit of service is exactly why we do what we do and we take it even further by supporting various non-profit organizations. Volunteering our time and resources and truly engaging in our community is what sets us apart and is the key to our success.

Minneapolis—612-208-1330; Champlin—763-421-2999  

Martha O’Hara Interiors

Interior Design Firm

Martha O'Hara

Martha O’Hara, Owner and President

I’ve always tried to surround myself with the very best people—those with great talent and absolute integrity. Doing so has made my career incredibly fulfilling and my goals so much easier to achieve. Our work speaks for itself: My firm is the fortunate recipient of 32 Interior Design Awards from our local ASID Minnesota chapter, awarded the 2012 “Associate of the Year” by NARI Minnesota, and received three Trillium awards from BATC for collaborations with local custom builders.

9950 Wayzata Blvd., Minneapolis, 952-908-3150, 

Nichols Kaster, PLLP

Employment Attorney

Nichols Kaster

Steven Andrew Smith, Partner

As an employment attorney, I enjoy helping people fashion solutions to their workplace problems. I’m not afraid to take calculated risks, or try a case. I’ve been named one of “The Best Lawyers in America,” a “Super Lawyer” for each year since 2003, and the recipient of the 2014 Karla Wahl Dedicated Advocacy Award, given for “ceaseless and courageous efforts” protecting and advancing the rights of Minnesota employees. My philosophy?
Be authentic if you want opposing counsel, judges, and juries to be willing to listen to what you have to say.

4600 IDS Center, 80 S. Eighth St., Minneapolis, 612-256-3206,


Landscape Design Firm


Left to right: Clayton Johnson, Designer; David Kopfmann, President and Designer; Lincoln Danforth, Designer

In the local community for 41 years, Yardscapes, Inc. has earned a reputation as a well-respected design/build firm in the Twin Cities metro. As landscape designers, we uphold this reputation by providing innovative and creative landscape designs, through understanding site opportunities and limitations, and by offering excellent customer service. We love working directly with homeowners, builders, and architects on their outdoor spaces, incorporating our clients’ personalities and functional needs into their projects, and watching those spaces come to life.

8609 Harriet Ave., Bloomington, 952-887-2794,


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