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Class of 2011

Accomplished, ambitious and under 40

By Kevin Allenspach

Originally ran: January 8, 2012

When it comes to business, no one can foretell the future, know what the markets will be doing one month from now or what demand will be like in two. But today's young leaders will shape the way commerce happens in the years and decades to come.

To identify these individuals, Times Media started the 5 Under 40 award in 2005 with the launch of ROI Central Minnesota magazine. The award highlights area business leaders who make an impact in their industry, profession and community. This year, the winners move to the broader stage of the St. Cloud Times and all its platforms.

In these pages, you can find more about the current honorees: Jared Gapinski, Claudia Revermann, Krystal Vierkant, Justin Wampach and Jesse Westrup.

Gapinski started his own communications company 16 years ago in Sauk Rapids; it has grown to one of the largest in the region. Revermann is by far the youngest partner at Reichert Wenner P.A. and uses her qualifications as a CPA and attorney to solve clients' issues. Vierkant has bucked economic headwinds and gender stereotypes in 10 years operating a trucking company in Waite Park. Wampach, who spends almost as much time working with charities as he does behind a desk, is on his third startup company — the latest being a health care technology business. And Westrup has returned home to work as an executive for one of the area's largest beverage distributors after educating himself in business in California.

These are just a few of the many candidates nominated annually. There will be another class for 2012. Keep an eye on who you think should be in it, and remember these five.
Chances are you'll be hearing more from them in the future.

Class of 2011

Jared Gapinski
All State Communications

Claudia Revermann
Revermann Law

Krystal Vierkant
Rock On Companies

Justin Wampach
Adjuvant Technologies

Jesse Westrup

In the news in 2011

Marco Inc. announced in April that it had selected a site near Interstate Highway 94 for new headquarters to open in spring 2012.

Cold Spring Granite, the company now known as Coldspring, provided materials for the MLK Memorial in Washington, D.C., and sent representatives to dedication ceremonies there.

The Minnesota Lynx won the WNBA championship in a three-game sweep in October.

Plans were announced for a CVS store at the corner of 25th Avenue and Division Street in St. Cloud, and with it the relocation of a popular Dairy Queen.

Summertime by George! music festival series in St. Cloud completes its first season with bigger-than-expected crowds.

Source: Times archive

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