Starkey honors employee veterans at Vikings game
On Veterans Day weekend, Eden Prairie-based hearing aid manufacturer Starkey honored employees who have served in the military by hosting them in its U.S. Bank Stadium turf suite for the Minnesota Vikings Salute to Service game. The group also visited with the Minnesota Vikings Cheerleaders and former players. Honorary attendees included servicemen and women from the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and National Guard.
“Supporting and giving back to those who have served our country is an important part of Starkey’s core values, and one of the main pillars of our corporate social responsibility program, Starkey Cares,” said Starkey President and CEO Brandon Sawalich. “Our employee veterans not only fought to protect our freedoms but are also such a valued part of our Starkey family. We can’t adequately express our gratitude and appreciation for the sacrifices they’ve made to ensure our safety, but this was our way of saying thank you this Veterans Day.”
Winnebago CEO named Entrepreneur of the Year
Michael Happe, president and CEO of Eden Prairie-based Winnebago Industries, Inc., has been named the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2023 National Overall Award winner by Ernst & Young LLP.
Happe was recognized for redefining the Winnebago brand from a single-brand, product-oriented manufacturer to an outdoor recreational lifestyle company while creating a sustainable business and thriving culture.
“It is a significant privilege to be recognized by Ernst & Young, amidst a group of fantastic business leaders,” said Happe. “I also want to express clearly that this award is a shared testament to the hard work, dedication, and innovation of every member of our remarkable team and the outstanding portfolio of premium outdoor recreation brands and businesses. I am deeply grateful for their passion every day to build our future, and for the unwavering support of our dealers, strategic partners, and end customers.”
This year’s Ernst & Young U.S. competition recognized 11 other winners from nine companies. Happe was selected by an independent panel of judges made up of entrepreneurs and other notable business leaders from across the U.S.
Wellspring Health Center celebrates 15th anniversary
Wellspring Health Center, a physical therapy and wellness clinic specializing in spine care, sports injuries, and orthopedics, is celebrating its 15th anniversary. Since its establishment in 2008, Wellspring Health Center has been privately owned and operated independently of local healthcare systems.
“We are thrilled to mark this significant milestone in our journey of restoring patients to an active, pain-free lifestyle through a holistic, integrative approach to physical therapy,” said Lisa Smith, cofounder and community outreach director of Wellspring Health Center. “Our success is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our innovative, talented team, as well as the trust and support of our valued patients.”
Wellspring Health Center’s activities in celebration of its 15th anniversary include collecting donations for Toys for Tots through Dec. 1.
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