I moved to Minnesota to attend Macalester College in St. Paul nearly 20 years ago, and found a home in a city and state that celebrate diversity and progressive values. After graduating from Macalester, I moved to Shanghai where I sought to better understand our world and my place in it. I came home wiser than when I left. I joined my dad’s new manufacturing company and I realized the power of entrepreneurship and a team unified in purpose. It strengthened our community and changed peoples’ lives. I was inspired to run and grow my own business and here I learned about leadership, sacrifice, and accountability to employees’ families. We continue to invest in our people, and we’ve been growing and hiring ever since. No challenge is too great with leadership that believes in people, builds trust, and unites diverse groups behind a common purpose.