On the Street business news, March 3

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Steidl qualifies for Circle of Success

Sam Steidl, certified financial planner and a private wealth advisor with Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC. in Alexandria has qualified for the company’s Circle of Success annual recognition program and will be honored for this achievement in 2023.

To earn this honor, Steidl established himself as one of the company’s top advisors. Only a select number of high-performing advisors earn this distinction. He has 17 years of experience in the financial services industry.

Sam Steidl

As a private wealth advisor, Steidl provides financial advice that is anchored in an understanding of client needs and expectations and provided in one-on-one relationships with his clients. For more information, contact Steidl at 320-762-8141, visit the Ameriprise office at 817 Broadway St, Alexandria or visit his website

Iverson receives service award

The Minnesota Association of Farm Mutual Insurance Companies awarded Timothy R. Iverson, manager of Prairie Pine Mutual in Parkers Prairie, the prestigious Robert C. Seipp Service Award during the recent 128th annual MAFMIC convention in Bloomington.

The award is given in recognition of those individuals who have provided service and have given generously of their time and expertise to promote a professional image for the ultimate benefit of the mutual insurance industry.


“Tim has excelled in his service and dedication to his community, policyholders and our industry,” said Prairie Pine Mutual’s Board President Gary Olson.

Iverson began his career with Prairie Pine Mutual as manager in 1985. He has been extensively

involved in the state association and is currently the chairman of the Government Affairs Committee and the PAC Committee.

Iverson also served as a MAFMIC District 3 Director. In 1999-2000, Iverson served

as MAFMIC’s chairman. He holds the designation of Professional Farm Mutual Manager (PFMM) through NAMIC and has also received the NAMIC Merit Award.

Becker achieves record year with ASB

American Solutions for Business sales associate, Kevin Becker, achieved a record year in sales, increasing by 53% in the last fiscal year.

Becker has been with American since 2018.


“Our two main goals for 2023 are to continue to provide creative solutions for my current and new clients, and to find more efficiencies in our processes,” said Becker.

Kevin Becker

ASB’s Regional VP of SOS, Bori Ly, had the opportunity to meet and work professionally with Becker while on the supplier side of the industry.

“He’s not one to just wait for opportunities to fall into his lap,” said Ly. “Through the business he’s receiving through ASB’s SpecConnect program, and his incredible response time, we expect to continue to see him grow his relationships and his sales.”

Rambow honored by Coldwell Banker Crown Realtors

Ashley Rambow of Alexandria, a sales associate/representative with Coldwell Banker Crown Realtors, has been honored as a member of the company’s International Sterling Society.

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Ashley Rambow

This distinguished membership was awarded to the top 15% of all sales associates/representatives worldwide in the Coldwell Banker system. Each sales associate/representative is an independent contractor affiliated with a Coldwell Banker franchised office.

"Ashley Rambow is a dedicated and knowledgeable Realtor who always goes above and beyond for her clients. Her excellent communication skills and attention to detail ensure that every transaction runs smoothly and efficiently,” said Brandon Johnson, managing broker at Coldwell Banker Crown Realtors. “With her expertise and personalized approach, Ashley consistently delivers exceptional results and earns the trust and loyalty of her clients."

Coldwell Banker Crown Realtors located at 625 Broadway St, Alexandria, can be reached at (320) 762-2172.


BNI generates $20.6M billion in revenue over 12 months

BNI (Business Network International), the world's leading business referral organization, is demonstrating the power of referral networking and word-of-mouth marketing through its one proven platform.

BNI Members worldwide generated over $20.6 billion in revenue in the past 12 months alone. It was made possible by 13.5 million referrals passed across the BNI community between members who represent hundreds of different professions. Since inception in 1985, BNI has helped 1.9 million businesses garner over $164 billion in revenue.

Todd Emmons is a long-time member of the local BNI chapter, Runestone Referrals.

Todd Emmons
Todd Emmons

To learn more about BNI and how to visit a free chapter, call (800)-825-8286 (USA) or (internationally).

ASB extends improved technology

American Solutions for Business has announced the immediate availability of ACES ELiTE stores, extending the improved technology and enhanced front-end experience of ACES (American’s proprietary eCommerce platform) to a wider range of sales associates and customers.

"We just completed our three-year ELiTE Product Roadmap, leveraging the newest Microsoft Core and PowerBI technologies," said Vice President of Technology Mike Pfeiffer. “Our amazing team did so despite a worldwide pandemic and unprecedented cybersecurity attacks and threats to our industry.”

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