Dear ladies and gentlemen!
I am deeply honored to have been selected as the new MCCSF President, SY: 2014-215. I am sincerely grateful for the recognition from the program sponsored by MDA Leadership Consulting Featured in the Twin Cities Business Monthly magazine which initiated the whole event.
I should admit I was a bit stunned when I learned about my nomination. Without false modesty, I feel that other managers are also worthy of this reward. However, I realize that it can't be divided into five, so again I want to express my gratitude to you. I am very pleased to receive this award. I am very pleased also because it was one of my child dreams to stand in front of many people accepting an award recognizing my qualities and achievements. So, today you are present at the fulfillment of my dream. I can't express my excitement and inspiration with this award. Then, in the years of my unclouded childhood I couldn't imagine how interesting my life would be. Of course, I faced a lot of challenges but I succeeded to overcome them and gained outstanding experience. Before entering the business sphere, I served in the U.S. Army. During that time I patrolled the east-west Germanboarder as Cavalry Scout until the wall came down. I also served in Operation Desert Storm. Those days are in the past but something invaluable remains with me. It is my character which was built up then. I had to overcome professional difficulties and personal storms of life, but I succeeded. I started my career as a pressman, and then worked my way to a plant manager that oversees two manufacturing operations. I think this is real success. And today's award is the symbol of that success.
I believe that six qualities which brought me here tonight were gained in the days of my youth. These qualities include professionalism, the demonstration of potential and capacity to grow under corresponding circumstances. I also tried to create the climate in which people are motivated to excel, so...