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July issue of Business 2 Business features five professionals over 40 doing great things

Kelly Gardner, from left, Paula Bredberg, Nathan Streed, Ross Marcus and Jared Anez are spotlighted for their professional and civic achievements. Tribune illustration

We have many distinguished, longtime business leaders here who have helped make the Willmar area what it is today. That’s why, after a successful “5 Under 40” issue, we decided to publish a “5 Over 40” issue as well.

We asked businesses and community members to nominate professionals in the community who deserved to be recognized in this first-ever issue. We had a great response. 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.

The five featured in this issue represent a 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 a generation of leaders in the Willmar area.

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

Dan Burdett

Dan Burdett is the community content coordinator at the West Central Tribune. He has 13 years experience in print media, to include four years enlisted service in the United States Air Force. He has been an employee of Forum Communications since 2005, joining the company after spending two years as the managing editor of the Redwood Gazette and Livewire in Redwood Falls. Prior to his current position, Dan was the presentation editor at the Tribune.

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