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2010 Illinois Family Business of the Year Award Winners Announced
Awardees to be Honored at November 30 Gala in Chicago
CHICAGO, October 18, 2010 – The Family Business Center of Loyola University Chicago is pleased to announce the winners of its 17th annual Illinois Family Business of the Year Awards. This awards program recognizes exceptional Illinois-based family businesses that demonstrate a strong commitment to business development, family, and the greater-Illinois community. An awards gala honoring the winners and finalists, as well as the tradition, dedication, and success of the family enterprise, will take place on Tuesday, November 30, at 6:30 p.m., at The Four Seasons Hotel Chicago.
The 2010 Illinois Family Business of the Year Awardees include:
- Small Family Business of the Year: Neiman Brothers Co.
- Medium Family Business of the Year: W.S. Darley & Co.
- Large Family Business of the Year: Hoffer Plastics
- Community Service Award: Grecian Delight Foods and Hoffer Plastics
- Century Award: Ferrara Pan Candy Co.
This year’s awards drew nearly 200 nominations in 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 Illinois Family Business of the Year Awards program gives us the opportunity to celebrate the incredible contributions of family business to our communities and our economy,” said Andrew Keyt, executive director of the Family Business Center of Loyola. “The center is pleased to honor these dedicated families and their businesses.”
Past award winners include Wisdom Adhesives, Stenstrom Companies Ltd., Rex Electric & Technologies LLC, Packer Engineering Inc., Sloan Valve Co., Nielsen-Massey Vanillas, Turano Baking Co., Gold Eagle Co., Baird & Warner, Raynor Garage Doors, Glunz Family Enterprises, Edward Don & Co., ABT Electronics, Follett Corp., and many more.
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About the Family Business Center of Loyola University Chicago
The Family Business Center of Loyola University Chicago is an interdisciplinary Center of Excellence dedicated to serving multigenerational, mid- to large-sized family businesses. The center provides transformational learning experiences aimed at increasing effectiveness in planning, problem solving, and preparing current and future generations of family business owners and managers. As part of the Loyola University Chicago School of Business Administration, the center upholds the Jesuit tradition of excellence in education, focusing on responsible leadership and development of the “whole person.”
About Loyola University Chicago
Committed to preparing people to lead extraordinary lives, Loyola University Chicago, founded in 1870, is the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic university. Enrollment is nearly 16,000 students, which includes almost 10,000 undergraduates hailing from all 50 states and 82 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 10 schools and colleges include arts and sciences, business administration, communication, education, graduate studies, law, medicine, nursing, continuing and professional studies, and social work. Loyola offers 71 undergraduate majors, 71 undergraduate minors, 85 master’s degrees, and 31 doctoral degrees. Loyola is consistently ranked among the “top national universities” by U.S.News & World Report, and the University is among a select group of universities recognized for community service and engagement by prestigious national organizations, such as the Carnegie Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service. For more information about Loyola, please visit LUC.edu.