Anoka High grad rings New York Stock Exchange bell

An Anoka High School graduate March 15 helped ring the New York Stock Exchange bell after he was recognized as one of the top four employees in 2012 for an international company that employs about 7,000 people.

“It’s quite a rush. It’s definitely my biggest brush with fame,” said Dale DeSteno, who graduated from Anoka High School in 1996 and now lives in Elk River.

Dale DeSteno (right) was one of four Kelly Services, Inc. employees who helped ring the New York Stock Exchange bell March 15. Eighteen people were on stage at the time including his wife Emily (center) and Kelly Services Senior Vice President and General Manager Mike Webster (left). Submitted photo

Dale DeSteno (right) was one of four Kelly Services, Inc. employees who helped ring the New York Stock Exchange bell March 15. Eighteen people were on stage at the time including his wife Emily (center) and Kelly Services Senior Vice President and General Manager Mike Webster (left). Submitted photo

DeSteno has been working for Kelly Services Inc. for 10 years and is based out of the St. Louis Park office. He and three others from St. Louis, Mo.; China; and France received the company’s most prestigious award named after William Russell Kelly, who founded the company in 1946.

Kelly Services helps companies find temporary, full-time and part-time workers. DeSteno specifically works with engineering and technical company recruiters that are looking to fill part-time and full-time positions. He was nominated by numerous senior managers, co-workers and customers because of his dedication to the company.

Dale and his wife Emily were flown out by Kelly Services to New York City March 13-17 and the NASDAQ stock market ringing ceremony took place March 15. The four award winners were joined by Kelly Services upper level management and spouses on the studio stage in the NASDAQ Marketsite building where the ceremony takes place. One notable attendee was former Kelly Services chief executive officer and current chairman of the board Terry Adderley.

DeSteno has seen the ceremony on television, but never in person. He was surprised by how much of a studio production it is. There are no stock brokers around, only producers and cameras.

Getting into the building was like going through airport security. They were in the NASDAQ Marketsite building for about an hour, but only on the stage for 15 minutes for photos and ringing the bell. Once they stepped off the stage, a CNN television show occupied the space.

DeSteno briefly felt like a celebrity when a random person in Times Square recognized him as one of the people on the large Times Square screen when they were replaying the video.

“It was first class all the way,” DeSteno said about the experience.

Eric Hagen is at eric.hagen@ecm-inc.com

 
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