Tammy Mencel

Normandale Alumna Tammy Mencel

Thousands are greeted each morning and afternoon with the latest in Twin Cities business news from this year’s Alumni Achievement Award recipient. Tammy Mencel’s name is familiar to many as the President and Publisher of the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal

In obtaining her Associate of Arts degree from Normandale, Tammy took a variety of classes.  This provided her with a well balanced college education and strong foundation for her future endeavors. The flexible class schedule enabled her to attend classes while working part-time retail jobs.  There she developed valuable customer-service skills and was managing a store before she graduated. 

With this sales and management background along with her associates degree from Normandale, Tammy accepted an account executive position in 1999 with the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, a weekly newspaper and daily news website serving the Twin Cities business community. She was promoted two years later to Associate Advertising Director and in 2005 to Advertising Director. In December 2007, Tammy was named President and Publisher.

One of her colleagues told us, “Tammy has always served as a role model for our team with a delightful spirit and positive fun personality. I’ve watched her move up the ranks from Advertising Account Executive to President and Publisher.  Her ambition to lead and hard work ethics is validated by her career success.”  Another shared, “I absolutely love seeing her cheery smile every morning here at work.”

Dirk DeYoung, Editor of the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, shared in his letter of recommendation that Tammy led the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal through the roughest recession in its history amid rapid change in the media industry. She kept the Business Journal profitable and prepared it to capitalize on the economic recovery. The recovery is happening now and business is thriving. Tammy successfully reached out to new sectors, such as major Twin Cities sports teams, for partnerships. 

She has strongly supported the independence of the editorial department from the influence of advertisers, which is important to maintain credibility with subscribers and readers.  She has embraced social media, supporting the Business Journal’s foray onto Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook. 

Tammy is serious about her service to the community and serves on the boards of several organizations.

Maureen Tubbs, Marketing Editor at the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal said, “Tammy encourages volunteerism within her organization – supporting employees’ efforts in and outside of work. It is an honor to work for Tammy Mencel for her commitment to making Minnesota a great place to work and live.”