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The events of this past year have shown just how toxic and prevalent systemic and individual racism are to our community. We understand more deeply than ever the need to listen, learn and empathize in order to find ways to move forward together to build a more just community for all.

The eyes of the world have been on the Derek Chauvin trial and now on the tragic death of Daunte Wright. We are horrified and ashamed that this keeps happening to Black people in our community and many other cities across our country.

As we await a verdict, we hope and pray our criminal justice system provides the justice George Floyd and his family deserve, though nothing can restore Mr. Floyd’s life or ease the pain of his murder. We also know that whatever the jury decides, there will still be much work to do.

Needed change cannot come quickly enough. Fixing this is on all of us. We reaffirm our pledge to be a meaningful part of that work. In June, we committed $25 million toward racial justice. We have supported local BIPOC businesses and nonprofits to help rebuild areas affected by the uprising last summer and are currently working with BIPOC communities on solutions that improve their public safety and wellbeing.

We are humbled by the scope of what needs to be accomplished and remain steadfast in our commitment to support the work of ending racial injustice in our community.

In the days and weeks ahead, please listen and treat each other with compassion and respect as we work through this together. Take care of yourselves and one another.

The Pohlad Family

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn., [February 22, 2021]  – Pohlad Companies, announced that Erryn Williams joins the organization, effective today, as Chief Talent and Diversity Officer, reporting to Pamela Lampert, Chief Human Resources Officer. In this role, Williams will lead DEI Strategy and key talent practices across the organization, building upon current initiatives and priorities in partnership with the Pohlad Leadership team, business and human resource leaders, and employee DEI councils.

“We are thrilled that Erryn has joined Pohlad Companies, bringing her considerable experience in talent acquisition, training and development and her expertise in aligning DEI and business goals,” said Bert Colianni, Pohlad Companies chief executive officer. “She will be a valuable partner as we strengthen the diversity, inclusivity and equity within our culture and workplace.”

Williams has more than 20 years of experience in human resources and diversity and inclusion roles in both public and private companies, including May Company, Target, Best Buy and Ryan Companies. Most recently, Williams led global inclusion and diversity strategy for Cargill. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles and currently serves as a board member and chair of the Human Resources committee for Bridging.

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.

Announces New Chief Operating and Strategy Officer

MINNEAPOLIS, Jan. 8, 2019  — The Pohlad Companies, a privately held portfolio of businesses and investments spanning a variety of industries, today announced that effective January 14, 2019, Mike Borofsky will join Pohlad Companies’ Management Group as chief operating and strategy officer. This newly created position complements the exceptional depth and strength of the Pohlad Companies’ current executive and family talent and positions the organization to accelerate future growth. Mike will report to Pohlad Companies CEO Bert Colianni and work closely with Jim, Robert and Bill Pohlad in their oversight capacities.

“We are thrilled to welcome Mike to Pohlad Companies and excited to introduce him to our team and community,” said Robert Pohlad. “The Pohlad family has long relied on strong, future-focused leadership to build our portfolio of businesses and support vital community initiatives, and we’re confident that Mike’s experience and leadership capabilities, combined with the energy, engagement and commitment of the second and third generations of the Pohlad family and our current management group, will help us achieve our goals for future growth.”

Prior to joining Pohlad Companies, Mr. Borofsky served as senior vice president of MacAndrews & Forbes Incorporated, a diversified, New York-based investment company. His responsibilities included acquiring and building global, high cash flow, market-leading businesses and helping the companies innovate and grow. Mr. Borofsky also previously held positions at Skadden, Arps, Slate Meagher & Flom, LLP and Goldman Sachs. He received his B.A. from Yale University and his J.D. from Columbia University School of Law.