Minneapolis, MN – On November 10th, 2022, Finance & Commerce presented its prestigious Top Women in Finance Award to Leah Berend from Oxbow Industries, LLC for achievements in the finance industry and our community.

Leah is a recipient of this distinguished honor for being an effective and impactful leader. She is exceptional in her role as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Administrative Officer at Oxbow Industries. Her managerial talent allows her to accomplish many facets of a private equity firm. Leah leads by example with her fierce determination and strong work ethic while also providing support by encouraging lifelong learning. Leah cultivates relationships with her approachable and positive demeanor. She provides valuable business advice and mentorships. Leah genuinely wants others to succeed and graciously gives her time and talent to support their endeavors. Leah is extremely motivated to meet her vision and has a tenacious drive to expand her knowledge. This award is a true testament of Leah’s hard work and dedication.

“Leah’s nomination for the award was no surprise to me. She’s a Jane of all trades. Whether it’s building relationships with businesses or working on the data, she can do it all and do it well. Recognizing the ins and outs of business is Leah’s speciality. She has a talent for being able to see the big picture as well as the smaller details, which is a rare and valuable quality to have in any industry. Her passion for finance has become obvious within the past 2 years because she seeks to share her knowledge with those around her, even outside of a normal business setting. It’s been a pleasure working with Leah and we are so glad to have her on the team.” 

-Loren Unterseher, Managing Partner, Oxbow Industries


Finance & Commerce Top Women in Finance

The Top Women in Finance award recognizes the outstanding contributions and dedication of women to their profession, communities, and society at large. These are the leaders in financial innovation, taking their companies and colleagues to new heights in career achievement.

“Finance & Commerce Top Women in Finance award winners are the top achievers in the finance industry and community. We are proud to honor each of our nominees, finalists, and our incredible winners. All of them are committed to the profession, their clients and their communities.”

Bill Gaier, Publisher of Finance & Commerce

Visit https://finance-commerce.com/top-women-in-Finance/ for additional information about the Finance & Commerce Top Women in Finance Awards.

About Finance & Commerce

For 134 years, Finance & Commerce has delivered economic development, commercial real estate and construction industry news to Minnesota’s regional business leaders, developers along with housing and community advocates. We provide the business community with in-depth analysis in our Beyond the Skyline podcast, host thought leadership programs that provide industry insight on topics ranging from clean energy to affordable housing and offer the region’s only Development Trackers of real estate, apartment, and hotel development. Our award programs center on the region’s construction and real estate business, bringing together the entire development community. Our Top Women in Finance program is one of the area’s largest events celebrating women in the industry.

About Oxbow – The cornerstone of Oxbow’s philosophy lies in the effective blending of professional management with an entrepreneurial spirit. Learn more at: www.oxbowindustries.com