2020 Friend of the Chamber

The Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce have announced their recipient of the 2020 Friend of the Chamber award - Alomere CEO Carl Vaagenes. 

The Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce proudly announces that Carl Vaagenes, CEO of Alomere Health, is the recipient of the 2020 Friend of the Chamber. The award was presented to Vaagenes at a leadership meeting at Alomere Health on January 4 and will be celebrated during the Chamber’s Virtual Annual Celebration on January 18 at 7 pm. That program is open to everyone and can be viewed on the Chamber’s website at alexandriamn.org.

Vaagenes has been in the health care industry for 35 years, serving in four different CEO positions. He has been at the helm of Alomere Health for the past nine and a half years. He served on the Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) board from 2009-2017, serving as board chair twice during that time. He also served on the American Hospital Association (AHA) Regional Policy Board for three years.

Vaagenes is no stranger to awards. He received the AHA Grassroots Champion Award in 2017 and the MHA Stephen Rogness Distinguished Service Award in 2019. Locally, he has also served on the Unity Foundation Board of Directors, the Alexandria Area High School Champions Committee and is currently the board chair of the United Way of Pope and Douglas Counties. He has been a strong supporter of the Chamber of Commerce through membership, sponsorship support, encouraging and allowing employees time to serve on the board and other committees, and participate in Chamber leadership programs and events.

He and his wife Kristen have two adult children, Levi and Maryn.

The Friend of the Chamber Award was established in 1990 to recognize an individual who has gone beyond expectations in giving of time, resources or influence to benefit the Chamber and its members.