Chamber honors businesses at its recognition luncheon
By Heather Graves
GREEN BAY – It was a record crowd at the Greater Green Bay Chamber of Commerce 31st Annual Business Recognition Awards Luncheon and Showcase at the KI Convention Center in downtown Green Bay Tuesday, June 4.
Micky Doyle, special events manager, said more than 550 people attended the annual luncheon.
The event also featured a Business Showcase of more than 45 exhibitors from the area.
According to organizers, the business recognition awards honor outstanding businesses and individuals that are excelling in all aspects of business.
Awards were handed out in five different categories: Business Person of the Year, Cornerstone Award, Entrepreneurial Award, Growth Award and Special Accomplishment Award.
In all, 35 greater Green Bay area business and individual nominees were recognized.
A short video presentation was shown during the event highlighting each nominee’s accomplishments.
Chamber President Laurie Radke presented the awards to the honorees, along with event sponsor Mark Higgins from Johnson Financial Group.
Business Person of the Year Award went to Kate Burgess, CEO of Elevate97.
As president, CEO and owner, Burgess oversees business development, client services, people experience, shared services and operations.
Burgess was described as a leader who inspires motivation and generates synergy.
Other nominees for the Business Person of the Year award included:
• Michell Bartlein, Savoye Salon Spa.
• Pete Dorsch, Dorsch Ford Lincoln Kia.
• Ann Franz, NEW Manufacturing Alliance.
• Tony Hoslet, Hoslet Consulting – Sandler Training Green Bay.
• Lance Peroutka, Element.
The Cornerstone Award was awarded to McDonald Companies.
It was accepted by owner Chester McDonald.
McDonald Companies has been working within northeast Wisconsin for 110 years.
Other nominees for the Cornerstone Award included:
• Bayland Buildings, Inc.
• Camera Corner Connecting Point.
• Green Bay Austin Straubel International Airport.
• Green Bay Floral & Greenhouse.
• Proko-Wall Funeral Home & Crematory.
• Services Plus, Inc.
• VerHalen Commercial Interiors.
The Entrepreneurial Award went to Matchback Systems, Inc.
CEO Todd Ericksrud accepted the award on the company’s behalf.
Matchback Systems is a logistics software company that focuses on reducing costs and improving productivity.
Other nominees for the Entrepreneurial Award included:
• ETS Fitness.
• Jenstar Movement Studio.
• Lucky 7 Dog Rescue.
• MatchBack Systems, Inc.
• Pilotsmith Inc.
• Sepia Chapel.
The Growth Award was presented to The Heel Shoe Fitters and owner Troy Dempsey.
The Heel, located on Wauke Lane in Ashwaubenon, has a team of 34 employees including three certified pedorthists and a team of foot experts.
It also offers a full-service cobbler shop.
Other nominees for the Growth Award included:
• Packer Fastener.
• Profile by Sanford.
• Stellar Blue Technologies.
The Special Accomplishment Award was awarded to Literacy Green Bay.
It was accepted by Executive Director Robyn Hallet.
Literacy Green Bay is a nonprofit organization that focuses on helping adults and families in Brown County acquire the reading, writing, math, English language, computer and workforce skills they need to function effectively as employees and community members.
Other nominees for the Special Accomplishment Award included:
• The Automobile Gallery & Event Center.
• Curative Connections.
• Hotel Northland.
• Lucky 7 Dog Rescue.
• Lyndahl Funeral Home and Cremation Services.
• Old Glory Honor Flight, Inc.
• Wyss Family Clinic of Chiropractic.
More information on the awards and the winners is available online at greatergbc.org/businessrecognition.