Rochester native Tanya Ragan of Dallas was named a top 100 national commercial real estate influencer for 2019 by Business Journal.

Ragan, president and founder of Wildcat Management, is busy with the final construction phase of the historic Purse Building development in Dallas. The project, which embodies Ragan’s philosophy of development and revitalization, “has activated and reenergized a formerly vacant corner.”

Ragan feels both “inspired” and “honored” to have received this professional accolade and to be listed amongst “so many inspirational commercial real estate leaders from across the country.”

“Being from a small town in Minnesota, I never imagined I would be in the position I am in today," she said, "so I am incredibly grateful and moved to work harder than I ever have before.”

Although Ragan is personally based in Dallas, she has remained committed and connected to her hometown. Her company maintains offices in both Dallas and here in Rochester.

"Our plan has always been to have long-term investments in Rochester, and we have acquired several properties over the past few years. My goal is to increase those investments, and we are always actively looking for opportunities. In particular, in the downtown core since our expertise is urbanism and historic preservation. We love what is happening with the current development movement of DMC and will continue to strive to be more involved.”

Beating Dad? No problem for Mandy

There’s a new champion in town, 10-year-old Mandy Yu. Earlier this month, when she was still 9 years old, Mandy became the Under 10 Girls’ Singles national champion at the 2019 US National Table Tennis Championships in Las Vegas.

Mandy began playing table tennis when she was 6. Back then she played for fun, usually with her dad. But she said, “Now I beat him.”

In fact, she beats most people these days. Mandy said, “The only one I can’t beat is an 11-year-old boy.”

Mandy began her training at 6, with twice weekly practices. When she turned 8, she began “training seriously.” Today Mandy practices five days a week with her coach, Wei Qi, at the Rochester Table Tennis Club. What she loves most about competition is “when we go out for tournaments, we can meet new friends.”

Mandy will be in fifth grade this fall at Byron Intermediate School. When she isn’t training for table tennis, she enjoys figure skating.

Excellent, yet still humble

Stephanie Putzier, volunteer extraordinaire with the Byron chapter of Women of Today, was presented with the Minnesota Women of Today Presidential Award of Excellence.

In addition to Putzier’s commitment to her local volunteer chapter, she has stepped up and given it her all to lead at the state level. Fellow members describe her as “humble” and say her contributions will “will forever change the Minnesota Women of Today.”

Women of Today is a service organization committed to volunteerism, fundraising for charities, and creating social opportunities for its members.

Colleen Timimi is a Rochester freelance writer. Seen & Heard highlights local people with interesting stories. Send tips to life@postbulletin.com.

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