Marvin Honored as Distinguished Minnesotan

May 9, 2011

Susan Marvin, president of Marvin Windows & Doors, was presented with the 2011 Distinguished Minnesotan Award by Bemidji State University at its commencement ceremonies last week.

Her father, the late William S. Marvin, received the honor in 1990. First presented in 1981, the award acknowledges the contributions of current or former residents of the state who have performed exemplary service to the people of Minnesota or the United States. 

“Susan Marvin is a stellar example of what the Distinguished Minnesotan Award is all about,” said Richard A. Hanson, president of Bemidji State University. “A product of northern Minnesota, she has remained firmly rooted in her commitment to the area while generously sharing her leadership talents with state and national organizations. She is a superb role model for our students, leading by example and proving once again that hard work and commitment to community are keys to success.”

"I’m deeply honored to receive this award,” Marvin stated. “This recognition reflects the accomplishments of a larger community–the amazing group of talented people whose goal is to lead an industry and have succeeded in doing so. So that’s why I am accepting this honor on behalf of my family and our community. The values I have lived by, the accomplishments, the success … they’re not mine alone. I am proud to share them with a long line of people who showed me that success is not an end in itself, but rather a means to an end. It is what allows us to make lives better for others.

“I’m especially proud to be recognized by a respected institution of higher education,” Marvin continued. “Both my parents believed fervently that education, coupled with hard work, is the key to success in life. I’m confident that this year’s graduates will once again demonstrate the truth of that belief.”

Marvin was recognized for her leadership at the Warroad, Minn.-based window and door business, including the Marvin, Integrity and Infinity brands. She also serves on the boards of directors for Hormel Foods Corp., the University of Minnesota Foundation Board of Trustees and the St. Thomas College of Business Advisory Board of Governors, and is a member of the World Presidents’ Organization and Women Corporate Directors.

Within the industry, Marvin has been an active member of the Window and Door Manufacturers Association and the National Council of the Housing Industry.