Bigwood Lecture

Fergus Falls campus alumnus, David Lenzmeier
to speak at 2017 Bigwood Lecture April 6, tonight!

David Lenzmeier talks about his presentation tonight and a little about his history. He is very motivational. You can listen to the interview that was on KBRF AM 1250 earlier today. Hope to see you tonight!

Listen as FACF Vice President Greg Wagner visits with KBRF AM 1250 host James Allen during Community Hour. Greg talks about the upcoming Bigwood Lecture and the speaker, David Lenzmeier.


Funded in part through an endowment by Otter Tail Power Company in 1991, the Lecture honors the late Bob Bigwood, who served as Otter Tail Power president and chairman of the board. Bigwood’s leadership in civic affairs, at Otter Tail Power and at M State – Fergus Falls campus as a founder of both the College and Fergus Area College Foundation sets the standard for the Lecture’s continuing recognition of engaged leaders and citizen participation.

David Lenzmeier, CEO of Milk Specialties Global, is an alumnus of M State Fergus Falls. He played football while he was a Spartan and continues to be a great supporter of Spartan athletics today. David was awarded the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2013 for the Upper Midwest.

Eden Prairie-based Milk Specialties Global company is the largest independent processor of whey and specialty protein ingredients, which are used for everything from animal nutrition to sports-and-fitness supplements. Lenzmeier said the company started with just a couple of hundred employees, and now boasts 540, with 10 manufacturing facilities.

Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal asked Lenzmeier, “What are your three tips for managing and motivating your people?” His answers:

A leader creates more leaders through mentoring. We take the time to build and develop our team. It has proven more valuable than anything else.

Communicate the company’s goals monthly, quarterly and annually so that everyone is part of the team and its success.

Lead by example — don’t ask your employees to do a job you would not do yourself.

The Bigwood Lecture is April 6 at 7 p.m.  It is free for all to attend and is a way to recognize engaged leaders and citizen participation. We hope you can join us.



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