2006 Outstanding Directors

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Kenneth Larson

Honoring five of Minnesota's most valued members of business boards of directors.

by Andrew Bacskai

October 1, 2006

Executive managers, especially CEOs, get most of the public credit for their company’s successes. Nevertheless, when executives at Minnesota companies were first invited in 1996 to share that credit with their “Outstanding Directors,” they did so generously, and they have continued to do so for 11 consecutive years. The profiles that follow will show you why.

The achievements of this year’s five honorees exemplify the strength of shared expertise. All of them are leaders who have changed for the better the companies they serve and the way those companies serve their stakeholders. All of them possess and extend to others strong measures of entrepreneurial vitality. All have been involved successfully in the process of building businesses. All of them are role models.

The 2006 Outstanding Directors were selected by a panel of judges comprising Dennis Anderson, CEO, Andcor Companies; Susan Boren, partner, Spencer Stuart; Donald Gerhardt, president and CEO, LifeScience Alley, Jay Novak, editor and publisher, Twin Cities Business; Richard Perkins, president, Perkins Capital Management; and Roger Raber, president, National Association of Corporate Directors.

Chris Twomey

Director, The Toro Company

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John Penn

Director, Health Fitness Corporation

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Kenneth Larson

Director, Nortech Systems

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Leslie Frécon

Director, SimonDelivers

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Warren Mack

Director, Buffalo Wild Wings

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