[submitted by Sara Krouse]
More than 80 people gathered Monday at the historic Hotel Stebbins for the annual Algoma Chamber Business Industry and Education Awards.
President John Price, Bank of Luxemburg, commenced ceremonies as the following businesses and organizations were honored for their contributions to the Algoma area community.
Special guest, Mahlon Dier (pictured) celebrated his 70th year of attending Algoma Chamber banquets as the business he started with the LeBotte family, Forestville Builders, was honored with the Family Award for 60 years of quality residential and commercial cabinetry.
Jim Rabas of Algoma Motors (2017 Family Award Winner) presented the family with the award. Dier served as chamber secretary for many years and had leadership in the establishment of the Friendly Algoma Guidebook and sportfishing industry beginning in the 1960s.
Business Award– Presented by Mayor Wayne Schmidt to Ebert Enterprises for a successful Farm Technology Days and continual leadership in the community and dairy industry. Schmidt highlighted the long list of community involvement the Ebert’s participate in yearly: Post-Prom, Concerts in the Park, Shanty Days 5K, Dairy education, Algoma Ice Skating Rink, donations of milk and cheese curds to the Shanty Days Firemen’s breakfast among many other things.
Industry Award – Presented to Ahnapee Brewery by Chamber Director Sara Krouse for leadership and quality production of goods within one’s industry. Now in its first full year of ownership under head brewmaster Nick Calaway, Ahnapee Brewery has quickly become a heavyweight of quality product, top-notch customer service and event coordination within the strong NEW brewing industry. Calaway’s gift for long term vision and eye for design and function allows him to lean in to change and competition and emerge as the leader in his industry. Calaway began the highly successful NEW beer passport this past year and will be heading up Green Bay Craft Beer Week. With the philosophy of “when we rise together the ship floats”, Calaway is also an active supporter of other Algoma businesses, a recent example being the collaboration with Jimmy Eddings of James May Gallery for Ahnapee’s special 5th Anniversary handcrafted beer mugs.
Education –Presented by Algoma High School music teacher, Jennifer Massey, the custodians at Algoma High School, Lori Everard, Steve Jerabek, Paul Kay, and Tim Schmidt were honored for their ongoing dedication to the cleanliness, functionality and safety of the school. Massey noted the extra effort the staff put into their jobs that often go unnoticed.
Aesthetic – John Price, Bank of Luxemburg presented John and Debbie Kiedrowski from CTI Hospitality with the aesthetic award for an incredible remodel to their building at 507 Navarino St. Celebrating 12 years of ownership on June 1, Price the expansion from 23 to 37 employees, all whom reside within a twenty mile radius of the company. Their custom and pre-finished hotel lobby millwork can be seen in hotel chains such as Holiday Inn, Hilton Garden Inn, Hyatts, Embassy Suites, as well as local projects like the Egg Harbor Community Center and Residence Inn in Ashwaubenon. While the award was given for the dramatic outside remodel project, the Kiedrowski’s are 2/3 the way done with an interior remodel, to be revealed in a few months.
Rose Awards – Due to the outstanding responses from the Algoma community and chamber members for the Aesthetic Award, the Chamber board brought back the Rose Award to acknowledge the hard work, money and energy the following businesses spent on their storefronts. Algoma Pizza Bowl, BellaLuna’s Apothecary, The Book Corner, Contract Sales and Operations, and Fifth Steele Place for bringing beauty and new life to their buildings.
As the evening wrapped up, Price noted why the BIE is one of his favorite chamber events – “It’s the time I get to learn the stories behind these amazing businesses that have made Algoma what it is. The history of our business community is incredible important to preserve and share with newcomers as Algoma continues to progress and expand.”