Larkin Hoffman COO named National MS Society Volunteer of the Year
Dick Knutson, Larkin Hoffman’s longtime chief operating officer, has been named the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s National Volunteer of the Year for his leadership, passion and commitment to advancing the movement to create a world free of MS and address the challenges of those affected by the disease. Dick accepted the organization’s most prestigious honor Friday, November 8, at the National MS Society Leadership Conference in Denver.
Knutson has been a dedicated leader with the Society, contributing across all levels of the organization, including serving more than 17 years on the Upper Midwest Chapter Board of Trustees and on the National Board of Directors since 2008.
“Over the last two decades, Dick Knutson has been an invaluable leader in the movement to create a world free of MS — demonstrating profound dedication and passion and always keeping people with MS at the center of everything he does,” said Holly Anderson, president of the National MS Society, Upper Midwest Chapter. “He has made an indelible mark on the lives of families living with this disease and his extraordinary commitment is nothing short of inspiring.”
At the chapter level, Dick has filled many significant roles, including board chair, treasurer, governance committee chair and finance committee chair, and he currently serves on the executive, finance and audit committees. In addition to his service on the National Board of Directors, Dick serves on the national chapter relations, finance, and insurance committees. He provides on-the-ground support throughout the year at local events and programs and is a strong advocate for those touched by the disease. An ardent supporter of independent living, Dick played a critical role in the development of Minneapolis’s Kingsley Commons in 2007 — one of the nation's first apartment buildings designed to provide accessible, affordable housing to people with MS.
Larkin Hoffman has a long tradition of giving back to the community,” said Bill Griffith, president of the firm. “Dick has been a tireless advocate for the MS Society and has supported our efforts to organize giving campaigns, sponsorships and teams of employees, friends and clients to ride in the MS 150 Bike events.”