Minneapolis Breakfast Club

People’s Champ awards!

Early Birds: Dick Anderson was the first to arrive this morning.

President Mark Arnold brought the meeting to order with a ring of the bell and a joke.

Guests: Matt Ladoff (our speaker) was a guest of Jerry Olson. Michael VanDyken of Bartlett Tree Experts (and a nephew) was a guest of Chuck Shreffler.

Honorary Members: Mark Simon, Russ Bremner, Tom Donnelly, and Dick Nelson joined us this AM.


  1. There will be a board meeting next week.
  2. Next week is a joint meeting with the Ham and Eggs Group and Congressman Dean Phillips will be our guest speaker. Please bring a guest and be prepared to ask questions.
  3. Isaac Sandberg is excited to announce he has a baby sister, Ada Kay Sandberg, born July 31st weighing in at 7 lbs, 6 ozs. Mom and Dad (Robert) are doing great.
  4.  Great time on the Boat Cruise last week. Mike sent out a lot of photos and probably even held some back….

Business Networking: None today

Business Exchange: Jim Erickson started us off and was followed by Dave Bell, Paul Ralles, and Bill McReavy Jr.

Business Updates: Craig Blixrud has left Coldwell Banker Burnet after 20 years and started his own brokerage, Lone Birch Realty.

Table Introductions:  Table #3 was introduced by Dave Mitchell with a theme of “Dream Getaway”.

Pot of Gold: Jerry Olson drew in place of Mike Palm (who is resting somewhere on the North Shore) and the big winner was Jim Erickson.

Craft Talk:

Jerry introduced our craft speaker that he met on a flight to Colorado. Matt Ladoff of Wallin Education currently graduated from the U of M and worked with 3M for a number of years in for profit and non-profit areas.

Matt took a break from work and traveled to 22 countries with a friend and had a life changing experience.


Here’s information about The People’s Champ Award


Matt challenged us to Listen, Care, and Try. He also challenged us to lift our heads up and observe and recognize the people around us who are living up to The People’s Champ award in the way they Listen, Care, and Try. Many of you took one or more People’s Champ metals to award to those people who are doing random acts of kindness. Please document these awards with a photo and a short description of the award recipient and why you made the award. You can post these on The People’s Champ Instagram or Facebook pages, or email the photo and story to Jerry or Matt.

Matt will come back to the Breakfast Club later this year to update us and hear our stories of People’s Champ Award winners we’ve recognized.






Register for the Pot of Gold to Jerry Olson at jerry@theResultants.com or 651-301-1251

Looking ahead

August 21 is US Congressman Dean Phillips (brought by Jim Erickson) at ECC

August 28 is Les Jones Roofing at ECC

September 4 is HouseLift at ECC