Visions Receives Turtle Award from the MAICC
Jon Otto, a member of the White Earth Nation and CEO of Visions, Inc., was recognized by the Minnesota American Indian Chamber of Commerce (MAICC) for his commitment of time, talents, and resources to support the MAICC's Mission. One of the first American Indian Chambers in the United States and the first and oldest Chamber for people of color in Minnesota, the MAICC was founded and incorporated in 1986.
Each year, at their Annual Awards Banquet, the MAICC recognizes American Indian entrepreneurs and businesses for service excellence and their commitment to promoting the American Indian business community. This year Jon and his company, Visions, were recognized with the Turtle Award. The Turtle is a spiritual icon for the American Indian People, representing the constant giver, with longevity and wisdom. Criteria for the Turtle Award includes: An individual or organization who volunteers time, energy, and services beyond their normal work responsibilities to support and promote the Minnesota American Indian Chamber of Commerce and the Chamber’s efforts to advance the American Indian business community.
Jon also sits on the MAICC Board of Directors, having served as Board Chair the past four years. He had this to say: "I'm honored to accept the Turtle Award on behalf of my business partner, Rick Hansen, and everyone at Visions. It's truly humbling to be recognized as the constant giver, but feel it's our obligation and duty to give others the same opportunities we've been so fortunate to receive ourselves."
It's the people at Visions who make the difference—with a customer-first philosophy, they're committed to delivering the greatest overall value. In addition to their contributions of time and resources to the MAICC and their NDN-PTAC (Procurement Technical Assistance Center), Visions hires diverse and American Indian owned businesses to support their own business operations. Currently, diverse vendor partners manage their employee health and dental plans, provide IT and technical support services, temporary staffing for their bindery, as well as travel, lawn care, and snow removal services.
Jon and Visions have partnered with the MAICC over the past 8 years in an effort to advance their noble mission:
To promote, advocate, and create economic prosperity on behalf of American Indian businesses, organizations, professionals, and tribal enterprises in a global market.