Special Olympics Minnesota names Dave Larson 2022 Board Chair

Special Olympics Minnesota is pleased to announce that Dave Larson, the President and CEO of Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union, was named 2022 Board Chair of Special Olympics Minnesota.

“I’m so excited Dave will be leading our Board of Directors as the Board Chair,” said Special Olympics Minnesota President & CEO Dave Dorn. “Dave brings an impressive list of awards and recognitions for his outstanding leadership and with his help, Affinity Plus has become one of our most active and dedicated corporate partners. We are fortunate to have Dave use his commitment to inclusion and exemplary leadership skills to lead and grow our organization, strengthen our team, expand our reach for the future and fulfill our mission in Minnesota!”

Special Olympics Minnesota’s Board of Directors is comprised of up to 20 members of business leaders, disability advocates, and Special Olympics Minnesota athletes. The role of the Board of Directors is to be the primary force pressing and motivating Special Olympics Minnesota to fulfill its mission. Board members fulfill their duties by attending quarterly meetings, volunteering at events, fundraising and participating in the Polar Plunge.

Dave has volunteered in fundraising and leadership roles with Special Olympics Minnesota for nearly 14 years, including helping reenergize the Polar Plunge fundraiser the past two years by partnering with Affinity Plus to provide seed donations for new and returning plungers – as well as encouraging alternative ways to “plunge” virtually during the pandemic.

As CEO of Affinity Plus, Larson led the turnaround effort to strengthen and rebuild the credit union. The success and organizational culture built at Affinity Plus led to Larson’s 2018 and 2020 recognition by the Star Tribune as “Top CEO” among large companies. He was also named to Minnesota 500 list of “Most Powerful Business Leaders in Minnesota” the past four years. In 2019, Larson was honored as a Minnesota Credit Union “Outstanding Professional of the Year.” Under his leadership, Affinity Plus has been named a “Top Workplace” by Star Tribune and designated a “Best In-State Credit Union” by Forbes four years in a row. Larson has a genuine care for the employees, the credit union’s members, and the communities that Affinity Plus serves.

To learn more about Affinity Plus, please visit www.affinityplus.org.