Annual Meetings &
Tuesday, January 26, 2016.
Business of the
Carlson Capital Management, Inc.
Carlson Capital Management, Inc. is the recipient of
this year’s Business of the Year Award.
Carlson Capital Management, Inc. (CCM) is a
comprehensive wealth management firm with Minnesota
offices in Hastings, Northfield, Bloomington and
Known for their exceptional customer service, CCM has
been a trusted advisor to more than 700 clients in
Minnesota and throughout the country, managing more than
$1.3 billion in assets.
CCM was founded in 1987 by Jeff and Greg Carlson
and has grown to a team of 39, led by Jeff and Greg
along with President Justin Stets, which includes
attorneys, accountants, financial planners and support
staff. The company and its employees are actively
involved with more than 50 organizations including:
Hastings Area Rotary Club, Hasting Family Service, The Y
in Hastings, Hastings High School, Hastings Young Life,
Feed My Starving Children and local churches.
Four years ago, they reinvested in Hastings by
building a beautiful new building across from City Hall.
In June 2015 CCM, was ranked No. 2 on its annual list of
Top 100 Wealth Management firms in the nation by CNBC.
Congratulations to Jeff, Greg and the rest of the team
at Carlson Capital Management!
Educator of the Year
Johnson, Social Studies teacher at Hastings Middle
School, is the recipient of the Educator of the Year
Spencer’s passion and enthusiasm for history is evident
in his museum like classroom which gives students a
hands on learning experience with period clothing and
ancient artifacts. Outside the classroom, he engages
students with various educational field trips to the
Minnesota History Center, the Minnesota State Capitol,
The LeDuc Historic Estate and local cemeteries. He’s
extremely active in the LeDuc’s Civil War weekend and
often encourages students to join in on the re-enactment
experience. Spencer also formed the Middle School
outdoor club with activities like fishing, mushroom
hunting, kite flying and more.
He has been leading this club, with help from
others for over 20 years.
Congratulations Mr. Johnson!
Kriha has been selected as the recipient of Volunteer of
Over the years Rita has been involved in countless civic
groups and activities.
Her children grew up watching her volunteer her
time and many talents ranging from organizing Sunday
coffee and donuts, to counting money at church, to
leading, training and advising other volunteers in cash
handling protocols and money counting procedures at
addition, Rita has been active with the Regina Medical
Center Auxiliary since 1975, participating and
supporting the Red Cross Bloodmobile, resident nursing
home bazaars, and publication of the cookbook “Time to
Operate in the Kitchen”.
Rita is also manager of the two hospital gift
shops, selecting merchandise, training staff, providing
starting cash and balancing each machine every day they
are open, and doing inventory at the end of the year. As
if that isn’t enough, Rita also volunteers at Pleasant
Hill Library both as a shelf reader and serving as a
lead for the Friends of the Library Book Sales twice a
year and is actively involved with Oak Ridge Assisted
Living Resident Association and frequently provides
rides to Alzheimer’s patients.
The Hastings Community is honored to have such a
kind and generous woman in our community.