Distinguished Alumni

2017 - Daniel Florness

Education - B.S., University of Wisconsin-River Falls, 1986, Accounting
Hometown - Bay City, Wis. 
First Position - Working on a family farm
Current Position - Chief Executive Officer, Fastenal Company (Winona, Minnesota)

Daniel Florness is the chief executive officer of Fastenal, a global industrial supply company with annual revenues of $4 billon. For two decades, Florness has played a central role in executing the company's strategy.

In his previous role as chief financial officer, Florness developed Fastenal's growth and profit drivers, while also serving as an executive vice president. At one point, he led the company's National Account sales division, representing more than 40 percent of their business. In 2012, The Wall Street Journal recognized Florness as one of the nation's ten best CFOs. He was also named "CFO of the Year" by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal. Before joining Fastenal, Dan spent ten years with the public accounting firm of KPMG, LLP.

Florness is a board member for the Winona chapter of the American Red Cross and serves on the endowment committee of Faith Lutheran Church in Winona. He is also a board director for PlastiComp Inc., a global provider of long-fiber reinforced materials and technologies, and Winona Golf and Dining, a restaurant and golf operation. Florness recently joined the Gundersen Health System's Board of Trustees. He previously served the Winona Community Foundation and was a member of the National Sponsors Board for the National FFA Organization. Florness and his wife, Jennie, reside in the Winona area with their four children.