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Al Carlson and Charlie Nelson – KLN Family Brands

Retirement seemed beckoning two years ago for Al Carlson, but the amiable grandfather has been reenergized since his college football coach introduced him to Charlie Nelson, the third-generation owner of KLN Family Brands in the western Minnesota community of Perham. Nelson wanted to grow the family’s confectionery and pet food business into a billion-dollar company […]

Brittni L. Daley-Grishaeva – Daley’s Drywall & Taping

There wasn’t an election or formal inauguration and the song “Hail to the Chief” doesn’t play when she enters the room. For Brittni Daley-Grishaeva, the title of president is just that—a title. “The title doesn’t define a person as much as their character, values and results,” says Daley-Grishaeva, the president and chief financial officer for […]

Catherine F. Lamson – MEMIC

Tending to personnel matters for 10 years at a Maine bank had its moments, but Catherine F. Lamson had an epiphany of sorts during the 1980s. Health care seemed a wilder ride, “where rubber meets the road,” she recalls thinking. So she took her HR skillset from banking to a hospital, then to a diagnostics […]

Chris Ware – Panola Medical Center

Everyone at Panola Medical Center wished CEO Quentin Whitwell a safe and speedy recovery when he contracted COVID-19 in September 2021. And, when he returned to work at the Batesville, Mississippi, hospital, they got a big surprise. In the 10 days Whitwell recuperated at home, he decided it was time to reopen Quitman Community Hospital […]

Dawn Ponico – Mitchell Martin

With the global pandemic moving everything from timesheets to happy hours into the digital arena, companies across the nation very suddenly needed information technology staff. Dawn Ponico’s employer—the information technology and healthcare staffing firm Mitchell Martin—helped meet that demand, sourcing over 1800 employees for clients during 2021. It also grew its own staff. As Ponico […]

Dr. Brian D. Agnew – Sphinx Minerva Group

While he has no hesitation around vaccinations, Dr. Brian D. Agnew can empathize with communities that do. “I saw a letter from a mayor who said, ‘we don’t want our community used as a guinea pig,’” he tells Vision in November. “I do believe that hesitancy about the vax is a much larger issue than […]

Elaine Ubakanma – H. J. Russell & Company

When Elaine Ubakanma immigrated from Jamaica to the U.S., she was a little over 16, and her father abandoned her less than three months after she arrived. Years later, in 1989, she got a job with H. J. Russell & Company as a secretary. “I wanted to receive higher education, of course, but the cost […]

Freda Stolz – VXI Global Solutions

In the year 2000, the world entered a new millennium—and Freda Stolz entered a new, unexpected chapter of her career, switching her focus from marketing to human resources. She quickly discovered the two areas are more similar than they appeared. In the late 1990s, working as a marketing coordinator at a mining and metals company, […]

Gary Fleenor – Caris Healthcare

Death may be the great equalizer but not in how it comes about. “Hospice has roughly a 90 percent Caucasian usage rate,” Gary Fleenor tells Vision in January. “For minority groups, the utilization rate is unfortunate.” Vice president of HR for Caris Healthcare, a hospice operator in five Southeast and Midwestern states, Fleenor is trying […]

Gary Jeter – TruStone Financial Credit Union

Looking to finance a car? Or maybe refinance one you already own? Given how expensive vehicles are, many consumers can’t just buy one outright. And many such consumers can be vexed by subjective credit ratings that preclude them from low interest rates even if their scores improve. Thus, says Gary Jeter, their best option would […]

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My experience with the team at Vision was great. Their professional and courteous staff took every opportunity to make the production of our article a real pleasure. From the initial contact, through the interview and all the way into production, the process was easy and fun. On behalf of the members of Anza Electric, thank you for highlighting what we do here to make rural living and cooperative membership more valuable in our community and across the country.
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