Cornerstone Credit Union Awards Scholarships to Local Students

Cornerstone Credit Union Awards Scholarships to Local Students

 

FREEPORT, IL Cornerstone Credit Union proudly announces the recipients of their 2017 Founders’ Scholarships: Emily Diffenderfer, Orangeville High School; Heather Musser, Stockton High School; and Priscila Castillo, Sterling High School. Each will receive a $5,000 scholarship in graduated payments over four years to encourage degree completion.

“A solid education enables a solid future for our children, which is why Cornerstone Credit Union is happy to offer these scholarship awards annually,” stated Gail Clore, Cornerstone Credit Union President/CEO. “We take joy in recognizing these outstanding local students−Emily, Heather and Priscila− who have demonstrated leadership and dedication throughout their high school years and were chosen for their commitment to furthering their education and community involvement. We congratulate this year’s recipients and wish them success in their college experience and future careers,” added Clore.

Emily will be attending Highland Community College, and then transferring to a 4-year college to pursue a degree in Engineering. Heather will be attending Augustana College in Rock Island, where she will major in Communications. Priscila will be attending Sauk Valley Community College before transferring to Illinois State University to pursue a degree in Elementary Education.

Established in 1939, Cornerstone Credit Union is a full-service, not-for-profit financial cooperative with $106 million in assets, serving over 14,000 members. Cornerstone offers service centers in Freeport, South Beloit and Sterling. Membership is open to anyone living or working in the Illinois counties of Boone, Bureau, Carroll, JoDaviess, Lee, Ogle, Stephenson, Whiteside, and Winnebago; and Rock and Green counties in Wisconsin. Visit cornerstonecu.org to learn more.

 

 

 

 

 

Pictured: Pricila Castillo, Heather Musser, and Emily Diffenderfer

 

CONTACT:   Lorna Cote, Marketing Director, phone 815-235-5855;

email lcote@cornerstonecu.org

SwedishAmerican to Celebrate its 106th Anniversary

SwedishAmerican to Celebrate its 106th Anniversary &

Host Founder’s Week Activities, June 4 – 9

 

SwedishAmerican Hospital was founded on June 6, 1911. To celebrate and honor its 106th anniversary, SwedishAmerican, a division of UW Health, is hosting a week-long celebration, June 4 – 9.

On Sunday, June 4 from 1 – 4 PM, the SwedishAmerican Regional Cancer Center is hosting National Cancer Survivor Day, an event that is held globally on the first Sunday in June. All cancer survivors and their families are invited to join us for a special survivorship celebration at the Regional Cancer Center, 3535 North Bell School Road, Rockford.

The day will be filled with hope, inspiration and friendship and will feature a variety of activities including:

  • Write a message and hang it on our wish tree
  • Listen to the soothing sounds of a cellist and bag piper
  • Visit with our SwedishAmerican Caring Canines and SwedishAmerican’s mascot SAM the dog
  • Create special art projects
  • Partake in our monarch butterfly release
  • Hear from SwedishAmerican physician Dr. Srivani Sridhar on holistic health and Alane Curry on oncology rehab
  • Visit educational booths featuring the American Cancer Society, Styling for Pink, Pink Heals Association, Livestrong and Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and more
  • Enjoy light snacks and refreshments

On Monday, June 5 at 11 AM, the Regional Cancer Center will dedicate space in the Center to all current cancer patients, survivors and their families. The space will be called Katy’s Place and will offer holistic and oncology support services from support groups to art classes to yoga and more. The space is named after Katy Stenberg, a Rockford resident and former SwedishAmerican RN who courageously fought non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and lived a remarkable 17 years cancer free. She then developed MDS in 2015 and passed away in August of 2016.

Also on Monday, SwedishAmerican will kick-off a peanut butter & jelly drive at 21 SwedishAmerican locations throughout the community. Why peanut butter and jelly? Peanut butter is a great source of protein, a shelf-stable food, and one jar of peanut butter and jelly can provide multiple meals to a child in need throughout the summer months. Donations will be accepted through Friday, June 16 and given to the Rock River Valley Food Pantry and other local pantries throughout northern Illinois.

On Tuesday, June 6, SwedishAmerican will hold its 4th annual employee wheelchair relay races from 12:00–1:00 PM near the Heart Hospital entrance. Employee teams, including two teams from senior leadership, will decorate their wheelchairs and race against each other in a fun and safe relay course. Prizes will be awarded to the fastest wheelchair team and best decorated wheelchair. Following the race, SwedishAmerican will present a check to the Rockford Park District Therapeutic Recreation Department.

