sold-outThank you for attending our 2016 Annual Dinner

Tuesday, November 1, 2016 | Vadnais Height Commons | Keynote Speaker: Bill George, Former CEO Medtronic

The VHEDC Annual Dinner was a culmination of a year’s worth of collaboration, hard work, and connecting with areas businesses. The evening featured a full dinner, keynote speaker and elaborate silent auction.  Another key aspect of this memorable evening was the presentation of the VHEDC business awards.

VHEDC Executive Director Ling Becker stated, “It was a tremendous night celebrating the vitality of the business community. That one word – electric – is spot-on about what is happening locally within the VHEDC business community. Our businesses are investing locally; they not only care about their own bottom lines and profits, but they also care about the success of other businesses in the area. This connectivity – this energy – drives everyone toward success. Our dinner celebrates a year of hard work, and it’s also a warm-hearted ‘thank you’ to our business community for making everyone – including the larger community – better.”  

About Bill George


Senior Fellow, Harvard Business School

Author of Discover Your True North

Bill George is a senior fellow at Harvard Business School, where he has taught leadership since 2004. He is the author of four best-selling books: 7 Lessons for Leading in Crisis, True North, Finding Your True North, and Authentic Leadership, as well True North Groups. His newest book, Discover Your True North, was published in August of 2015 along with its companion workbook, The Discover Your True North Fieldbook. Mr. George is the former chairman and chief executive officer of Medtronic. He joined Medtronic in 1989 as president and chief operating officer, was chief executive officer from 1991-2001, and board chair from 1996-2002. Earlier in his career, he was a senior executive with Honeywell and Litton Industries and served in the U.S. Department of Defense.

Mr. George currently serves as a director of Goldman Sachs and The Mayo Clinic. He has served recently on the boards of ExxonMobil, Novartis, Target Corporation and Minnesota’s Destination Medical Center Corporation. He is currently a trustee of World Economic Forum USA, and has served as board chair for Allina Health System, Abbott-Northwestern Hospital, United Way of the Greater Twin Cities, and Advamed. In April 2014 the Franklin Institute awarded him the Bower Award for Business Leadership. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2012. He has been named one of “Top 25 Business Leaders of the Past 25 Years” by PBS; “Executive of the Year-2001” by the Academy of Management; and “Director of the Year-2001- 02” by the National Association of Corporate Directors. Mr. George is a CNBC Contributor and has made frequent appearances on television and radio. He received his BSIE with high honors from Georgia Tech, his MBA with high distinction from Harvard University, where he was a Baker Scholar, and honorary PhDs from Georgia Tech, Mayo Medical School, University of St. Thomas, Augsburg College and Bryant University. During 2002-03 he was professor at IMD International and Ecole Polytechnique in Lausanne, Switzerland, and executive-in- residence at Yale School of Management.

He and his wife Penny reside in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Table Sponsors:
American Family Insurance (Kim Bennett Agency), Buerkle Honda/Hyundai, Century College, City of Vadnais Heights, Children’s Discovery Academy, Comcast BusinessDu Fresne Manufacturing, F & M Bank, H.B. FullerInnovative Office Solutions, Innovize, I.C. SystemImpact GroupMerrickMidWestOne BankNorthern Air Corporation, Peoples Bank Midwest, Schwing AmericaTwin Cities Metro CDC

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