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Superior native earns Phoenix business award

Superior native Eric Bottolfsen was recently named to the Phoenix Business Journal’s 40 under 40 list. The program honors young leaders, judging them on their achievements in business and in the community.

Bottolfsen, 34, grew up in Superior’s South End neighborhood, played hockey for many years at the Superior Amateur Hockey Association and graduated from Superior High School. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Superior in 2008 and earned an Master’s of Business Administration at the College of St. Scholastica.

Bottolfsen is the regional sales director, western region, at MassMutual Financial Group. He has been with MassMutual for four years.

A mentor nominated Bottolfsen for his work with homeless youth.

The Superior native volunteers his time with a collaborative of nonprofit organizations that provide resources and access to housing options that take youth off the streets and away from dangerous environments. Bottolfsen has served as treasurer and chairperson of fundraising for the collaborative and has raised more than $500,000 in the past two years.

He has also been involved in Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Junior Achievement and Make a Wish.

In the article, Bottolfsen shared his most memorable moments in business, such as getting hired as a result of wearing his resume on his T-shirt while waiting tables. He listed his mother as the person who believed in him the most and said he was fortunate to have teachers who looked past the “too cool” talkative teenager and pushed him to succeed.

Bottolfsen’s favorite leadership quote comes from Jack Lemmon: “If you’re lucky enough to do well, it’s your responsibility to send the elevator back down.”