Posted on Oct 28, 2022
Congratulations to Bergstrom Studio, the Golden Valley Rotary Club's 2022 Business of the Year!
Rotary Club President, Mary Timmons (center) is pictured with Bob Zagaros, President/Owner (left) and Cindi Bergstrom Kranz, Buyer/Owner (right).
On receiving the award, Zagaros said, "We really enjoy being part of the Golden Valley community. We jumped right in and became part of the Taste & Tour in 2019 and was able to introduce ourselves to a lot of people. I was a member of [Rotary Club #9 Minneapolis] in downtown for years. Rotary is an extremely important organization in our community and in the world. To be recognized by this group is a huge honor! 'Service Above Self' is very important to us. We take care of our customers like they're family. And it pays off. That is why we'll be celebrating 100 years in business next year. Cindi is third generation of the Bergstrom family. Businesses have a hard time making it through to the third generation. Businesses rarely survive 100 years. So we think we've done something right. And we'll continue the traditions and the services that her father taught us; he was our mentor. All we are doing is our job, so for you to recognize that as 'Service Above Self', we appreciate that. So thank you very much!"
Paul P. Harris, an attorney, formed the world’s first service club, the Rotary Club of Chicago, in 1905. The Rotary name derived from the early practice of rotating meetings among members' offices.
Today, business remains an integral part of any Rotary Club. The members of Rotary are identified by vocation on their nametags and members participate in vocational service activities, including tours of businesses and regular speakers from the business and charitable organization communities. October is "Economic and Community Development Month" for the Rotary International calendar. The Golden Valley Rotary Club celebrates by naming a local Business of the Year to honor.
In 2006, the Golden Valley Rotary Club began the annual practice of honoring a business organization based in Golden Valley that exemplifies and shows leadership in good works in the community, is perceived to be a good employer in the community, and is perceived to observe high ethical standards, integrity, competence, and professional contributions in its industry. The honorees have been ATS&R Architects, Courage Center, General Mills, Golden Valley Golf and Country Club, Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery, Golden Valley Chester Bird American Legion, Winkley Orthotics and Prosthetics Company, PRISM, My Music Store, Culver’s of Golden Valley, Animal Humane Society, Tennant Company, Jewish Family and Children's Service of Minneapolis, Best Wishes Floral, and J-HAP and Cornerstone Creek.
Each year, the Past Presidents of our Golden Valley Rotary nominate businesses and discuss their merits. It is our pleasure to name Bergstrom Studio as the 2022 Golden Valley Rotary Business of the Year Award. The presentation was held at Bergstrom Studio on Friday, October 28, 2022.
Bergstrom Studio is being recognized for their commitment to operating with unquestionable integrity and high standing in the Golden Valley community; for providing a lifetime promise to their customers to provide only the finest jewelry backed by the finest service in an intimate setting; and for being an ethically sourced jeweler that guarantees their diamonds are conflict-free. Golden Valley Rotary Club believes that Bergstrom Studio of Golden Valley exemplifies Rotary's motto of "Service-Above-Self".
Past recipients include:
2006 - Armstrong, Torseth, Skold and Rydeen (ATS&R Planners / Architects / Engineers)
2007 - Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute
2008 - General Mills
2009 - Golden Valley Golf and Country Club
2010 - Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery
2012 - Golden Valley Chester Bird American Legion, Post 523
2013 - Winkley Orthotics & Prosthetics
2014 - PRISM Golden Valley, MN
2015 - My Music Store
2016 - Culver's of Golden Valley
2017 - Animal Humane Society
2018 - Tennant Company
2019 - Jewish Family and Children's Service of Minneapolis
2020 - Best Wishes Floral
2021 - J-HAP and Cornerstone Creek