SAINT PAUL, MN  – The Minnesota Chamber of Commerce has officially unveiled its Leadership Minnesota Class of 2023-24, with Brad Gruhot, President of the Marshall Area Chamber of Commerce, being among the distinguished individuals recognized. The 40-member cohort, chosen for their exceptional leadership skills within the Minnesota business community, recently concluded their comprehensive sessions this month.

Minnesota’s economic vitality emanates from a mosaic of over 100,000 businesses intricately connected in ways not immediately apparent to the casual observer. For a privileged few, the Leadership Minnesota program offers an insider’s perspective into the intricacies that drive the state’s economy. This exclusive initiative also equips participants with insights into how Capitol-crafted public policies directly influence the well-being of each Minnesota-based company. The program, by fostering a robust network among the state’s business leaders, aims to enhance their effectiveness within their respective workplaces. 

Expressing his gratitude, Brad Gruhot, President of the Marshall Area Chamber of Commerce, shared, “I am thankful for the opportunity to have participated in this program alongside a remarkable group of Minnesota business leaders. It has broadened my understanding of our state’s diverse industries and strengthened my connections with talented leaders from various sectors.” 

Doug Loon, President and CEO of the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, expressed enthusiasm about bringing Gruhot into this select class, providing them with an exclusive insight into Minnesota’s pivotal industries and demonstrating the intersection of policy with business. “We appreciate this year’s leadership class dedicating their time to delve into our diverse economy, ensuring they can continue offering robust leadership in their communities and for the state moving forward,” remarked Loon. 

The program spans five sessions, covering diverse topics across Minnesota, running from September 2023 through the following February, with one session held monthly in different regions: 

  • September: Orientation, financial services, and manufacturing (Mankato) 
  • October: Timber, mining, and energy (Northern Minnesota) 
  • November: Health care, retail, and technology (Twin Cities) 
  • January: Agriculture and food production (Southern Minnesota) 
  • February: Role of business in public policy and politics (St. Paul)