Community Connections: Gordon Vizecky

Welcome to this week’s Community Connections where each week we highlight a member of the Chamber community. Today it is my pleasure to introduce you to Gordon Vizecky. Gordon is a Senior Director of Business and Legal Affairs for Best Buy. Gordon Graduated from William Mitchell College of Law after receiving his Bachelor’s degree from the University of South Dakota. Gordon lives in Richfield with his wife and two sons and has a deep understanding of the needs of businesses in our community.

In addition to working as Best Buy, Gordon has served on the Chamber Board of Director’s for the past 5 years. He will be finishing out his term at the end of this year and has been a valuable asset to the board. Gordon always brings a unique perspective to our board room discussions and always takes a very level-headed approach to every situation. In addition to his time at the Chamber, Gordon also participates in the Richfield City Planning Commission. With his extensive background and community knowledge, he is an asset to every organization he volunteers his time to.

Recap of a Busy Week at the Chamber!

This has been a whirlwind week with Chamber activities! Last week we held our Monthly Member Meeting and heard an update on 66th Street from Transportation Engineer Jack Broz. If you want current information, please check out the website here. Superintendent Unowski presented on the amazing work of our Richfield Public Schools.

Did you know that Park Nicollet operates a clinic in partnership with the Richfield schools that provides free health care to our student residents from birth to 21 years of age? Did you also know that under the leadership of Principle Daniels, our graduation rates are increasing, especially among our students of color? We also learned that Richfield is home to six public schools in addition to Seven Hills Preparatory Academy.  Seven Hills Preparatory Academy is an award winning, tuition free, public charter school (with bus transit options) located right here in our community. The Chamber will be exploring a greater relationship between our students and business community over the course of the next year. Contact me if you would like an opportunity to be a part of that conversation!
Vinocopia hosted our monthly happy hour and their wine tasting room is amazing! My favorite wine from the evening was the Piattelli Rosé! Stop in to one of our municipal liquor stores and pick up a bottle today! Look for more information on the December Holiday Party to be hosted there for your next opportunity to experience their space.

Over the summer, the Chamber will be developing partnerships with MN Job Match as well as strengthening our partnerships with local Richfield Organizations. If you would like to be a part of the conversation, email me today for more information.

Community Connections: Heather Lenke

School’s out and summer is here and you know what that means- 4th of July is right around the corner! I would like to introduce you to Heather Lenke, President of the Richfield 4th of July Committee! This is Heather’s first year as President and she jumped right in! She has found it so rewarding to connect with so many community members and supportive businesses.

Heather is most excited about this year’s Street Dance! The Street Dance is on July 3rd and kicks off at 4pm with a live radio broadcast from Radio Rey! After that, there will be live music and DJs, so you and your community can dance the night away. Heather has kids from 5-18 years old and found it important to create events this year that children of all ages can enjoy- which is no small task! She starts her day with coffee and I hope she has enough on hand because the 4th of July Party kicks off with family night on July 2 and ends with Fireworks, sponsored by our very own Best Buy.

If you want to find out more about the amazing party Heather and the committee has planned, check out their website here. Better yet, if you want your company to volunteer during these 3 days, email Heather here. This is one of our biggest celebrations of the year, let’s all make a point to be a part of it!

Don’t Miss the Monthly Member Meeting Tomorrow!

Welcome to the Weekly Update! Our Monthly Member meeting is tomorrow, June 21 from 12-1pm. We will be discussing the 66th street construction project, as well as a “State of the Schools” presentation from Superintendent Unowski. Please contact me today if you would like to attend. We have been continuing our work making connections at the Chamber, and if you want something a little less formal, stop by our Happy Hour this Thursday at Vinocopia! We would love to see you there. 

Did you know that Richfield Hosts a 4th of July festival every year? This year, the 4th of July events are kicking off Sunday, July 2 with Family night from 5:00-8:00pm. Monday there is a car show from 10:00-4:00pm followed by a community favorite, the Street Dance! Tuesday the Parade starts at 1:00pm and the day will end with a spectacular fireworks display. Check out the 4th of July Facebook Page for a detailed schedule of events! This is the biggest event of the summer for Richfield! There is still opportunity for you to get your business in front of thousands of potential clients! Email Heather today to find out what your company can do to volunteer!  

Community Connections: Marion Dauner

Welcome to Community Connections! This week I would like to introduce you to Marion Dauner, General Manager of Vinocopia. Vinocopia is a wholesale distributor of wines and spirits, specializing in smaller brands – craft distilled spirits and family-owned wineries. Vinocopia’s parent company owns two Piattelli wineries in Argentina – one in Mendoza and the second in Salta. Vinocopia has grown since its beginning in 2006, to a sales force of 15, serving the entire State of Minnesota. They are known as the “go to” company for specialty wines and spirits.

Marion has been with the company for 11 years and during that time, Vinocopia has been honored as Small Business of the Year, due to her great leadership. With the social nature of the beverage alcohol industry, she is lucky to call dining in nice restaurants and conducting wine & spirit tastings work! I think I would like to spend a day at the office with her! Vinocopia is hosting our next Member Happy Hour. Make sure you stop by to say hello and enjoy some specialty wines.

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