Thursday, January 17, 2013

Chamber honors business and civic leaders at Annual Meeting

Becky Harris, right, accepts
business leadership award
from Sally Roselli's sister,
Julie Wellman.
The Chamber honored a number of local business and civic leaders in front of a crowd of more than 300 people at its Annual Meeting Jan. 17 at Boyne Mountain. The winners were chosen in voting by more than 200 members, local residents and visitors who responded to an online survey. Here are the award winners:  
Sally Roselli Business Leadership Award - Becky Harris for her "vigilant and enthusiastic promotion" as the new manager of the Boyne City Farmers Market, which is now open year-round. (Photo at right)
Community Pride Award - The Boyne City Eagles, who donate money throughout the year to area food pantries, the girl and boy scouts, Community Christmas baskets, school backpack programs, the free clinic and many other organizations.
Volunteer of the Year Award - Gail Farley, who is the driving force behind the Northern Michigan Cancer Crusaders. Gail is also active with the 4th of July Committee, Mushroom Festival and Relay for Life.
Entrepreneur of the Year - Brett Cuper of Morel's Bistro took a closed business that had been closed for four years and turned it into a high-end destination restaurant – enhancing Boyne City's growing reputation as the place to go for all types of dining.
Young Entrepreneur of the Year - Joshua Grove and Michael Koteskey of Boyne Parasail. This dynamic duo worked for months ahead of time, planning and training to start a business that made a big splash right away.
Heritage Award for ongoing contributions to the community by a long-time business leader - We have two recipients of this award because there was a virtual tie between two worthy people:
  • Lynda Christensen of Lynda's Real Estate Service - Besides running a successful business she is constantly helping others in our community. She is active in the Boyne City Booster Foundation, St. Matthew's Church and she runs the Loan Closet, which loans medical equipment  to those returning home from surgery.
  • Hugh Conklin of the Boyne City Main Street Program - Hugh and his wife Susan first came to Boyne City as the owners of the Boyne Citizen. Lately, he has taken our Main Street program to a new level and helped bring our community national recognition. 
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