Business People: Uponor names new president in Apple Valley – St. Paul Pioneer Press


This is a portrait of Andres Caballero, Uponor Corp. president of its Apple Valley-based Building Solutions North America.
Andres Caballero

Uponor Corp., a maker of plumbing technology for residential and industrial use, has named Andres Caballero president of its Apple Valley-based Building Solutions – North America division and a member of the executive committee. Caballero previously was with Honeywell International, leading its environmental and control solutions, building solutions, Honeywell Homes, and sensing and control.


Zinpro Corp., an Eden Prairie-based maker of organic trace minerals for animal nutrition, announced the promotion of LaToya J. Burrell to general counsel. Burrell also retains her roles leading the company’s diversity, equity and inclusion and corporate giving activities, and as executive director of Anderson Foundation, an Eden Prairie organization focusing on girls educational development.


Golden Valley-based engineering and consulting firm WSB announced that Do Nam has been promoted to director of traffic modeling and technology.


WomenVenture, a St. Paul-based organization focused on funding and developing women-owned small-business entrepreneurship, announced that Rosemarie Ndupuechi has been appointed chief advancement and marketing officer. Ndupuechi previously held corporate positions at Cargill, and in 2014 founded 3E Productions, an event-planning business in Eagan.


The Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis announced the appointments of Patience Ferguson as senior vice president of human resources and inclusion, effective July 18, and Andrea Raffo as senior vice president of research, effective Aug. 22.


Holmes Murphy, a Minneapolis-based business insurance brokerage, announced the addition of Ryan Anderson as property casualty specialty practice leader; Anderson previously was a senior vice president at Hays Cos., now Brown & Brown, and also was a senior executive risk underwriter at Travelers. …  Associated Bank, Green Bay, Wis., announced that Claudia Stegora has joined as senior vice president and relationship manager, commercial banking, based in St. Paul. … True North Mergers & Acquisitions, Minneapolis, announced that Senior Advisor Brent Engelbrekt received the International Business Brokers Association Certified Business Intermediary of the Year award.


Lockridge Grindal Nauen, Minneapolis, announced the promotion of Rebecca J. Kanninen to lead the firm’s state government relations, succeeding firm partner Ted Grindal. … HAWS-KM, St. Paul, announced the addition of Gustavo Ortiz Reynoso as an associate in business litigation, personal injury, insurance litigation, product liability defense and transportation litigation. … Fredrikson & Byron, Minneapolis, announced the addition of attorney Janet M. Olawsky as a senior associate in the employment and labor group.


Honor the Earth, a Callaway, Minn.-based Indigenous-focused environmental justice organization, announced the appointments of Jana Danker, a member of the Choctaw Nation, as its Anishinaabe Agricultural Institute coordinator, and Kevin Whelan as deputy executive director, based in Minneapolis.


National retail chain Bob’s Discount Furniture announced the opening of a store at 2401 Fairview Ave., Suite 120, Roseville. … Raising Cane’s, a national fast-food chain, announced store openings at 18477 Kenrick Ave. in Lakeville, and 2420 Fairview Ave. N., Roseville.


Housing First Minnesota, a Roseville-based trade group promoting the interests of homebuilders and remodelers, announced it has appointed James Vagle executive director. Vagle has been with the organization since 2006. … The North Central Electrical Manufacturers Club, a Bloomington-based group representing 167 Upper Midwest electrical manufacturers and sales representatives, announced that Randy Kuzel has been elected 2022-23 president; Kuzel is a sales specialist at AJB Sales, Minneapolis.


Northwestern Mutual announced that Mendota Heights resident and Northwestern wealth management adviser Eric Johnson donated $20,000 to Pinky Swear Foundation, an Edina-based organizations that provides financial and emotional support for children with cancer and their families. Johnson was named one of the company’s 2022 Community Service Award recipients.


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