Entrepreneur of the Year Awards

The SJU and CSB Entrepreneur of the Year Awards, sponsored by the McNeely Center for Entrepreneurship, recognize the achievements of a Johnnie and a Bennie who best exemplify the ideals of entrepreneurship by starting and successfully managing one or more businesses in a way that demonstrates notable entrepreneurial characteristics and achievements while practicing Benedictine values in the workplace and in their lives.

The CSB/SJU Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award recognizes the achievements and qualities of a Johnnie or Bennie who best exemplifies the ideals of social entrepreneurship by starting and successfully managing one or more ventures that enrich humanity or address a social issue in a way that demonstrates notable entrepreneurial characteristics and achievements while practicing Benedictine values in the workplace and in their lives.


2017 Awardees

SJU Entrepreneur of the Year

Scott Becker

Scott Becker '77, Northstar Capital
Scott L. Becker is a Founder and Managing Partner of Northstar Capital, LLC. Scott
has wide-ranging experience as a private equity and mezzanine investor with specific
strengths in fundraising, investment origination, and managing portfolio exits. He is
responsible for all aspects of investment management at Northstar and directs fund
raising and legal documentation activities for the General Partner and its limited
partnerships. Northstar manages over $1 billion in 6 separate partnerships.

Prior to founding Northstar, Scott was Manager of Investments at Adler Management,
the private family office of Gerald Rauenhorst, founder of Opus Corporation. He also
has previous experience in corporate development at General Mills, Inc. and small
business loan origination at Control Data Business Centers, Inc.

Scott received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from St. John’s University, an
M.B.A. from the University of Minnesota, and a J.D. from the William Mitchell College
of Law.

He is a Chartered Financial Analyst and serves as an Advisory Board member of the
Private Investment Fund of St. John’s University. While at St. John’s, he played for the
legendary John Gagliardi on his 1976 National Championship football team. He now
serves as a volunteer youth coach in his community. Scott enjoys teambuilding and is
an active marathoner, including participation in The Boston Marathon.

CSB/SJU Social Entrepreneur of the Year

Peter RothsteinPeter Rothstein '88, Theater Latte Da
Peter Rothstein works as a director of theater, musical theater, opera and new work development. He is the Founding Artistic Director of Theater Latté Da, a Twin Citiesbased company dedicated to adventurous music-theater. Since the company’s inception in 1992, Peter has directed 58 main-stage productions, including 10 world premieres and 12 area premieres. In 2012 the company launched NEXT, a major new works initiative committed to playwrights, composers, lyricists the development of new music-theater.

Peter is the creator of All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914, which premiered in a live broadcast on Minnesota Public Radio and has since been broadcast around the globe. In 2017 All Is Calm will complete its tenth national tour, including performance at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Peter is also the creator of Steerage Song along with musician, storyteller and fellow Johnnie Dan Chouinard. Steerage Song is a docu-musical about the European American immigrant experience between 1845 and 1924 seen through the lens of the current immigration debate. The work includes songs from 20 countries and is performed in 18 different languages.

Peter also works extensively as a freelance director, and extensively with playwrights, composers and lyricists, directing workshops of new plays, musicals and operas. He has helped foster new work in collaboration with Theater Latté Da, the Playwrights’ Center, the National Alliance for Musical Theater, PlayPenn, Minnesota Opera and the Illusion Theatre, where he is an Artistic Associate.

Peter was named Minnesota’s Artist of the Year by the Star Tribune (2015), Best Director of the Year by City Pages (2017, 2010, 2006), Artist of the Year by City Pages (2012), Theater Artist of the Year by Lavender Magazine (2010) and a Community Award from Lavender Magazine (2013). He has received seven Ivey Awards for Overall Excellence, and has been awarded grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Theater Communications Group, the Minnesota State Arts Board and the McKnight Foundation.

Peter has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music and Theater from St. John’s University and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Directing from University of Wisconsin – Madison. Upcoming projects include Ragtime for Seattle's 5th Avenue and Asolo Repertory Theater in Sarasota Florida; the world premiere of Home for the Holidays with Minnesota Orchestra; the area premiere of Fellow Travelers with the Minnesota Opera; Man of La Mancha, Assassins, Underneath the Lintel and the world premiere of Five Points for Theater Latté Da.

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