Wednesday, June 7 is “Wellness Wednesday.” BetterLife Wellness is hosting a wellness fair from 7 AM – 1 PM for its employees and the community. A variety of booths will be set-up in the Heart Hospital lobby for individuals to explore.

Wednesday also kicks off our SwedishAmerican Commitment to Caring rallies, taking place throughout the day Wednesday and Thursday at the UW Health Sports Factory. Every year the organization holds these rallies where thousands of our Associates affirm their commitment to service excellence at SwedishAmerican.

On Thursday, June 8 at 10 AM in the Healing Garden, the SwedishAmerican Foundation will host a special news conference to announce the winners of its first annual Caring for the Community Grant. The Foundation will give away a total of $150,000 to not-for-profit organizations that complement the SwedishAmerican Foundation mission and vision, making the Rockford region a healthier and more secure place to live, work and raise families.

Friday, June 9, will conclude the week with the SwedishAmerican Foundation’s annual Founder’s Day picnic for employees and volunteers from 11 AM–1:30 PM under the Big Top near Camelot Tower. The picnic is hosted by the SwedishAmerican Foundation.

Lastly, SwedishAmerican is hosting its annual Employee Service Award Banquet on Friday at the UW Health Sports Factory. Hundreds of employees will attend and enjoy dinner and entertainment. Winners will be announced for the Dr. Henry C. Anderson Quality Award, an award to honor individuals who have made significant contributions to improving healthcare quality. The award, bearing Dr. Anderson’s name, reflects the values he brought to our organization: a commitment to excellence; sound judgment; principled leadership; and exceptional integrity. A winner also will be announced for the first annual Dr. Bill Gorski Mission Award, an award to honor a SwedishAmerican associate who has lived out SwedishAmerican’s mission by providing excellence in healthcare and compassionate care to the community.

For more information on SwedishAmerican’s Founder’s Week, please contact Public Relations/Community Engagement Specialist Katryna Kirby at (779) 696-4340.

SwedishAmerican Regional Cancer Center to Host National Cancer Survivor Day Event

SwedishAmerican Regional Cancer Center to Host National Cancer Survivor Day Event, June 4

 

            SwedishAmerican’s Regional Cancer Center’s mission is to provide compassionate, supportive, comprehensive cancer care for our community. The Center does just that and is honored to host National Cancer Survivor Day, an event that is held globally on the first Sunday in June. All cancer survivors and their families are invited to join us for a special survivorship celebration on Sunday, June 4 from 1 – 4 PM at the Regional Cancer Center, 3535 North Bell School Road, Rockford.

The day will be filled with hope, inspiration and friendship and will feature a variety of activities including:

  • Write a message and hang it on our wish tree
  • Listen to the soothing sounds of a cellist and bag piper
  • Visit with our SwedishAmerican Caring Canines and SwedishAmerican’s mascot SAM the dog
  • Create special art projects
  • Partake in our monarch butterfly release
  • Hear from SwedishAmerican physician Dr. Srivani Sridhar on holistic health and Alane Curry on oncology rehab
  • Visit educational booths featuring the American Cancer Society, Styling for Pink, Pink Heals Association, Livestrong and Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and more
  • Enjoy light snacks and refreshments

 

“The event is geared towards the whole family, to celebrate their loved ones survivorship and visit with others who went through the same journey as they did,” said SwedishAmerican Regional Cancer Center Director Diane Scoville. “Battling cancer is one of the hardest things one will go through in a lifetime so we look forward to this event and celebrating those whose lives have been touched by cancer.”

For more information on SwedishAmerican’s Regional Cancer Center Survivor Day event, call (779) 696-9400.

 

 

About SwedishAmerican

A division of UW Health, SwedishAmerican is dedicated to providing excellence in healthcare and compassionate care to the community. The organization serves residents of 12 counties in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin through a dedicated and caring staff, a major acute care hospital and a free-standing outpatient cancer center in Rockford, a medical center in Belvidere, a network of 30 primary care and multi-specialty clinics and the region’s largest home healthcare agency. Additionally, SwedishAmerican has achieved Magnet® recognition as a reflection of its nursing professionalism, teamwork and superiority in patient care.

