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Loyola University Chicago Family Business Center Names 2006 Family Business of the Year Award Winners

CHICAGO, November 21, 2006 — Loyola University Chicago’s Family Business Center announced the winners today for its 13th annual Illinois Family Business of the Year Awards, recognizing superior Illinois-based family businesses that demonstrate a strong commitment to both business and family. Winners will be honored at an upcoming awards gala, co-hosted by Harris, on Thursday, December 7 at The Four Seasons Hotel – Chicago.

This year’s awards drew more than 400 nominations for five categories: small (companies with fewer than 50 employees), medium (50 to 250), large (more than 250), Community Service, and the Century Award. Winners of the awards have demonstrated positive family/business linkage, multi-generational family business involvement, contributions to industry and community, and innovative business practices and strategies.

The 2006 Illinois Family Business of the Year Awardees:

“We created these awards 12 years ago to recognize significant and positive contributions made by family businesses, and we have remained committed to the task of recognizing the outstanding accomplishments and contributions of family business to our local and national society and economy,” says Andrew Keyt, executive director of Loyola’s Family Business Center. “These businesses do so much for the state of Illinois, and it is truly an honor to be able to reward them for their dedication and hard work.”

Past award winners include Glunz Family Enterprises, Oberweis Dairy, Brady Homes, Wagner Printing Companies, Azteca Foods, Kemper Sports Management, Follett Corporation, ABT Electronics, and The Pampered Chef.

For more information on the awards gala, please visit www.sba.luc.edu/centers/fbc/.

About Loyola University Chicago Family Business Center
The Loyola University Chicago Family Business Center is an internationally recognized pioneer and leader in family business program development and research, serving as a resource to family businesses in the Chicago region and throughout the nation. The center’s research projects have focused on issues such as family business leadership, the communication patterns of business-owning families, the role of trusts and trustees in family firms, the performance of family businesses compared with non-family managed counterparts, and demographic profiles of family businesses throughout the United States.

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 15,000 students, which includes nearly 10,000 undergraduates hailing from all 50 states and 82 foreign countries. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy. Loyola also serves as the U.S. host university to the Beijing Center for Chinese Studies in Beijing, China. 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 69 undergraduate majors, 77 master’s degrees, 36 doctoral degrees, and three professional degree programs. Recognizing Loyola’s excellence in education, U.S. News and World Report has ranked Loyola consistently among the “top national universities” in its annual publications. For more information, please visit our Web site at www.LUC.edu.


Editor’s Note: Please see below for a description of winners, along with a full list of finalists.

Nielsen-Massey Vanillas, Inc., founded in 1907, is a family-owned and managed company based in Waukegan, Illinois, which has remained associated with the Nielsen family since 1918, when C.J. Nielsen, who later became partner, president, and sole owner, joined the company. For most of its 99 years of operation, Nielsen-Massey Vanillas has specialized exclusively in the manufacturing of pure vanilla. Its product lines use only the finest grades of vanilla beans, a proprietary, time-consuming extraction process, and strict quality specifications to produce what is regarded as the gold standard in the industry.

Clarke Mosquito Control, with its 133 full-time employees, is an international resource for mosquito control expertise. Committed to the practice areas of products, service, equipment, and education, Clarke has made significant inroads in mosquito control research and advances in the tools of the trade for battling mosquitoes. Family-owned and operated, Clarke is the largest privately owned company devoted to mosquito control in the United States, and has played a significant role in the country’s battle against West Nile Virus and other mosquito-borne illnesses. Today, Clarke Mosquito Control is one of the premier mosquito control companies in the world. On the front lines of every major mosquito-borne disease outbreak, and called in after major hurricanes like Floyd, Dennis, Katrina, and Rita, Clarke has emerged as a trusted resource for municipalities, mosquito-control districts, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Turano Baking Company is a household name throughout northeastern Illinois, Wisconsin, and Indiana. Their baked goods are enjoyed daily by countless customers nationwide who appreciate the quality of authentic old-world bread. The company was founded by an immigrant looking to improve his family’s life. He succeeded at his task, and his sons have carried on his legacy and tradition. They, in turn, have taught their children how to be equitable, honorable, moral, and considerate individuals who they can trust to run the company with the same values and success on which their father founded the company. Turano has been a staple in the Italian business community in Chicago and throughout the country since its inception in 1962. The company’s Italian heritage has always been an important aspect of their success, and they take tremendous pride in their involvement in many baking industry groups and Italian-American organizations in Chicago and around the world. Turano is proud to be a family that works together as a part of the landscape of Illinois and the Italian-American community.

Gold Eagle Company, founded in 1932 by Armin Hirsh, has consistently grown over its 73-year history as a manufacturer and marketer of automotive engine related additives. His sons, Bob and Rich, assumed the leadership of the company during the 1960’s, and now the third generation presidency of Bob’s son-in-law, Marc Blackman, has given the company continued healthy growth with optimism for a bright future. During its current fiscal year, Gold Eagle is enjoying record sales while dealing with the challenge of huge petrochemical cost increases. Its STA-BIL Fuel Stabilizer and Heet Gas Line Antifreeze brands are doing exceptionally well, as is its leading private brand customer, Mercury Marine. Gold Eagle is proud of its dedicated, experienced employees, three-quarters of whom have been at Gold Eagle for five years or more. Gold Eagle is very fortunate to serve most of the major retailers and wholesalers of engine performance products.

Baird & Warner operates a family of services that center on residential real estate brokerage and the core businesses that surround it, including mortgage, title, and home services. The firm is nationally recognized for its industry leadership and is consistently ranked among America’s Top 15 real estate operations. Baird & Warner operates 33 offices throughout Chicago and its suburbs, with over 2,000 sales professionals and support service employees serving more than 300 communities throughout northeastern Illinois.

For more than 150 years, Baird & Warner has been entrusted with the homeownership dreams of hundreds of thousands of Chicagoland families and has played a privileged role in helping to shape the City of Chicago and its suburbs. Baird & Warner is known as a progressive force in the real estate world, and, through five generations of dynamic family leadership, the firm has periodically reinvented itself in response to changes in the marketplace and the lead of the consumer. The firm has leveraged its principled leadership values, independent family-ownership status, and highly successful formula to propel it to national prominence within the real estate business communities. Known as an innovator in all aspects of its operation, Baird & Warner thrives on the cutting edge and is respected by professional colleagues and consumers alike for its long-standing integrity and unswerving dedication to the delivery of the highest standards of quality service.

Category A
Nielsen-Massey Vanillas, Inc.

Ashland Addison Florists
Fred Fox Studios

Category B
Clarke Mosquito Control

Gold Eagle Company (also Community Service Award winner)
The Tiller’s Nursing and Rehabilitation Center

Category C
Turano Baking Company

Baird & Warner (also Century Award winner)
Chicago Bears

Community Service Award
Gold Eagle Company

Century Award
Baird & Warner



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