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MINNEAPOLIS, MN., [June 10, 2020] — In response to the murder of George Floyd and the deeply ingrained systemic racism in our country, the Pohlad Family announced today that it is committing $25 million to racial justice, bringing to bear resources of the Pohlad Family Foundation, Pohlad family members, and Pohlad Companies in a two-phased, community-based approach.

“Black people have experienced oppression and racism for far too long in this country,” said Bill Pohlad, president of the Pohlad Family Foundation. “We condemn racism in all its forms, and we are firmly committed to helping to enact meaningful change. We know this will take time and effort, and we are committed to this work beyond this seminal moment in our country’s history.”

In the short term, the Pohlads are focused on providing immediate relief and rebuilding organizations in impacted communities. In addition to encouraging employee volunteerism and matching employee donations across Pohlad Companies, the Pohlad Family Foundation will support grassroots organizations doing this important work. The Pohlad organization also plans to work with local government, philanthropic organizations and the business community to help rebuild businesses that have been destroyed, with the goal of ensuring the continued cultural diversity and affordability of the local areas.

Over the long term, the Pohlad family will focus on impacting structural change through the Foundation. We will partner with other equally committed organizations to help change the systems that create racial inequities and marginalize people of color.

The commitment of $25 million is in addition to the ongoing work of the Pohlad Family Foundation in the areas of homelessness and housing stability.

“As we undertake these additional efforts in racial justice, we will take the time to listen and learn from the community first. We believe that people are experts in their own lives, and to make lasting change, we must learn from their lived experience,” said Susan Bass Roberts, vice president and executive director, Pohlad Family Foundation. “Our goal is to work in community to identify and support solutions that reflect the input of those closest to the issue and address their greatest needs.”

“While we are determined to help affect change in our community, we also know that any real change must start from within,” added Pohlad. “And so, we acknowledge that we have our own work to do and are working to strengthen diversity and inclusion in our organization.”

 

About Pohlad Family Foundation

The Pohlad Family Foundation’s mission is to improve the quality of life and opportunities for those most in need in the Twin Cities region. Our strategic focus is to improve housing stability with the goal of preventing and ending homelessness among families and youth in the Twin Cities. We use four strategies: 1) catch youth and families before they experience homelessness; 2) fund housing affordability solutions; 3) address systemic change; and 4) create awareness and galvanize support. To learn more about the Foundation’s history and focus, visit pohladfoundation.org.

 

About Pohlad Companies

Founded by Carl R. Pohlad in the 1950s, the Pohlad Companies had its start in the banking and soft-drink bottling industries. Now managed by his three sons Jim, Robert and Bill, with third generation family members actively involved, the organization has four primary business groups. Operating Companies includes ownership and management of firms in diverse industries such as commercial real estate mortgage banking (NorthMarq), automobiles (Carousel Motor Group) and automation (PaR Systems); Real Estate includes commercial real estate development and investment activities, principally through United Properties LLC.; Sports and Entertainment comprises investments in the sports and entertainment industries including the Minnesota Twins Major League Baseball Club; and Investments includes direct and non-control investments in privately held companies and in financial instruments of varying duration and type. The Pohlad family and the Pohlad Companies have a deep commitment to the communities where they live and work, demonstrated through the Pohlad Family Foundation, along with the giving and engagement initiatives of its operating businesses and employees. To learn more, visit pohladcompanies.com.

 

Media Contact:

Susan Bass Roberts, Vice President and Executive Director, Pohlad Family Foundation

(612) 661-3811

sbassroberts@pohladfoundation.org

MINNEAPOLIS, Jan. 17, 2020– The Pohlad Companies, a privately held, diverse portfolio of organizations spanning multiple industries and sectors, today announced that Ben Hawn will join the organization, effective January 27, as Chief of Staff to Bert Colianni, Pohlad Companies’ CEO. Ben comes to the Pohlad Companies from Argentem Creek Partners LP in Minnetonka where he has served as Managing Partner & General Counsel since April 2016.  Prior to his work with Argentem, Ben held roles at both Pine River Capital Management and Faegre Baker Daniels. Ben served in the Marine Corps from 2000 to 2003.

Through his military service, legal expertise, and variety of roles in private fund management, Ben brings a wealth of leadership experience and business acumen to this role. He earned a BA in Economics from Hamilton College and earned his Juris Doctor degree from the William Mitchell College of Law.

MINNEAPOLIS, Jan. 10, 2020- The Pohlad Companies, a privately held, diverse portfolio of organizations spanning multiple industries and sectors, today announced that it has aligned two of its consumer-facing businesses under the leadership of Chase Hawkins.

