The Evanston Chamber is proud to recognize its past award recipients for their outstanding contributions to their business and community.

Businessperson of the Year

Honors an individual who has: actively participated and served as a leader in Evanston Chamber activities; demonstrated how business volunteerism can better the community and the Chamber; exemplified long-term commitment to his/her business and community; and displayed innovation and/or entrepreneurialism along with business growth.

  • 2016   Joseph Liss, CPA — Porte Brown LLC
  • 2015   Steve Hagerty — Hagerty Consulting
  • 2014   Joe Romano — Romano Wealth Mgmt.
  • 2013   John J. Cahill — John J. Cahill, Inc.
  • 2012   Maggie & Dean Noonan — Sips on Sherman
  • 2011   Frank Muns — Allegra | Marketing | Print | Signs
  • 2011   Kyle Kurz — Allegra | Marketing | Print | Signs
  • 2010   Chris Mailing
  • 2009   Robert & Fred Piron — Belgian Chocolatier Piron, Inc.
  • 2008   Mary Gavin — Evanston RoundTable
  • 2007   Glenn Moak — Duxler Complete Auto Care
  • 2006   Hecky Powell — Hecky’s BBQ
  • 2005   Daniel Kelch
  • 2004   Pat Cunningham — Now Lincoln Park Evanston Althletic Club
  • 2003   Marian & Bob Kurz — Kurz & Company
  • 2002   Mathew David — Davis Street Fish Market
  • 2002   Larry Huber
  • 2002   Scot McKay
  • 2001   Cease & Paul Giddings — Folkworks Gallery
  • 2000   Tom & Patty Erd — The Spice House
  • 1999   Katie & Don Bally — Alarm Detection Systems
  • 1998   Judy & Bill Hooper
  • 1997   Gerald & Susan Morris
  • 1996   Lucile Krasnow — Northwestern University
  • 1995   Henry Funkenbusch — Stitchmine
  • 1994   Alex Sproul — Transportation Consultant
  • 1993   Harvey Pranian — Young Evanston Artists

Community Leadership Person of the Year

Recognizes an individual who has demonstrated the ability to make Evanston a better place for its people and its institutions through: personal involvement and enthusiasm in a variety of civic and/or service organizations; innovation, commitment, and leadership; inspiring others to become involved; channeling private sector resources; efforts in improving the quality of life in the community; and connecting people and organizations to create community partnerships.

  • 2016   Patrick Hughes, Jr. — Inclusion Solutions
  • 2015   Bill Logan — Chessmen, FAAM, Rotary, ECF Board Mbr
  • 2014** Jane Doyle — Center for Independent Futures
  • 2013** Eugene Sunshine — Northwestern University
  • 2012   Cease & Paul Giddings — Folkworks Gallery
  • 2011   Sara Schastok — Evanston Community Foundation
  • 2010   Marian & Bob Kurz — Kurz & Company
  • 2009   Lorraine Morton — former Mayor of Evanston
  • 2008   Judith Aiello — Evanston Community Foundation
  • 2007   Frank Kaminski — Kiwanis Club of Evanston
  • 2006   Bob Heiberger — Evanston Bond & Mortgage Co.
  • 2005   Howard Kain — First Bank & Trust
  • 2004   Richard Romano — Romano Brothers & Co.
  • 2003   Dan Phillips
  • 2002   Frank Foster
  • 2001   James Lytle — First Bank & Trust
  • 2000   Ingrid Stafford — Northwestern University
  • 1999   Joseph Levy — Levy Venture Management
  • 1998   Terrence Jenkins
  • 1997   Ira Golan — North Shore Retirement Hotel
  • 1996   John Taylor, III
  • 1995   Leon Robinson, Jr. — Robinson Rentals
  • 1994   George Cyrus — Cyrus Realty Group, Inc.
  • 1993   Bruce Goodman — Bruce K. Goodman & Co.

NonProfit/Public Service Person of the Year

Acknowledges an individual who has distinguished himself/herself in the public and/or non-profit sectors by: demonstrating innovation, commitment and leadership; working to advance Evanston and the organization he/she represents; responding to opportunities with creativity and efficiency; and creating awareness for his/her organization and its benefits to the Evanston community.

  • 2016   Kevin Mott — Edward Jones Investments
  • 2015   Paul Selden — Connections for the Homeless
  • **
  • 2012   Sylvia & Larry DiStasi — The Actors Gymnasium
  • 2011   Bill Geiger
  • 2010   Gerald Gulley
  • 2009   Bridget McDonough — Light Opera Works Rehearsal Center
  • 2008   Fr. Robert Oldershaw — St. Nicholas Parish
  • 2007   Don Baker

 

** In 2013 and 2014, the Community Leadership and NonProfit/Public Service Awards were combined