Savant Capital Management CEO is a Sought-After Speaker

Savant Capital Management CEO is Sought-After Speaker on

Business Succession Planning and M&A for Financial Advisory Firms

Brodeski Speaks at Barron’s and Forbes Events

 

ROCKFORD, IL (May 4, 2017) – Following the successful acquisition and integration of five financial advisory firms during the past five years,Savant Capital Management CEO Brent Brodeski has become a recognized thought leader and sought-after speaker in the area of business succession planning and mergers and acquisitions for the RIA industry.

 

Headquartered in Rockford, IL, with 12 offices in three states, Savant, a nationally recognized wealth management firm, recently hit another important milestone in the firm’s 30-year history by reaching $5 billion in assets under management (AUM). Savant set a goal to achieve $5 billion in AUM 10 years ago, when the firm reached the $1 billion milestone. The firm accomplished that goal by growing 400 percent over the past 10 years.

 

Additionally, Brodeski led the initiative to raise more than $50 million plus additional future capital commitments to address shareholder liquidity needs and create a capital structure and investor group to support future M&A opportunities.  The new capital structure positions the firm to remain independent now, and into the future.

 

Those accomplishments have further put Savant and Brodeski on national radar as a leading authority for RIAs seeking to grow or to acquire/merge or become acquired.

 

Recently, Brodeski shared his insight when he spoke at the Barron’s Top Independent Advisors Summit and the Forbes-SHOOK Top Advisor Summit. Both are exclusive, invitation-only events for the nation’s top independent financial advisors and industry leaders.

 

On March 16, Brodeski co-facilitated the “Succession Planning and M&A” session at the Forbes-SHOOK Top Advisor Summit at the Wynn in Las Vegas, NV. He spoke about the challenges and opportunities related to positioning advisory firms for future success and growth, the drivers of firm valuation, how to obtain good terms in a sale transaction and how to assure that owners of advisory firms optimally protect their investment and also protect their clients and team.

 

He also participated in a panel discussion during the “Succession, Continuity Planning and Next Generation Talent” session at the Barron’sTop Independent Advisors Summit on March 23 at the Ritz-Carlton in Orlando, FL. He spoke about key trends in advisory firm M&A, how to pick the best outside capital partner, creating a great company culture, scaling business to greater profits, and human capital strategies designed to build firm value and provide an advisory firm with long-term viability.

 

Savant employs more than 145 team members. Headquartered in Rockford, IL, Savant also has offices in the following locations: Chicago, IL; Freeport, IL; Geneva, IL; Hoffman Estates, IL; Naperville, IL; Peoria, IL; Sterling, IL; Wilmette, IL; McLean, VA; Madison, WI; and Park Falls, WI. For more information, visit savantcapital.com.

 

About Savant Capital Management

Savant Capital Management is a leading independent, nationally-recognized, fee-only firm, serving clients for 30 years with $5 billion in assets under management. As a trusted advisor, Savant Capital Management offers investment management, financial planning, retirement plan and family office services to financially established individuals and institutions. Savant also offers corporate accounting, tax preparation, payroll and consulting through its affiliate, Savant Tax & Consulting.

 

Savant is regularly recognized among the top wealth managers in the United States. Savant was the recipient of the 2015 Best-in-Business IMPACT Award™, part of Schwab’s IMPACT Awards® program to recognize excellence in the business of independent financial advice. Savant has consistently received other industry recognitions including recently being included on the Forbes top 200 financial advisors list, the Barron’s top 20 independent advisory firms list, being named the #9 rated RIA firm byFinancial Planning magazine, and included in additional top advisors lists byFinancial Advisor magazine and InvestmentNews.

 

Savant Capital Management is a Registered Investment Advisor. Savant’s marketing material should not be construed by any existing or prospective client as a guarantee that they will experience a certain level of results if they engage Savant’s services and may include lists or rankings published by magazines and other sources which are generally based exclusively on information prepared and submitted by the recognized advisor. For more information about Savant or to view our Important Disclosures, go to www.savantcapital.com.

 

Savant Capital Management and its employees are independent of and are not employees or agents of Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. (“Schwab”). Schwab does not prepare, verify or endorse information distributed by Savant Capital Management. The Best-in-Business IMPACT Award™ is not an endorsement, testimonial endorsement, recommendation or referral to Savant Capital Management with respect to its investment advisory and other services.

