Mike Gruidl, Recently Retired Investment Broker
Mike and his wife, Cathy, raised two kids in Eden Prairie. Even when he was working as an investment broker, Mike dedicated countless hours volunteering in the community. In addition to serving as a leader in the local Lions Club, he organizes drives to collect and distribute winter gear, “energy packs” and bus tokens to homeless people through his friendship with Alan Law, “The Sandwich Man.” He also helped establish his philanthropic pride and joy – the local chapter of Let’s Go Fishing. This “hidden gem” provides free boat trips and fishing for Eden Prairie seniors, veterans and youth.
Dave Fenske, Chief Corporate Officer/Chief Legal Officer, Dayton Rogers Manufacturing
A business executive and law firm co-founder, Dave coached his four Eden Prairie kids’ football, soccer, basketball, volleyball, lacrosse and mock trial teams for over 50 seasons, sometimes juggling two or three sports at a time. He and his wife, Mary, can count the few events they missed on one hand – including their son’s collegiate football games – thanks to the firm-wide, family-friendly culture Dave and his partner nurtured. His memories from running the Salvation Army’s Amazing Race with his three daughters in three successive years are personal treasures. “We laughed and smiled our way through the entire event.”
Mark A. Weber, Executive Director, Eden Prairie Community Foundation
Mark moved around a lot as a kid, but he’s lived and worked in Eden Prairie for decades. Starting as a cub reporter with our local newspaper, he devoted 34 years to journalism as a reporter, editor, publisher and eventually general manager of the parent company. Mark is starting his fifth year leading the foundation’s board of directors in his “encore career” and says that, “after nearly 40 years in the community, I’m still helping write Eden Prairie’s story.” A runner and long-time Rotarian, Mark and his wife, Roma, have two grown sons and live with an elderly Welsh Corgi.
Mike Jennings, Owner, Jimmy’s Kitchen and Bar
Mike started working in his dad’s Jennings Red Coach Inn kitchen when he was 12. The former owner of three restaurants in the Minneapolis Warehouse District, Mike moved his business investment to the suburbs in 2006, opening a modern version of the original family restaurant. He named it Jimmy’s after his dad. Jimmy’s donates 25% of all December gift card sales to local charities – $28,000 last year. Taking “pride in doing my part,” Mike is also involved in the growth of the Minnesota 100 Club, which provides instant help to families of fallen on-duty police officers and first responders.
Lyndon Moquist, Managing Broker, Edina Realty, Eden Prairie Office
Lyndon and his wife, Julie, moved to Eden Prairie to raise their daughters in 1997. They still call it “home.” He’s worked for Edina Realty as a realtor and managing broker for almost 30 years and managed the local branch’s 75 employees since 2012. A dedicated volunteer in the community, Lyndon plays the trumpet at St. Andrew’s Church, chairs the local Tax Board of Appeals and Equalization, belongs to Rotary and coached in the Eden Prairie Soccer Club for over a decade. Lyndon says Eden Prairie feels like “a small, friendly town full of ‘go-givers’ that bring genuine…caring to others.”