Maplewood, MN — Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest (JAUM) announced that Gordon Viere has earned the organization’s top award for volunteerism, the Gold Leadership Award. Viere is one of only 12 individuals throughout the United States to receive this award. This award has been given since 1978 in recognition of Junior Achievement volunteers who exemplify the ideals of creativity, effectiveness and a deep commitment to the future of our nation’s youth
“Gordy is a wonderful example of how one person can make such a difference in the lives of young people in our community,” said Gina Blayney, president and CEO of JAUM. “He helps students throughout Minnesota develop financial literacy, college and career readiness and entrepreneurship skills, contribute to the community and participate in the revitalization of the economy. He is a dedicated advisor, supporter and friend of JA.”
Viere has served on the JAUM board of directors for eight years and is the Chief Wealth Advisory Officer of CliftonLarsonAllen, a Minneapolis-based professional services firm, after stepping down as CEO in December 2014. His personal commitment to JA’s mission led him to strengthen the existing partnership between the organization and CliftonLarsonAllen by sponsoring six local schools, hosting numerous JA Job Shadow events, and recruiting hundreds of firm employees to volunteer with JA. CliftonLarsonAllen supports Junior Achievement activities in the Twin Cities, New Ulm, Brainerd, Waite Park, Mankato, Owatonna and Alexandria. Viere’s voice during his tenure as the CEO of CliftonLarsonAllen has resulted in one of JAUM’s largest corporate partnerships locally and a partner for JA offices throughout the country.
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