Wilf Board Set to Meet

Zygi Wilf has wanted to create a board of advisors from the business community since the day he officially purchased the Vikings two years ago. That day has arrived as his 25-member advisory board is set to meet with Wilf for the first time later this week.

When Zygi Wilf bought the Vikings two years ago, one of the things he believed Red McCombs was missing during his ownership was having a good feel for the climate of the local business community. As a result, Wilf wanted to create a board of advisors that would give Wilf advice and feedback on business and community needs.

Wilf's board has become a reality. The 25-member board of advisors is scheduled to have its first full meeting with Wilf Thursday – coinciding with the Vikings' organizational retreat.

While the names of the advisory board members weren't made public, team officials claim they are CEOs of companies, charity/civic group executives, captains of industry and community leaders.

The advisory board is scheduled to meet once or twice a year to give Wilf a feel for the current business climate.

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