FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Loyola’s Family Business Center Announces 2005 Illinois Family Business of the Year Winners
CHICAGO, Nov. 28, 2005 The Loyola University Chicago Family Business Center and co-host, Harris, will honor the 2005 Illinois Family Business of the Year winners at a dinner and awards presentation on Thursday, December 8th from 6-9 p.m. The awards gala, held annually for the past 12 years, recognizes Illinois-based family businesses that demonstrate a strong commitment to both business and family. The event will be held at The Four Seasons Hotel, located at 120 E. Delaware Place, and will feature keynote speaker, Lansing Crane, chairman and CEO of Crane & Co., Inc.
Winners of the 2005 Illinois Family Business of the Year Awards include: Widmer Interiors of Peoria (Small Category), Peter Troost Monument Company of Hillside (Medium Category), Raynor Garage Doors of Dixon (Large Category), Glunz Family Enterprises (Century Award) andSkender Construction Company of Palos Hills (Community Service Award).
The Loyola University Chicago Family Business Center created the Family Business of the Year Awards in 1994 to recognize significant and positive contributions made by Illinois-based family businesses. Since its inception in 1990, the Center has remained committed to the task of recognizing the outstanding accomplishments and contributions of family businesses to our local and national society and economy. As an internationally-recognized pioneer and leader in family business development and research, the Center developed the Family Business of the Year Awards program as a way to make the accomplishments of family businesses in the State of Illinois known to the public and to other family businesses.
This year’s competition received more than 400 nominations for the following three categories: Small: less than 50 employees; Medium: 50-250 employees and Large: more than 250 employees. Winners were selected based on a variety of criteria, including business success, positive family/business linkage, multi-generational family business involvement, contributions to industry and community and innovative practices and strategies.
“It’s truly an honor to recognize these well-deserving organizations through our Family Business of the Year Awards,” said Andrew Keyt, executive director, Loyola University Chicago Family Business Center. “These family enterprises are so important to our economy and society, and it’s my sincere hope that other family-owned businesses will take notice and follow in their footsteps.”
“We are proud to be a part of this worth-while event celebrating and recognizing these organizations,” said Jonathan Rohde, senior vice president, Small Business Banking for Harris. “For nearly 120 years, Harris has served the small business market. In fact, we started out as a family-owned business, so we’re always delighted to support and recognize other family businesses.”
About Loyola University Chicago
Committed to preparing people to lead extraordinary lives, Loyola University Chicago was founded in 1870 and is among the largest of the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States. Loyola has a total enrollment of more than 14,000 students, which includes 9,000 undergraduates, hailing from all 50 states, as well as 82 foreign countries. The university has four campuses, three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy. Loyola’s nine schools and colleges include: arts and sciences, business administration, education, graduate studies, law, medicine, nursing, professional studies and social work. Loyola offers 66 undergraduate majors, 59 master’s degrees and 36 doctoral degrees and 3 professional degree programs. Recognizing Loyola’s excellence in education, U.S. News and World Report has ranked Loyola consistently among the “top national universities” and “best values” in its annual publications. For more information, please visit our web site at www.luc.edu.
Harris is an integrated financial service organization that provides more than one million personal, business, corporate and institutional clients with banking, lending, investing, financial planning, trust administration, portfolio management, family office and wealth transfer services. Harris is a member of BMO Financial Group (NYSE, TSX: BMO). For more information, please visit www.harrisbank.com.