Frequently Asked Questions

What is "Minnesota 500"?

This unique 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 executives in "Minnesota 500" selected?

Minnesota 500 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 500 executives selected for this year will be included in the magazine regardless of whether or not they complete the verification form. We provide a verification form as a way to allow the selected executives to add professional and personal insights to their profiles and provide in-depth reflections on their professional history.

Do you require a photo of each executive?

Yes. Photos may be emailed to, mailed to Greenspring Media, or uploaded as part of the online form

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

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

What happens if we do not fill out the form?

The executive selected for this year’s publication will be included in Minnesota 500 regardless, and our editorial staff will write the profile without his/her input.

When will the upcoming issue be printed?

The 2019 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 September 2019.

When are materials due?

May 1, 2019 by 5 p.m.

Have additional questions?

Email Lianna McLernon at