Vroom. Vroom. Here we go years without featuring a stock car driver and this issue we have two. It was coincidental and completely fun, if for no other reasons for the latter than being able to experience with the drivers their circular tales of glory and vicariously feeling their bumps and bruises. Our co-cover story, Kevin Finstad of New Ulm, raced stock cars—past tense—as does Damon Haslip of Powder Werks in Lake Crystal—present tense. Besides Kevin and Kathy Finstad, and up and coming Powder Werks, we feature this issue pork producer Compart Family Farms, which has been going hog wild internationally out of Nicollet.
Also this issue, we open nominations for our annual Business Person of the Year Awards, which this year becomes the Tenth Annual Connect Business Magazine/KEYC-TV Business Person of the Year Awards. We appreciate KEYC-TV’s partnership. Last year, Dan and Angie Bastian of Angie’s Kettle Corn popped up to win.
Nominations will be accepted through Friday September 28 at 5:00 p.m. You can nominate a friend or colleague by filling in our entry form at connectbiz.com/bpoy. Our judges—Minnesota State University College of Business professors—consider each nominee’s business results, character, leadership abilities, and community involvement. Businesspersons from businesses small or large, profit or nonprofit, always have been eligible.
Three basic rules: You can’t nominate yourself; your nominee must work and live in the counties of Nicollet, Sibley, Faribault, Waseca, Watonwan, Brown, Martin, Le Sueur or Blue Earth; and she/he must not have appeared in a Connect Business Magazine feature in 2010-12. Ladies and gentlemen! Start your engines and nominate!
Sursum ad summum,
Daniel J. Vance