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4/19/2017 Chamber News
Eau Claire Chamber Presents Awards at 103rd Annual Meeting

April 19, 2017
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 103rd Annual Meeting on Tuesday, April 18 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 
C&M Properties & Construction, Cody & Molly Filipczak

C&M Properties & Construction has been building quality homes since 2005. They have grown from building four homes per year to 68 per year.

26-150 Employees 
Kristo Orthodontics, Dr. Steve Kristo

Krito Orthodontics has grown form one location to 11. This business has also realized that “giving back” to the community by financially helping many organizations helps make a stronger community.

Woman of Achievement Award
Sponsored by: Ken Vance Motors, HSHS Sacred Heart & St. Joseph’s hospitals and McDonough Manufacturing Company 
Sarah Stokes, Stokes+HERZOG 
Sarah Stokes 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 
Commonweal Development Corporation and Dan Clumpner & Stuart Schafer 

This award was presented to Commonweal Development Corporations for its efforts in economic well being, sense of the community, workforce issues, cultural enhancements and Chamber involvement. We would not have the Confluence Project in downtown Eau Claire without their tireless efforts.

Ambassador of the Year
Sponsored by: Rhom Construction
Mary Glassbrenner, Group Health Cooperative of Eau Claire
Marianne Klinkhammer, Gator Garb Promotions

Mary Glassbrenner and Marianne Klinkhammer were active Ambassadors 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 
Jerry Staniszewski, Eau Claire Police Chief

This award was given to Jerry Staniszewski for being a leader in the community steering a great group of employees who all work countless hours 24/7 to help keep our city and our citizens safe.

Outstanding Chamber Volunteer of the Year
Sponsored by: Royal Credit Union
Julie Kalpinsiki, Mayo Clinic Health System
Julie Kalpinski is a very dedicated volunteer and has a passion for the Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce. She has been actively involve with the Young Professionals of the Chippewa Valley.

Outstanding Young Professional of the Year
Sponsored by: Banbury Place
Daneille Strong, Weld Riley, S. C.
This award was given to Daneille Strong 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 2017-2018..

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

Mary Glassbrenner was the recipient of this award for bringing in the most members in the Chamber's March membership drive.

Business Hall of Fame
Sponsored by Peoples Bank Midwest

L.G. Arnold  (L.G. Arnold, Inc., general contractors )
Gene Grengs (Grengs Theaters)
Leonard Haas (University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire Chancellor)
John H. Kaiser (John H. Kaiser Lumber Company)

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.

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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