Blackhawk Appoints Woyner Human Resources VP

BLACKHAWK APPOINTS WOYNER HUMAN RESOURCES VP

May 3, 2017 (Beloit, WI and Rockford, IL) – Jeanine Woyner has joined Blackhawk Bank as Vice President, Human Resources.  With over 16 years of experience in employee relations, labor law compliance, organizational development, and strategic initiatives, Jeanine has been at the forefront of Human Resource initiatives that have promoted organizational growth and has a proven success rate of decreasing staff turnover, while improving the overall employee recruitment process.

Woyner earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration and Human Resource Management from Columbia College in Missouri.  She grew up in a banking family and has several years of experience in the financial industry.  In her role at Blackhawk Bank, her emphasis will be on employee engagement and support of the Blackhawk Bank staff members.

Blackhawk Bank has served individuals, families and business owners since 1881.  The Bank operates seven full service banking centers in Rockford, Belvidere, Machesney Park and Roscoe, Illinois, and in Beloit, Wisconsin.  The Bank operates a Mortgage Processing Center in Rockford, Illinois and recently announced plans to open a full service banking center later this year in Janesville, Wisconsin. Complete information about Blackhawk Bank can be found at www.blackhawkbank.com.

Stateline Chamber Celebrates Excellence by Giving Awards to Local Businesses & Individuals

We held our inaugural Awards Banquet on Friday – and it was a blast! Nearly 200 people were in attendance waiting to see which of the finalists was chosen to walk away with 7 different awards.

The Entrepreneur of the Year award was given to K. Paige for their fun & fashionable boutique store in Downtown Roscoe. K. Paige opened in 2016 to huge support, and in return, K. Paige owner Brooke Anderson gives back by partnering with the Chamber to help run the Women @ Work committee and numerous events. Other finalists were Louie’s Tap House and 808 Cheesecake, both of them opening in early 2017.

The Pride of the Stateline award winner is Stateline Baseball. Their community league serves 500+ kids in 4 programs, with over 300 games played between almost 50 separate teams – every single year. Stateline Baseball has been around for over 40 years offering another great reason for people to live, work, and play in the Stateline region. While many surrounding community leagues are drying out, Stateline has thrived – growing its program through strong character building, organizational strength, and a focus on the fun of the game. Other finalists were Oak Strength and Mike Prosser.

Ryan Rydell received the Community Service award. He was the Rockton Chamber President during the merger process and was critical to its success. He currently serves as the Chamber’s VP, and is on the Marketing, Finance, & Personnel Committees, as well as many event committees. He has worked with Stateline Baseball for over 6 years as a sponsor, coach & board member, 4 of them as President. Ryan started the programs Winter Training, and Stateline Thunder programs, and created the Coaches Clincher tournament that raises money for the Greg Lindmark Foundation. Ryan mentors & coaches at HHS in their IncubatorEDU program plus many other HS initiatives. His business, RyCOM Creative Corp also donates services for many local events like the benefit festivals Hanz Brew Fest and Midwest Oktoberfest. Jeremy Jones & Roscoe Lions Club were the other 3 finalists for the community service award.

The Business of the Year is All World Machinery. Moving their corporate office to Roscoe back in 2015 was a big boost for Roscoe. Their continued expansion supports job growth and economic impact, offering nearly 200 new jobs within 5 years of opening. In December 2015, when the HS Dome collapsed, the RORO Expo didn’t have many options for a location without going into Wisconsin or Rockford. All World came to the rescue, offering their facility to host the event, saving the 2016 RORO Expo from possible cancellation. All World remains a big supporter of the Chamber and has plans to expand further while continuing to support their community. Finalists RyCOM Creative Corp. and Oak Strength were also honored.

Jim & John Balsley of Balsley Printing received the Lifetime Achievement Award. They recently retired, passing the reigns of their family business to the 4th generation of Balsleys. Their printing business has been a staple of long-term success in the Rockton community for over 100 years, with Jim & John leading the charge for the past 30+ years. Balsley has been the Chamber’s go-to printer for many years. They even printed the invites, programs, and donation envelopes for the Awards Banquet. Their commitment to Rockton and their support of the Chamber sets them apart, and we wish them a very happy retirement. Marge Bauch & Toni Brown were also honored as finalists for this award.

The Ambassador Club crowned Keith Wicklund the Ambassador of the year. He is a shining beacon of what a Chamber Ambassador should be. Keith attends nearly all the clubs events, Chamber Ribbon Cuttings, and even helps coordinate some scholarship fundraisers to help the club give away thousands to deserving local students. His response to the award is a great example of why he is so deserving. Keith said, “I wanted someone else to win”.

