Joe Lahti

Joe Lahti is a Minneapolis native and leader in numerous Minnesota business and community organizations. After graduating from Harvard University in 1982 with a bachelor’s degree in economics, he completed a 12-month commercial lending training program at First Bank Minneapolis before working with Syncronamics, Inc., where he specialized in scheduling and staffing-level consulting at Hughes Aircraft and Pac Tel. He joined CIGNA Financial Services as a financial counselor in 1985 and left to become president of McQuillan Lahti and Associates in 1989. At both firms he advised business owners in the areas of tax, investment, insurance and succession planning strategies. 

As principal of JL Holdings since 1989, Joe has provided funding and management leadership to several early-stage or distressed companies. From 1993 to 2002, Joe held the positions of chief operating officer, president, chief executive officer and chairman at Shuffle Master, Inc., a company that provides innovative products to the gaming industry. Under his leadership, Shuffle Master was consistently ranked as one of the country’s top small publicly owned companies by Forbes and Fortune magazines. 

Joe has been married for 30 years and has five children and four grandchildren. He has served on several non-profit boards with a particular affinity for Catholic education.