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January Business2Business: Meet the 5 Under 40 winners

5 Under 40 winners, from left: Kari Hickman, Heather Thompson, Zack Liebl, Nate Bork and Andrew Bjur. B2B photo by Dennis Benson

We have many distinguished, longtime business leaders here who have made the Willmar area what it is today. But in looking forward, it’s important to acknowledge the future leaders we have here as well. That’s why we decided to start an annual “5 Under 40” issue. 

Read the full issue of Business2Business here.

Two months ago, we started asking businesses and community members to nominate young professionals who deserved to be recognized in this first-ever issue. The response was overwhelming: We received 33 nominations in all. Every person nominated would have been worthy of being selected, but since we could only choose five, we had a judging committee narrow it down to their top choices. Every one of the five selected received multiple votes from the committee.

The five featured in this issue represent a wide range of ages and professional fields. Some were born and raised in the Willmar area, while others found themselves here by coincidence. But all of them have one important thing in common: They represent the next generation of leaders in the Willmar area.

We hope you enjoy reading their stories as much as we have enjoyed working on this issue.

Meet the 5 Under 40 winners:

Andrew Bjur

Nate Bork

Kari Hickman

Zack Liebl

Heather Thompson

Ashley White

Ashley White is the community content coordinator for the West Central Tribune. Follow her on Twitter @Ashley_WCT.

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