The Member of the Year award was granted to Clyde Grooms. Chamber President, Laura Baluch, said that Clyde’s commitment to the Chamber merger helped separate him from others. He worked with the transition committee to manage the most critical transition issues, and when that job was done, stepped right in as the chairman of the Membership Committee. He is always attending Chamber events, and continues to serve on the Board of Directors.

SwedishAmerican Welcomes UW Health Pediatric Cardiologist

SwedishAmerican Welcomes UW Health Pediatric Cardiologist

Margaret Greco, MD

 

SwedishAmerican, a division of UW Health is pleased to announce it is bringing pediatric cardiovascular medicine to Rockford. Dr. Margaret Greco, UW Health Pediatric Cardiologist, will see patients in the Renaissance Pavilion, 1340 Charles Street, Suite 300.

Dr. Greco is a faculty of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.  She is board certified in pediatric cardiology and pediatrics. She earned her medical degree from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Greco completed her internship, residency and fellowship at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago in Chicago. Her clinical interests include echocardiography, congenital heart disease and preventative cardiology.

For more information, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Greco, please call (779) 696-2411.

 

About SwedishAmerican

A division of UW Health, SwedishAmerican is dedicated to providing excellence in healthcare and compassionate care to the community. The organization serves residents of 12 counties in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin through a dedicated and caring staff, a major acute care hospital and a free-standing outpatient cancer center in Rockford, a medical center in Belvidere, a network of 30 primary care and multi-specialty clinics and the region’s largest home healthcare agency. Additionally, SwedishAmerican has achieved Magnet® recognition as a reflection of its nursing professionalism, teamwork and superiority in patient care.

Blackhawk Bank Announces New Office In Janesville

BLACKHAWK BANK ANNOUNCES NEW OFFICE IN JANESVILLE, WI

April 4, 2017 (Beloit, WI) – Blackhawk Bank announces that it has acquired property at 2525 Milton Avenue in Janesville and plans to open a full-service office at that location later in the year. Through this expanded commitment to the Janesville area, residents and business owners in northern Rock County will enjoy the benefit of a convenient local banking center, ATM, drive thru, mortgage services, trusted business advice, commercial cash management services, and access to investment advisors.

Current Blackhawk Bank staff, and additional staff hired from the Janesville area, are expected to begin serving clients at the Holiday Drive / Milton Avenue office sometime during the third or fourth quarter. Announcements for a grand opening celebration will be shared closer to the actual opening date. Blackhawk has served the Janesville community since August of 2014 from the Blackhawk Bank Mortgage & Commercial Loan office, located at 200 W. Milwaukee Street, which is expected to be closed as the new office opens.

Blackhawk Bank has served individuals, families and business owners since 1881.  In addition to the new, full service office in Janesville, Wisconsin, the Bank operates seven full service banking centers in Rockford, Belvidere, Machesney Park and Roscoe, Illinois, and in Beloit, Wisconsin. The Bank also operates a Mortgage Processing Center in Rockford, Illinois. Complete information about Blackhawk Bank can be found at www.blackhawkbank.com.

2017 Awards Finalists Announced

Our 2017 Awards Banquet is set for April 21st, and we now have our list of finalists for the Awards. We would like to thank the community for all of the great nominations you sent in. There are a lot of wonderful people and organizations in the Stateline area, and we feel that these finalists are a shining example of that.

We will announce the winners of each award at the banquet, in addition to the Ambassadors’ pick for Ambassador of the Year, and the Board of Directors’ pick for Member of the Year. To secure your tickets to the banquet, you can call into the office, or send in this registration form.

Entrepreneur of the Year Award

This award recognizes a new Stateline Chamber member business for their excellence in a new business venture. Businesses that have been open for less than 2 years are eligible. We encourage you to nominate businesses that have made an immediate impact on the community.

Finalists

808 Cheesecake – With their incredibly tasty cakes, 808 Cheesecake is a new business in Roscoe that is primed to be around for a while. We are happy to have such a unique business in our area.

K. Paige – A boutique shop that has something for just about anyone, K. Paige opened in a location that seemed the be cursed. Now its a destination shop for the fashion lover. Plus, K. Paige is a huge supporter of the Chamber, w/ their owner Brooke Anderson as the head of the Woman @ Work.

