Daniel Florness


Fastenal Corp.




Daniel Florness has big shoes to fill after being appointed in January as president and CEO of Winona-based Fastenal, a year after Harvard Business Review named it one of the world’s 10 best companies in CEO reputation. (Its former CEO and present chairman, Willard Oberton, joined Fastenal in 1980 and worked his way up to CEO by 2002, holding the title through last year.) Fastenal became one of the most respected companies on Wall Street for leadership—and financial performance, which is where Florness comes in. He joined the company in 1996 as CFO and stepped into EVP and treasurer roles in 2002.