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Class of 2006

Innovation, Involvement, Influence

By Dawn Peake

Originally ran: January 1, 2007

Exceptional leadership requires agility and solid instincts — knowing when a risk will provide a reward.

In this issue, ROI Central Minnesota recognizes five people younger than 40 who have achieved admirable results through careful orchestration and determination. They have emerged as leaders in the St. Cloud-area business community and positioned themselves to make a lasting impact.

They don't just care about their business's bottom line and driving their industry forward, but also about building social capital in Central Minnesota. They're active in the community, serving on nonprofit organizations' boards, helping entrepreneurs start on strong footing and donating a piece of their wealth to projects that ensure the area's vitality.

Click through the 2006 5 Under 40 leaders to learn more about what it takes to rise to the top.


Class of 2006

Marty Moran
Clear Path Consulting

Asha Morgan Moran
Clear Path Consulting

Nikki Orton
Nikki's Gift Baskets and Elevate Apparel

Marc Sanderson
Wilkie Sanderson

Ryan Weber
NativeX


In the news in 2006

In January, Brad Childress was introduced as the eighth head coach of the Vikings.

Leaders in the St. Cloud school district started to discuss plans to teach Chinese in kindergarten.

On Oct. 1, the Twins beat the Chicago White Sox and then watched the Metrodome's videoboard as the Tigers lost in extra innings to the Kansas City Royals, which gave them their fourth division title in five years.

On April 28, the new Guthrie Theater opened in Minneapolis.

A comeback in the stock market pushed the Dow Jones industrials past 12,500 for the first time.

Northwest Airlines Corp. was in talks to acquire regional carrier Mesaba Airlines, which served St. Cloud Regional Airport.

AOL laid off more than 450 employees at its corporate headquarters on Dec. 13.

Best Buy opened its first outlet in China.

The McClatchy Co. announced in late December that it would sell its flagship Star Tribune to a private equity firm for $530 million.

Source: Times archives

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