Louie’s Tap House – Taking over the old Clubhouse space, Louie’s opened to thunderous support. The Tap House offers the area’s largest offering of craft beers on tap in a great atmosphere. Plus, with a wonderful food menu, serving breakfast lunch and dinner in their Breakfast & Dining Room, they really make Roscoe that much better.

Community Service Award

This award recognizes a business or individual which shows a dedication to community service, both literally and figuratively. Long term volunteerism should be recognized. This award is a way of showing that we appreciate what those volunteers do for the Stateline.

Finalists

Jeremy Jones – With his positive attitude, and great support for the Chamber, Jeremy is an asset to the Stateline area. He serves as a Chamber Ambassador, a mentor for the High School’s Entrepreneurship class, and on multiple Chamber event committees, including the Scholarship Committee where he helps give away thousands to area students.

Roscoe Lions Club – Hosting numerous charity events, and giving back to the community, the Roscoe Lions Club makes our area better through their charitable giving. Some great events are the Fall Festival and the Easter egg hunt, to name a couple.

Ryan Rydell – Both personally and through his business, RyCOM Creative Corp, Ryan is dedicated to the community. Serves as President, sponsor, and coach for Stateline Baseball, a mentor & coach for the High School’s Entrepreneurship class, helps run the Hanz Brew Fest & Midwest Oktoberfest charity beer festivals, and serves the Chamber is the VP and on multiple committees.

Pride of the Stateline Award

This award recognizes an individual, business or organization for their contributions to the Stateline community. The things that make the Stateline great deserve to be lifted up, but sometimes we take for granted what we have. This award helps to recognize what we have and shouts out loud that we are proud of our own.

Finalists

Mike Prosser – The 2016 RORO Expo came with many challenges, and Mike stood through it all in his first year as chairman. Mike is a member of the Roscoe Zoning Board and runs a number of great local businesses, including Firehouse Pub & Forest Ridge Events – both of which are great supporters of the Chamber.

Oak Strength – They strive to reach all people in meaningful ways, and even donates $1 to a charity for every time a person checks into their business on facebook. Owner Adam Lane helps the HHS Track program through endurance training, and the company supports local Police and Fire Departments through their Sweat for Badges program.

Stateline Baseball – The area’s oldest and largest league, Stateline Baseball offers a regular season program, fall ball program, winter training, tournament teams, and charity events to the Stateline community for over 40 years. They serve 500+ young ball players each year, with 100+ ball games to over 40 teams year round.

Business of the Year

This award recognizes a Stateline Chamber Member Business for a year of excellence. Growth, economic impact, community support, etc… the Business of the Year shows excellence in everything they do.

Finalists

All World Machinery – Choosing Roscoe for their corporate office had a great impact on our community, offering nearly 200 new jobs within 5 years. The new office is a beautiful addition to the i90/Rockton Rd. intersection. Plus, all on their own, they offered to host the 2016 RORO Expo when the HS Dome collapsed, saving the event from possible cancellation.

Oak Strength – Gaining an all around 5 Star rating for strength, condition, mobility, nutrition, and life training, Oak Strength has developed an amazing community that builds up its members in physical and mental strength. Now in business for 4 years, and Owner (Adam Lane), Chamber Ambassador, grew the business from their Garage to what it is today.

RyCOM Creative Corp. – Now 6 years in business, RyCOM is the Stateline area’s only full-time, full-service marketing & design firm. 2016 was an explosive year for RyCOM as they grew their client list, their personnel, and their office space. They support countless charitable causes with free marketing services or financial support and are always helping to make the Chamber better.

Lifetime Achievement Award

This award recognizes a business or individual which has a strong history of excellence. Long term sustainable success is hard to come by. To look back on your lifetime with personal pride is a wonderful achievement. This award is a way of showing that their peers look back with them and share that same level of pride.

Finalists

John & Jim Balsley – Balsley Printing has been a staple business in Rockton for 100+ years, supplying great local service in the printing industry. After 44 years of running the business, the Balsley Brothers have retired and passed the reigns to the next generation.

Marge Bauch – At the helm of the family business (Roscoe Ready Mix) for 26 years, Marge has a long history of community service. She has served the Chamber as Board Secretary and currently heads up our Ambassadors Club.

Toni Brown – Dedication to community and 25+ Years of business (Stepping Stones), priceless support of local causes, events, and Chamber initiatives, including her current role with the Ambassador’s club, Scholarship Committee, and RORO Expo.