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Russell Hanson
AB Vacuum Center
– 2008

Russ HansonRuss Hanson was the founder /owner of AB Vacuum Center of Willmar and Marshall, MN. He entered the vacuum industry in 1973 selling Kirby vacuums and later opened an “All Brands” vacuum store in Willmar, MN. He expanded his business in 1994 by opening a second store in Marshall, MN. That same year he was the VDTA Vacuum Salesperson of the Year. During his 35 years in the industry he became a leader in sales, a mentor to his peers, and had a deep passion for the business he had built. He contributed so much knowledge to the industry, not only to his customers, but to his peers, sales reps, and other industry leaders. Russ was married to Barb Hanson for 37 years and had three children, Trevor, Tanya, and Trent. Before he entered the vacuum industry, he was active in the United States Navy, and later in the Marine Corps, where he served his country in Vietnam. He was honorably discharged from the military in 1969, receiving numerous metals, including the Purple Heart. Russ loved fishing and running his business, but what he enjoyed most was spending time with his seven grandchildren. Russ died peacefully at his home on November 22, 2008, after a courageous battle with cancer. He is greatly missed by his family, as well as others in the vacuum industry.