"The camera is the least important tool in photography; it is your imagination and creativity that make your photos unique and inspiring."
CO-FOUNDER, GREAT LAKES; CO-FOUNDER, MINNESOTA MADE; FOUNDER, MILKBARN; FOUNDER, FINLEY'S BARKERY
CO-FOUNDER, ANYWHERE APPAREL; FOUNDER, UNITED BY BLUE; CO-FOUNDERS, APOLIS GLOBAL; FOUNDER/CEO, S'WELL
Dave and Amy Freeman, named National Geographic Adventurers of the Year in 2014, have a lot of miles under their belts. Since 2001, they have logged over 30,000 miles by kayak, canoe, and dogsled from the Amazon to the Arctic, and they are using their experiences to inspire and educate everyone from kids to business leaders.
Kathy Annette is the president of The Blandin Foundation.She oversees a team of individuals who strive to support and encourage Minnesota's rural communities to grow and thrive, something she had done throughout the duration of her career as deputy director of field operations of Indian Health Service.
Zachary Quinn turned a college entrepreneurship class project into Love Your Melon, a nationally recognized company known for donating 50% of their profits to the fight against pediatric cancer.
Jenna Kutcher is a true cheerleader for all of the creatives out there. She picked up a camera and began a photography business, which brought her into the often hard to navigate world of social media. She embraced her imperfections, bared her soul, and has grown her reach to over 700,000 engaged and inspired followers.
Katie Thune has spent her career working with children and adults of all abilities with the goal of helping to improve their quality of life. She has developed curriculum and courses for many non-profits such as Mad Hatter Wellness, Power of Me, Sexuality for All Abilities, and Special Olympics MN on the topics of healthy relationships and sexuality education, incorporating mindfulness activities and yoga.
Dario Otero and his business partners at Youth Lens 360 have created a unique curriculum geared towards training and supporting the technical and entrepreneurial skills of youth ages 14-24.
Chris Hawkey, the self-described luckiest man in the world, followed his dreams and rose from his small town beginnings to radio and country music stardom. He is a producer and co-host of one of KFAN's most popular shows, "Power Trip Morning Show," and he records and performs around the country with the Chris Hawkey Band.
Ali Kaplan is currently the editor-in-chief of Twin Cities Business magazine after having spent eight years serving as Mpls.St.Paul Magazine's senior editor of shopping and style. Her knack for bridging the gap between lifestyle and business has given her a unique voice to narrow in on topics that matter to people.
Four friends met at a craft beer bar in 2010 and discovered a shared dream of starting their own breweries. Their dream became a reality in 2013 and Bent Paddle Brewing Co. was born.
Corey Medina is a Native American blues artist who plays, writes, and produces music full-time in northern Minnesota. He also travels with his band, Corey Medina & Brothers, spreading light to dark, and hope to the hopeless with their raw, soulful, intimate music and stage presence.
Andrew Zimmern is a four-time James Beard Award-winning TV personality, chef, writer, teacher, and culinary explorer. He is regarded as one of the most versatile and knowledgeable personalities in the food world having explored cultures in more than 170 countries.
Tanner Ott and his father, John, have made a career rehabbing historic buildings through Alley A Realty. Their work renovating and developing properties and then leasing them to entrepreneurs, restaurants, artists, and professionals help to create vibrant communities and bring life back to buildings with a history.