WolvesCare Spotlight: C.H. Robinson CEO John Wiehoff

C.H. Robinson CEO John Wiehoff, right, chats with John Focke on the Northland Ford Tipoff Show prior to Minnesota's Jan. 8 game against the Hawks at Target Center.

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C.H. Robinson Worldwide CEO John Wiehoff says his basketball roots make for a fun partnership with the Timberwolves FastBreak Foundation, but at the end of the day, it’s all about impacting the community.

“One of the things we want as a company is to have a really positive impact and presence on the community, both as a company and as individuals,” Wiehoff said. “When you can do something like that, that you feel makes a difference, it feels like we’re accomplishing our grander purpose of our company.”

Three years ago, C.H. Robinson and the FastBreak Foundation met to discuss their mutual goals and prospects for the community, and together, they developed WolvesCare.

WolvesCare month, presented by C.H. Robinson Worldwide, turns the FastBreak Foundation's attention to some of the Timberwolves smallest fans, but those with the biggest hearts: children suffering with terminal of long-term illness. Through events at Target Center and around the community, the Foundation works to support and encourage these courageous children and their families, as well as raise awareness for some of the illnesses that impact their lives.

Wiehoff has been with C.H. Robinson for 20 years, and his time there has allowed him to play a big role in community outreach initiatives. It’s also allowed him to gain valuable perspective, whether it’s honoring local military personnel or kids dealing with life-altering circumstances.

Not to mention, Wiehoff is no stranger to the basketball community. He played for St. John’s University and was an All-MIAC First Team selection in 1982-83 and 1983-84.

Wiehoff also tallied two national tournament appearances in his last two years playing for the Johnnies that resulted in a few run-ins with some famous faces – his favorite being Wolves assistant coach Terry Porter.

“We played in a Christmas tournament,” Wiehoff said about Porter, who played for University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point from 1981-1985. “I often brag about that brush with fame.”

Wiehoff got a chance to reminisce with Porter at last year’s Taste of the Timberwolves outing, and he’s looking forward to a bright future and memorable moments with the FastBreak Foundation.

As a company, C.H. Robinson looks to continue to grow and develop a presence around the world in third party logistics, and C.H. Robinson’s community outreach initiatives will follow suit, Wiehoff said.

“Our intent on the community and charitable activities is to grow as well,” he said. “We hope this is year three of a very long-term partnership that continues to grow and expand in whatever ways that make sense for the kids and the community.”


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