The Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce announced the recipients of its 2017 The EVENT: Celebrating Business Awards.
The annual awards program recognizes individuals who embrace principled leadership, strategic thinking, balanced workplace values and an unrelenting pursuit of excellence. Recipients display a blend of vision, energy, perseverance and skill and have demonstrated outstanding achievement in operating businesses as well as leadership in the community.
Business Hall of Fame inductees: Debra Michiels, retired owner of Fox Banquets & Rivertyme Catering and Thomas Prosser, partner, Dunsirn Partners, LLC
The Business Hall of Fame honor goes to individuals who have demonstrated personal and business success, business leaders who have gained recognition and honor for outstanding achievement in their industry, who have been dedicated to the economic vitality in the community and serve as role models for future generations.
ATHENA Leadership award: Donna Gehl, president, Image Studios
Awarded to a woman who has achieved the highest level of professional excellence, the ATHENA recipient contributes time and energy to improve the quality of life for others in the Fox Cities community and actively assists others, particularly women, in realizing their full leadership potential.
The Champion of the Chamber award: Richard Parks, regional director, Modern Woodmen of America
The Champion of the Chamber award recognizes an individual who, through his or her ongoing volunteer efforts within the Fox Cities Chamber, helps strengthen the local economy through innovative leadership, workforce development, and community and business development. This person influences both members and nonmembers to become more involved in the chamber.
Entrepreneur of the Year award: Doris Ng and Alice Ng, co-owners, GingeRootz Asian Grille
The Entrepreneur of the Year award goes to an individual who, through his or her own risk and initiative, has established a thriving and successful business.
The Gus A. Zuehlke Distinguished Service award, Kathi Seifert, president/owner, Katapult, LLC
This award is named in honor of Gus A. Zuehlke, a past chairman of the board of the Fox Cities Chamber. In the spirit of Gus’ passion for serving his community, this award honors an individual who has made outstanding contributions through leadership in business and service during his or her years as a chamber member. This business leader has been a job creator through business endeavors and has made significant contributions as a driver of economic growth in the Fox Cities. The recipient of this award will have a $5,000 award/grant donated in their name to the charitable organization of their choice.
Joyce Bytof Exceptional Mentor Award: Donald Herrmann, president, Herrmann Advantage Consulting, LLC
This is awarded to an individual who is proactive in the advancement of others by sharing time, talent and business experience for the purposes of promoting growth and opportunity in the Fox Cities community.
Young Professional of the Year Award: Nathan Litt, account director, Quill Creative
The Young Professional of the Year award is first presented at the annual Future 15 Awards, an event celebrating young professionals in the Fox Cities, and selected from a highly accomplished group of Future 15 alumni. The winner is chosen based on their professional achievements, volunteer involvement, community impact, leadership and character. They also must demonstrate significant personal growth and an enhanced commitment to community since their initial recognition as a Future 15 winner.
The awards will be presented at a ceremony on Thursday, Nov. 9 at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center. For more information and to register, visit www.foxcitieschamber.com.