Hubbard: Leaders need vision, ‘bit of luck’

Leaders must have vision, the support of others and some luck, local broadcast executive Stanley S. Hubbard told those attending the Yellow Ribbon Alliance St. Croix Valley Business Leader Luncheon Tuesday.

Hubbard, chairman and CEO of Hubbard Broadcasting, Inc. shared his experience and thoughts about his successes and challenges as a pioneering business and community leader during the event at the St. Croix Valley Church. The luncheon was possible through a grant from the Lower St. Croix Valley Community Foundation.

“A leader has to have vision, gain the support of others, set objectives, keep their word, persevere, and have a bit of luck,” Hubbard said.

Hubbard had his audience laughing about the challenging times and shared how business ideas were brought to fruition.

The Stillwater VFW Post No. 323 recognized Hubbard for his service to the Lower St. Croix Valley communities by presenting a photo of Hubbard as an assistant coach with the Stallion Pee Wee hockey team. Stallion team member Andrew Hine provided a photo of the team at the U.S.A. Hockey Hall of Fame.

In his humble nature, Hubbard continued to recognize others and said that he was just “one of the guys” in the community.

The businesses also had the chance to hear from Annette Kuyper, director of military outreach, with her story on how the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon program started and the importance businesses play in helping the military families through deployment and reintegration.

Service providers were available to answer questions and provide information from Washington County Veteran Services Office, Employers Supporting the Guard and Reserve, Washington County Attorney’s Office and Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.

More 60 businesses from the lower St. Croix Valley attended as well as city, county and state representatives to learn more about supporting the local Yellow Ribbon Alliance and network with local business leaders.

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