Frequently Asked Questions

What is the M500?

This first-of-its-kind publication—produced by Greenspring Media, the publisher of Minnesota Monthly magazine—celebrates our state’s leading business executives across myriad industries. After lengthy research and due diligence, our editors have selected the Top 500 Minnesota Executives for the indelible marks they continue to make on our business communities as well as the unparalleled thought-leadership they possess. The collective reach and impact of this powerful group of executives is nothing short of amazing.

How were the M500 selected?

The M500 began as a list of more than 7,000 executives across multiple industries in the state of Minnesota. After countless months of research and extensive use of existing databases on behalf of our editors, we culled this down to the Top 500. We used a host of criteria in the process, looking at everything from the impact each executive has had/is having on their industry as a whole (both in his/her current role and prior roles), the success and impact the company itself has had/is having under his/her leadership, special awards or accolades both in the executives’ professional and/or personal lives, participation in community/philanthropic endeavors, position on other boards, and the like.

Is there a cost to participate?

No. This is purely an editorial-awards based program. Furthermore, the M500 will be included in the magazine regardless of whether or not they fill out the form. We are merely wanting the actual executives to have some input into what their profile says about them as it contains both professional and personal insights.

Do you require a photo of each executive?

Yes. Photos may be submitted either in the postage-paid envelope, or to be safer, they may be uploaded as part of the online form at

Can I fill out the information on behalf of our chosen executive?

Yes. The easiest way to do this is to use the online form located at We have incorporated “Save & preview” functions so that you may fill it out, the executive may review or edit, and you can submit at a later date.

What happens if we do not fill out the form?

The executive will be included in the Minnesota 500 regardless, and our editorial staff will write the profile without his/her input.

When will the M500 be printed?

The inaugural Minnesota 500 will be published in a standalone magazine (perfect bound due to the size)published by Greenspring Media, the parent of Minnesota Monthly as well as a host of other publications and websites. The mail date is currently set for October 2018.

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