Josh was raised in South Minneapolis until he was 10, when the Savages
moved to Eagan. Josh grew up working in the family business and graduated
from Eagan High School in 1996. He then went to school for auto mechanics
in Duluth, working evenings delivering pizza and spending his summers
working for the Forest Service in the Western US.
After getting his 2-year degree, Josh went back to school at St. Cloud
State University during the day and worked as a Chrysler mechanic at night.
Then, when September 11th happened, Josh enlisted in the Army National
Guard as a heavy equipment operator. He was commissioned as an Engineer
Officer in 2005. In 2007, he deployed to Iraq for a year, leading a team
of 42 talented soldiers building combat outposts all over the Sadr City
area of Bagdad. In 2015, Josh was named a Veteran’s Voice awardee
of the Minnesota Humanities Center, which recognizes veterans who are
“thriving and making extraordinary contributions to their communities.”
Sheree Savage grew up in Little Falls, MN. At the age of 17, Sheree joined
the Minnesota National Guard as a carpenter. After graduating, she went
to school for graphic design. She met Josh while he was going to school
for auto mechanics.
After getting an Associate’s degree in graphic design, Sheree worked
at the St. Cloud Times designing newspaper ads. At the same time, she
continued her education, seeking a Bachelor’s degree in marketing
and public relations. After graduation, Sheree accepted a position as
a public affairs officer for the Minnesota National Guard.
In 2011, Sheree worked full time for the St. Paul Public Library system
in public relations, while managing Hero’s graphic design work at
nights and on weekends. In 2014, she joined Hero full time. Throughout
the years, Sheree has remained with the Minnesota National Guard. Today,
she is a Lieutenant Colonel leading public affairs. She has served in
South Korea, Afghanistan and Kosovo.
Today, Josh, Sheree and their two kids live in Eagan, a couple of miles
from where Josh grew up. They strive every day to honor where Hero has
come from and to shape it into a company that employees, customers and
the community can all be proud to call their own. Moreover, Josh and Sheree
have led the way to ensuring the work we do locally has a greater impact
for the greater good.