Hawkins has been promoted to CEO and President for Carousel Motor Group (CMG) and also has been named Senior Vice President – Retail Operations at Pohlad Companies. In this dual role, Hawkins will oversee both CMG and JB Hudson Jewelers, leveraging strategies between two of Pohlad Companies’ retail businesses. As part of this structural alignment, Nick Pechman, President, JB Hudson Jewelers, will report to Hawkins.

Hawkins brings 30 years of global leadership experience in automotive sales, service, marketing, product planning and pricing. He joined CMG in 2016 and was promoted to President and Chief Operating Officer of CMG in 2019. Hawkins received his Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Natal, Durban in his native South Africa. He has lived or worked in countries on five continents.

MINNEAPOLIS (June 18, 2019) – As construction begins on one of the most iconic skyscrapers in recent downtown Minneapolis history, nearly 85 percent of the building is already leased – with only three floors remaining.

Interest in leasing RBC Gateway continues to be high, according to Bill Katter, president and chief investment officer, United Properties Development. “This level of leasing is virtually unprecedented with a project of this size and scope,” he said.

RBC Gateway, named for its largest tenant, RBC Wealth Management – U.S., will rise 34 stories (plus three floors of building mechanicals and equipment) over downtown Minneapolis on the site of the old Nicollet Hotel, the landmark corner of Hennepin, Washington and Nicollet Mall. The RBC Gateway development will include the Twin Cities’ first five-star hotel and resort, the Four Seasons Hotel and Resort, as well as its first Four Seasons Private Residences.

Officials at the Pohlad Companies announced today that they will relocate to RBC Gateway in early 2022. The Minneapolis office of United Properties, the Bloomington office of NorthMarq, the Carousel Motor Group corporate team, Pohlad Family Foundation, Pohlad Investment Group, Marquette Companies and CRP Holdings will all move. All told, the Pohlad organization will occupy three floors, for a total of 96,000 sq. ft.

“The RBC Gateway project represents United Properties and our owners’, the Pohlads, latest commitment to enriching the Twin Cities community and leaving a lasting legacy for generations to come,” Katter continued. “We are thrilled to relocate our headquarters, along with our parent company and affiliated firms, to the iconic RBC Gateway site, and we look forward to welcoming other new tenants into this transformative space.”

Known as the “Gateway to Minneapolis,” the site once featured a grand hotel and a park extending to the Mississippi River. More than 25 years ago, the hotel was torn down and the park was replaced by a parking lot. Working with the City of Minneapolis and other partners, United Properties is restoring the splendor of this historical site. The total square footage of the project stands at more than 1 million sq. ft., making it one of the largest developments in recent history.

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn., January 30, 2019 — The Pohlad Companies today announced that effective February 4, 2019, Tom Pohlad, president and COO of Carousel Motor Group (CMG), will become CEO of PaR Systems LLC, a leading provider of automation, robotics and specialized material handling solutions. The Pohlad Companies acquired PaR Systems in October 2017 from MML Capital Partners. Tom succeeds Mark Wrightsman who has served as CEO of PaR Systems since 1999, successfully guiding the company’s growth and performance for 20 years. Tom joins a highly capable PaR executive team. Mark will remain on the board of PaR Systems and serve as an advisor to Tom and the company.

“We would like to thank Mark for his years of outstanding service and leadership of PaR Systems,” said Bert Colianni, CEO, Pohlad Companies.

With Tom’s departure from Carousel Motor Group, Chase Hawkins, vice president Porsche brand, will become president and COO, broadening his strategic, financial and functional responsibilities for the business, while maintaining his role at Porsche. General managers of CMG’s Audi Minneapolis and St. Paul, BMW of Minnetonka, Coon Rapids Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram and North Branch Chevrolet dealerships will continue to lead their respective businesses and will report to Chase.

“We are excited by these leadership changes which will capitalize on the energy and creativity among the smart, talented and passionate teams at both operating companies,” said Colianni. “We are confident that, under Tom’s direction, PaR will build on its strong market position, continuing to advance its breakthrough work in automation, robotics and specialty material handling, and equally certain that Carousel Motor Group will continue to thrive and maintain its superior brand stewardship and exceptional customer experience under Chase’s leadership.”

Tom has served as president and COO of Carousel Motor Group since 2016. Previously, he served in a variety of roles within CMG, including General Manager Porsche of Minneapolis and Audi Minneapolis. Prior to joining Carousel Motor Group in 2010, Tom held roles in Pohlad Companies ranging from Commercial Real Estate to Major League Baseball to Pepsi Bottling. Tom joined the Pohlad family business after graduating from Boston College in 2002.

Chase has built considerable industry knowledge during his nearly three decades of experience in automotive sales, service, marketing, product planning and pricing roles, including Group General Manager of Motor Werks Auto Group and U.S. and international assignments with General Motors, in addition to his three years at CMG. Chase received his Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Natal, Durban in his native South Africa. He has lived or worked in countries on five continents.

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