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2017 Annual Meeting Luncheon

As part of the Chamber’s Annual Meeting, we will be highlighting our successes and efforts for the year, our strategic plan objectives and presenting the ATHENA and Charles DeBono Volunteer of the Year Award recipients.

Steven Schussler, well-known as the creator of the Rainforest Cafe®, is an innovator with the passion and artistic vision for conceiving concepts which appeals to the masses.


Embracing imagination, Steven and his team create restaurants, retail stores, theatrical venues, attractions, and experiences unlike any other!


A master at multi-juggling, Steven is a World’s Premiere Branding Expert, Consultant, Entrepreneur, Restaurateur, Teacher, Motivational Speaker and National Best-selling Author of “It’s A Jungle In There, Inspiring Lessons, Hard-won Insights and Other Acts of Entrepreneurial Daring”. 


Steven created one of the most successful themed restaurants in the world, Rainforest Cafe® (A Wild Place to Shop and Eat®). Opening the first at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota in October 1994, Rainforest Cafe® became the first restaurant to go public with only one unit open.  Steven and his public company built and operated 45 Rainforest Cafe® restaurants in seven years, on three continents and sold the chain to Landry’s Restaurants in 2000. 


Schussler Creative’s concepts include Juke Box Saturday Night, T-Rex, Yak & Yeti, Hot Dog Hall of Fame, Galaxy Drive In, Green Acres Event Center and the Boat House in Downtown Disney, Orlando, Florida and Disneytown, Shanghai Disney Resort®, China which was inspired by Minnesota’s 10,000 lakes. There are many more concepts that are incubating at the Schussler Creative Laboratories in Golden Valley. 


Steven Schussler was honored with the 2017 Innovator of the Year Award by Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal and in 2016, received the Heritage Preservation Award for his outstanding contribution in restoring a historic barn and rehabilitating it to Green Acres Event Center. Steven has been named one of the top 100 entrepreneurs in the country by Entrepreneur Magazine, having received over 40 awards in six years including Fortune Magazine’s “Top 100 Fastest Growing Companies”, and the National Retail Federation’s “National Retailer of the Year.” 


Schussler donates 100% of his book profits to Smile Network International (, an amazing organization that surgically repairs cleft lips and palates of impoverished young people around the world. As a founding member of Smile Network International, Steven continues to be a lifetime advisor of the Board of Directors. Mr. Schussler is also on the Board of Directors for Kona Grill, Inc. which owns and operates 27 upscale casual dining restaurants in 17 states, in the United States. 


Cost to attend: $30 for members and $60 for non-members 




Thursday, December 14, 2017 11:00 AM thru 01:00 PM
Bearpath Golf and Country Club

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