I am delighted with the success of our 25th Anniversary dinner. I often say with pride that this event is the premier business event in the county. Well, we can certainly back that up with the fact that the room was filled with over 450 of McHenry County’s business leaders.
The MCEDC Chairman of the Board, Jamie Maravich, welcomed our attendees and thanked the presenting Sponsors the McHenry County Community Foundation and BMO Harris Bank as well as the Premier Sponsors, Blackhawk Bank, Centegra Health System and Innovative Component Sales and our many Investor Sponsors who all helped make this event a success.
New this year to our event, was recognition by the McHenry County Community Foundation of the Philanthropist of the Year Award. Robin Doeden, Executive Director presented the Award to Don & Chris Schellhaass.
One of the highlights of the evening is always the recognition of the Business Champion Finalists. Our Business Champion Co-Chairs, Steve Middaugh and Sue Dobbe introduced the 18 companies which were finalists.
Our guests enjoyed seeing the lobby display of previous Business Champions as well as those of the 2016 Finalists.
Sage Products CEO, Scott Brown, introduced our keynote speaker, Kevin Lobo, Chairman and CEO of Stryker Corporation. Not only did Mr. Lobo share information on Stryker, but he provided insight into its acquisition of Sage and what an exceptional company it is and that both companies share a philosophy, value system and vision of excellence.
One of MCEDC’s initiatives is our CEO Peer Groups. David Hubbard, MCEDC Secretary introduced our inaugural team which celebrated their first anniversary this month. (New teams are currently being formed and anyone interested in more information should let me know.)
For the past 9 years, the announcement of the 2016 Business Champions is a highlight of the evening. As they accepted their award, each CEO shared their company’s story , all of which were enlightening, encouraging and inspiring.
Gary Reece, Heartland Cabinet Supply
Robert Jessup, Jessup Manufacturing
Jill Dinsmore, JA Frate Companies
Keith Wagner, Fabrik Molded Plastics
Michael Eesley, Centegra Health System
It was a great evening and a spectacular way to celebrate the 25th anniversary of our organization, dedicated to supporting our business community and to making the McHenry County a great place to do business.
We look forward to an exciting 2017...connect with us!