New Business of the Year
Through several years of experience in the automotive repair industry, founder Brad Peterson saw an opportunity to do things differently and follow better business practices to achieve success. The Shop Tire & Service Center in Elk River opened in Elk River three and a half years ago, and has already seen great success. The Shop has very quickly earned a reputation of excellent customer service. The crew at The Shop, all highly skilled and qualified in their industry, are known to go above and beyond for their customers, garnering loyalty and repeat business. They are truly committed to community involvement, not only through support of local organizations, but also supporting the community by doing business with local merchants and businesses whenever possible.
Business of the Year
Kedrick Johnson opened his first ABRA Auto Body & Glass franchise in Elk River 23 years ago. Still family owned and operated, it is currently one of the largest and oldest ABRA franchises in operation. Kedrick has since expanded his business to include locations in Princeton and St. Cloud and the largest mobile auto glass division in the ABRA company. The Elk River ABRA team takes great pride in being an active part of the community through volunteering and partnering with organizations, including ISD728, ERACC, Gifts Anonymous, and more. ABRA is a true gem in the Elk River community, and a great example of success.
Employer of the Year
Guardian Angels is one of the area’s largest employers, and a pillar of the Elk River community. They value their employees and are valued by their employees. Employee recognition is an important part of their company culture, and includes an annual recognition banquet, “Angels Among Us” awards, personalized cards for birthdays and work anniversaries, and “Shout Out”, a program designed to encourage staff to recognize their fellow co-workers for doing a great job. Guardian Angels wellness committee has monthly activities which provide a variety of wellness initiatives to benefit employees. New practices such as a nursing onboarding program, enhanced orientation, and new technology have been implemented to assist with employee retention and engagement.
Young Professional of the Year
Dusty Bredlow, The Bank of Elk River
Dusty Bredlow, Commercial Lender at The Bank of Elk River, influences others with his contagious enthusiasm. His “we can do it” attitude motivates others when he has committed to a project. He serves his customers and co-workers with respect and good humor. He demonstrates professional and personal integrity when leading and is a positive role model for those within his sphere of influence that are seeking to achieve success. He has shown others how to jump in and get involved in their community. Dusty is inspired by opportunities to learn more from the real experiences of business owners and being able to assist in energizing their plans and ideas by crafting sound business deals. He is passionate about turning ideas into reality and seeing the impact they have on the community.
BUSINESSES OF THE YEAR