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4/20/2016 Chamber News
Eau Claire Chamber Presents Awards at 2016 Annual Meeting

April 20, 2016
News Release
For Immediate Release

Contact: Bob McCoy
Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce
101 N. Farwell Street, Suite 101
Eau Claire, WI
(715) 858-0612  


EAU CLAIRE, WI - The Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce presented the following awards at its 102nd Annual Meeting on Tuesday, April 19 at the W.R. Davies Center, University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire.

Small Business of the Year
Sponsored by: Charter Bank and Wipfli
Given based on the following criteria: staying power, growth in number of employees, increase in sales and/or unit volume, financial success, entrepreneurship, innovativeness of product or service, offered response to adversity, community involvement, and innovative efforts shown in area of local or national interest.


1-25 Employees
Volume One

Volume One magazine is the fast-growing culture and entertainment publication of the Chippewa Valley. The business began 15 years ago just recently printed its 300th edition. The business now has 23 employees.

26-150 Employees
Royal Construction

Royal Construction Inc. is a commercial construction and industrial design firm comprised of experienced, innovative and talented professionals. The company began nearly 50 years ago.

Woman of Achievement Award
Sponsored by: Ken Vance Motors, HSHS Sacred Heart & St. Joseph’s hospitals and McDonough Manufacturing Company
Disa Wahlstrand, Ayres Associates
Disa Wahlstrand was honored as an individual who strives toward the highest level of professional accomplishment for women who excel in their chosen field, have devoted time and energy to their community in a meaningful way, and who open paths so that others may follow.

Community Development Award
Sponsored by: Northwestern Bank
Country Jam USA

This award was presented to Country Jam USA for its efforts in economic well being, sense of the community, workforce issues, cultural enhancements and Chamber involvement. Operating for more than 25 years, Country Jam is an attraction for tens of thousands of people every summer and has a major economic impact to the county.

Ambassador of the Year
Sponsored by: Rhom Construction
Mary Glassbrenner, Group Health Cooperative of Eau Claire
Mary Glassbrenner was an active Ambassador participating in all activities, including numerous ribbon cuttings, and always doing the extra things to make the organization a success.

Public Employee of the Year
Sponsored by: B-Framed Galleries
Michael Golat, City of Altoona

This award was given to Michael Golat for his involvement in significant development projects. He has worked diligently with developers and elected officials to make it all happen in the City of Altoona.

Outstanding Chamber Volunteer of the Year
Sponsored by: Royal Credit Union
Kate Banchy, Spectrum Insurance Group

Kate Banchy is a very dedicated volunteer and has a passion for the Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce. She has been an Ambassador for many years and chairs the Health & Wellness Committee.

Outstanding Young Professional of the Year
Sponsored by: Banbury Place
Michelle Harris, Charter Bank
This award was given to Michelle Harris for demonstrating the core values of YPCV; integrity, diversity, professionalism, and entrepreneurial spirit. She has been an active member of the Young Professionals Committee serving as chair in 2014-2015.

Top Membership Salesperson
Mary Glassbrenner, Group Health Cooperative of Eau Claire

Mary Glassbrenner was the recipient of this award for helping the Chamber in maintaining its membership at 1,218.

Business Hall of Fame
Sponsored by Peoples Bank Midwest



Gustav Lange, founder of the Lange Canning Company
Virgil Dufeck, Eau Claire Energy Cooperative
Charlie Grossklaus, Royal Credit Union
Raymond Theisen, Consumers Co-op

The Business Hall of Fame award recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to their business and the community. There are two types of awards - a Business Hall of Fame for individuals from the previous fifty (50) years from the current year and a Historical Business Hall of Fame for any period prior to the last fifty (50) years.


Logo - EC Chamber 2014


About the Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce
The Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce is the advocate of business. The Eau Claire Chamber is proud to be part of the Eau Claire community for 100 years. More than 1,200 businesses and organizations pride themselves as being members of the Eau Claire Chamber.


"Our Community is Our Business"

Thanks to Our Chamber Partners