With a passion for leadership, Brandon is dedicated to making the workplace a more enjoyable atmosphere. As a Business Development Executive at Evolve Systems, Brandon works with community banks to grow and develop strategic partnerships. Devoted to community service, Brandon worked to create a relationship with a local farmer from Guatemala to create an online distribution channel, with proceeds helping an orphanage in the Guatemalan community. Brandon was an endorsed candidate for the Minnesota State Legislature, demonstrating his commitment to public service.
A marketing business development specialist at Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union, Ben’s leadership roles include developing and implementing strategies, spearheading projects and organizing employee volunteerism. Ben is passionate about advocating for initiatives that strengthen the community, having helped to coordinate the Food Drive for Second Harvest Heartland. With his outgoing and “can-do” attitude, Ben participated in the Polar Plunge for the last four years raising money for Special Olympics and recently ran the Twin Cities Marathon to raise money for Junior Achievement.
An advocate for other young professionals, Johnna assists young professionals as they navigate the recruiting and job application process in her role with Keyot. Acknowledging that a person is more than his or her resume, Johnna has worked to humanize the recruiting process for young professionals making sure that each individual is an ideal fit for her clients. Johnna regularly works with Dress for Success, helping to empower women and instill a sense of confidence in others. Furthering her dedication to other young professionals, Johnna has mentored over sixty young professionals in Fortune 1000 companies in the Twin Cities.
A young professional with an innovative spirit, Lulete serves on a variety of leadership roles in the Twin Cities. As co-founder of Network Ethiopia, Lulete works to enhance the professional development of East African immigrants in Minnesota. Understanding the unique challenges faced by professional women, Lulete founded SHE, a women’s leadership program in Minnesota that fosters leadership skills in young women. Acknowledging the many individuals who invested in her, Lulete is committed to “paying it forward” and helping other individuals climb the ladder to success.
An attorney with the Child Support Section of the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office, Fue is dedicated to fostering a community in which all children can thrive and reach their full potential. Serving as President of the Hmong American Bar Association, Fue is committed to advancing the legal profession and understands that professional growth requires commitment outside of the traditional office hours. A St. Paul native, Fue is passionate about giving back to the City that provided him so many opportunities. Furthering his commitment to children, Fue regularly volunteers with the Claire Court program, reading law related books to elementary students and inspiring the next generation of legal minds.
This year’s Advocate of the Year award will be presented to to one small company (<100 employees), one medium company (100 - 500 employees), and one large company (500+ employees) that have a commitment to the professional development of Young Professionals in their organizations.
Allegra/image360 Downtown St. Paul understands the challenges facing small and medium-sized businesses and work to devise a strategic and unique approach to creating solutions with measurable results. Allegra develops marketing, print and mail solutions for businesses, and image360 delivers professional graphic services to their customers. Allegra/image360 creates a friendly atmosphere for young professionals to develop and grow in their careers by offering mentorship opportunities, flexible hours and attending programs geared towards young professionals.
From identifying the right color shades and imagining that new brand for the fledging entrepreneurial business to lengthening the muscular arm and fortifying the profitability of a Fortune 400 company’s well-established presence, Brandography’s open umbrella of marketing services covers a comprehensive scope of marketing services. With an employee base predominately comprised of young professionals, Brandography coaches and equips young professionals to execute their roles with increased effectiveness, proven strategies and a heightened understanding of constantly evolving trends. With limited turnover, young professionals are empowered to increase their levels of expertise and develop and expand into new areas of growth and skill.
Ecolab is the global leader in water, hygiene and energy technologies and services that protect people and vital resources. The Company delivers comprehensive solutions and on-site service to promote safe food, maintain clean environments, optimize water and energy use and improve operational efficiencies for customers in the food, healthcare, energy, hospitality and industrial markets in more than 170 countries around the world. With more than 1,112 young professionals employed by Ecolab, the company actively seeks the input and innovation of young professionals, having doubled its college recruiting efforts over the last few years.
GovDelivery is the only digital marketing platform that exclusively connects national, regional and local governments with over 120 million citizens in order to promote usage of services, enhance public awareness, and increase the contributions and involvement of citizen in their communities. By strengthening the government-to-citizen relationship and working closely with organizations to better inform and engage the public, GovDelivery is creating better lives for more people. With strong internship and tuition reimbursement programs, the company enthusiastically invests in the potential of young professionals.
St. Paul Saints Baseball Club
The St. Paul Saints is a minor league baseball club, playing its home games at the beautiful, award-winning CHS Field in Lowertown, Saint Paul. Known for its engaging promotions and affordable fun, the St. Paul Saints have been named American Association Organization of the Year for the last two years. With a number of young professionals running key departments within the organization, the St. Paul Saints understand the energy, ideas and enthusiasm that young professionals bring to the job.
Venture Bank is a commercial bank and SBA preferred lender that proudly serves the local business community. Offering flexibility in loan structures and customizable plans tailored for unique business needs, Venture Bank seeks to provide common sense banking solutions. The company actively seeks and retains young professionals, understanding the creativity and enthusiasm that young professionals possess. With an individualistic approach to success, Venture Bank strongly encourages and mentors its young professionals ensuring that each individual is provided the guidance and support to succeed professionally.
Join us in celebrating these wonderful Young Professionals and the companies that support them!