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1/11/2017 3:47:00 PM Email this articlePrint this article 
Dai Thao One Of Twin Cities Business Magazine's Top 100

By Amy Doeun

Dai Thao celebrates the election to the St. Paul City Council with his wife and co-campaign manager Aimee Xiong.
Dai Thao with Commissioner Shawntera Hardy and Aimee Xiong being names ofe of the Twin Cities Business's 100 People To Know.
Each year Twin Cities Business Magazine names its top 100 Emerging Leaders in the community. On December 1st, the Magazine posted their list saying, "It's not what you know, but who you know. We'd suggest you need knowledge, too, but in December, our tradition is to compile the 'who' - the Minnesotans people in business need to know in the year ahead. These are the insiders with the insight, experience and savvy to observe, seek out, and learn from their example."

It went on to say that "power and name recognition," is not the goal of the list. "The editors' goal is to identify the key individuals we expect to make an impact on local business, the regional economy and quality of life in 2017. From those at the top of their industry to "emerging" individuals we hope will one day knock it out of the park, you'll find the people to know in the pages ahead."

This year's named recipients include CEOs of local businesses and nonprofits, Mayors, Deans of Area Colleges and among those, Dai Thao, City Council Member for St. Paul.

The magazine profile of Thao reads, "In 2013, Dai Thao was the first Hmong person to be elected to St. Paul's City Council. He represents Ward 1, which includes the Thomas-Dale and Summit-University neighborhoods. In 2017, Thao will see results from council actions that he supported in 2016, including building a Major League Soccer stadium in St. Paul. He expects adjacent development that broadens the city's tax base. A father of three, Thao advocated for a mandatory paid sick-leave policy in the city. The new ordinance takes effect on July 1, 2017, and most St. Paul employers are subject to it."

Hmong Times spoke with Thao about the honor he said, "The first thing was I was really shocked. You just put your head down and move forward and work. You don't expect to be honored because you don't work for that."

He added, "I hope this award will give hope to young people of color. You should work hard selflessly to better the community and sometimes you are honored and if not that's okay too."

Thao as usual remained humble. He said, "I wouldn't be where I am without the support of the community. They have helped me reach the objectives. No person gets anything done on their own. It's always a community together."

He plans to continue focusing on his work, "I am always trying to be a better servant and council member. I value the recommendations and feedback from the community on ways to improve as well as their support."

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