On the Street business news, Feb. 17

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Lee to attend Country Radio Seminar

Chelsea Lee, morning co-host for KIKV Radio in Alexandria, is one of five notable rookies who was selected to attend the annual Country Radio Seminar at Nashville’s Omni Hotel next month.

“It’s an honor to be chosen for any award of scholarship but to get the opportunity to attend CRS as a Lisa McKay Scholarship winner,” Lee said in a Feb. 6 story by Country Aircheck Weekly. “Her legacy of supporting women in our industry is well-known to me, and I strive to work as hard as she did to raise others up.”

Chelsea Lee

Country Radio Broadcasters, Inc. – a 501c3 non-profit, industry service organization – is responsible for staging the annual Country Radio Seminar, a three-day educational event that gathers key business leaders in various radio and music industry fields, featuring presentations on best business practices, emerging technology, personal career development and new music showcases.

LSS honors Shaskey-Setright with leadership award

Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota recognized Jody Shaskey-Setright as one of nine honorees statewide who received the 2022 President’s Leadership Excellence Award.

The award recognizes exceptional employees who demonstrate outstanding leadership, inspire colleagues, drive innovation and build community.


Shaskey-Setright is a director of regional operations for Behavioral Health in Alexandria. She and her team provide a wide array of behavioral health services for children, individuals, couples, families and older adults.

Jody Shaskey-Setright

“With her 30 plus years at LSS, Jody continues to show passion for her work and the services that she provides. She remains incredibly client-centered and committed to quality work,” said Patrick Thueson, president of Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota. “She has been a steadfast champion for children and recruits our statewide team to be trained to integrate specialized services for early childhood. She is an expert that is continually available for consultation and encouragement regardless of her busy schedule. I am thrilled to recognize Jody with the 2022 Leadership Excellence Award.”

Edina Realty presents awards to top Realtors

Edina Realty, a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate and the Midwest's largest residential real estate firm with approximately 2,500 Realtors, recently announced that the following Realtors from the Alexandria office are being recognized for outstanding sales performance, market knowledge and customer service as members of Edina Realty's Executive, Elite, Diamond, Platinum or Crystal Circles.
Stu Wood – Executive Circle, Gloria Iverson – Platinum Circle, Nicole and Mitch Doering – Platinum Circle,
Wendie VanKirk – Platinum Circle, Julie and Shawn Olson – Crystal Circle, Christy Schmitz – Crystal Circle, Denise Dougherty – Crystal Circle, Lorie and Jim Irwin – Crystal Circle, Mandy Rudy – Crystal Circle, Sue Palmquist – Crystal Circle.
Membership in Edina Realty’s Circles places them among the top Edina Realty Realtors as follows: Executive Circle – top 3%; Elite Circle – top 7%; Diamond Circle – top 12%; Platinum Circle – top 24%; and Crystal Circle – top 37%.
“The agents we’re celebrating today have had a great year thanks to their hard work, honesty, innovation and willingness to do whatever it takes to help their clients,” said Sharry Schmid, Edina Realty president. “It’s because of agents like these that Edina Realty continues to lead the regional market, now for the 23rd consecutive year.”

Johnson joins Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce

The Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce announced the addition of Macy Johnson to its staff. She will serve as the Chamber’s Member Relations Specialist.

Johnson graduated from North Dakota State University with a Management Communication degree. She was most recently employed as a personal assistant to the CEO of You Betcha, LLC and as the competition coordinator and instructor for the Red River Dance and Performing Arts Company.

Macy Johnson

ASB names advisory board members

American Solutions for Business of Glenwood has announced new members joining its Vendor Advisory Board, effective January 1, 2023.

Since 2019, the board has continued to assist in propelling American into a future that successfully collaborates with suppliers and distributors in a way that both sides are heard and appreciated. Although the inaugural team served an extra year, members moving forward will serve a total of two years.


“We feel great about where this board has brought us thus far,” says Dana Zezzo, vice president of marketing, vendor relations and events. “The impact that these individuals have already made towards our approach to the relationships we’re building with our suppliers is incredible.”

Incoming members for 2023-2025 include: Kim Newell (Gold Bond), John Abbott (Abbott Label, Inc.), Mark Gammon (Cap America), and Kevin Mullaney (PDF Print). They will be joining the following members that will be rolling off in 2024: Marc Held (alphabroder), Dan Taylor (BamBams), Melissa Ralston (Koozie Group), Beth Marston (Navitor), Jarod Thorndike (SAGE), Kevin Walsh (Showdown Displays), Roni Wright (The Book Co.) and Bob Saunders (Wise).

Members rolling off the board after serving from 2019-2022 include: Steven Osterloh (Ennis), Scott Leonard (Hit Promotional Products), Phil Sperling (Print Co.) and Miles Wadsworth (Logo Mats, LLC).

ASB hosts National Sales Conference

American Solutions for Business of Glenwood hosted over 660 attendees at its National Sales Conference in Nashville, including over 150 exhibiting supplier partners, making this their highest attended conference to date.

“My favorite part of this event each year is seeing the American family connect in-person,” expressed Founder & CEO of American, Larry Zavadil. “Somewhere between our packed schedule and exploring the city, we always make time for an American family reunion.”

As with all ASB events, there were opportunities to contribute to charitable efforts. The American Memorial Walk was hosted in honor of late ASB sales associate, Frank Quinlan, which resulted in $8,000 to St. Christopher’s Hospital. Another independent effort allowed attendees to purchase and sign floor decal records at the event, contributing $15,000 to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

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