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Marketing and Programs Director, Family Business Center
2014 Illinois Family Business of the Year Award Winners Announced
Awardees to be Honored at November 12 Gala in Chicago
CHICAGO, September 17, 2014 – The Family Business Center at Loyola University Chicago’s Quinlan School of Business is pleased to announce the winners of its 21st 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 Wednesday, November 12, at 6:30 p.m., at The Four Seasons Hotel Chicago.
The 2014 Illinois Family Business of the Year awardees include:
- Small Family Business of the Year: Semler Industries
- Medium Family Business of the Year: Garvey’s Office Products
- Large Family Business of the Year: Sasser Family Holdings
- Community Service Award: FONA International
- Dean’s Award: Hub Group
- Century Award: McCloud Services
- Family Entrepreneurship Award: Imagineering Inc.
The 21st annual awards drew nominations in seven categories: small (companies with fewer than 50 employees), medium (50 to 250), large (more than 250), community service, century award, dean’s award, and family entrepreneurship. Winners of the awards have all demonstrated positive family/business linkage, multi-generational family business involvement, contributions to industry and community, and innovative business practices and strategies.
The Family Entrepreneurship Award is new this year and recognizes a young business striving to create longevity and legacy in their family business.
“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 Loyola Family Business Center. “The center is pleased to honor these dedicated families and their businesses as we celebrate 21 years of recognition.”
Past award winners include Dicke Tool Co., Louis Glunz Beer Inc., Glik Co., Bearco Management Co., Graycor, American Hotel Register Co., Adams Foam Rubber Co., Siemer Milling, Medline Industries, New World Van Lines, Klein Tools Inc., Richards Graphic Communications, St. Andrews Golf & Country Club, Ed Miniat Inc., Crescent Electric Supply Co., Gonnella Baking Co., Neiman Brothers Co., W.S. Darley & Co., Hoffer Plastics Corp., Grecian Delight Foods, Ferrara Pan Candy Co., Wisdom Adhesives, Stenstrom Companies Ltd., Rex Electric & Technologies LLC, Packer Engineering, Sloan Valve Co., Nielsen-Massey Vanillas, Turano Baking Co., Raynor Garage Doors, Edward Don & Co., and many more.
Sponsors for this year’s awards gala are: BMO Harris Bank, KattenMuchinRosenman LLP, Grant Thornton, MassMutual Hoopis Financial Group, KPMG, MB Financial Bank, Perkins Coie, U.S. Bank Private Client Reserve, Oxford Financial, Crain’s, and Eli’s Cheesecake.
For more information on the awards and to purchase tickets for the upcoming gala, please visit LUC.edu/fbc.
About the Quinlan School of Business Family Business Center
The Family Business Center at Loyola University Chicago’s Quinlan School of Business is an interdisciplinary Center of Excellence dedicated to serving multigenerational, mid- to large-sized family businesses. The center provides high level learning aimed at transforming effectiveness in planning, problem solving, and preparing current and future generations of family business owners and managers. As part of Loyola’s Quinlan School of Business, the center upholds the Jesuit tradition of excellence in education, focusing on responsible leadership and development of the “whole person.”
About Loyola University Chicago
Founded in 1870, Loyola University Chicago is one of the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic universities, with nearly 16,000 students. More than 10,000 undergraduates hailing from all 50 states and 82 countries call Loyola home. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy, as well as course locations in Beijing, China; Saigon-Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; Vernon Hills, Illinois (Cuneo Mansion and Gardens); and a Retreat and Ecology Campus in Woodstock, Illinois. The University features 10 schools and colleges, including the Quinlan School of Business, Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, Stritch School of Medicine, College of Arts and Sciences, School of Communication, School of Continuing and Professional Studies, School of Education, School of Law, School of Social Work, and Graduate School. Consistently ranked a top national university by U.S. News & World Report, Loyola is also among a select group of universities recognized for community service and engagement by prestigious national organizations like the Carnegie Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service. To learn more about Loyola, visit LUC.edu, “like” us at Facebook.com/LoyolaChicago, or follow us on Twitter via @LoyolaChicago or @LoyolaNewsroom.
Editor’s Note: Please see below for a description of winners, along with a full list of finalists.
Small Business Category: Semler Industries
Established in 1905, and currently lead by its third generation, Semler Industries has become a recognized leader in the industrial filtration and liquid handling industry, providing custom solutions for varied filtration and liquid handling worldwide. As a preferred source, delivering strong technical support to its customers, Semler Industries’ commitment to service reflects the values of a family-run business. That kind of deep dedication also extends to employees, some of whom have been playing integral roles in the company for over 50 years.
Henry Bros. Co.
Capannari Ice Cream
Lake Forest Sportscars
Medium Business Category: Garvey’s Office Products
Founded in 1926, Garvey’s Office Products has grown to become the largest independently owned office supply distributor in Illinois. The company is currently led by six second-generation siblings, all who have worked together for the past 22 years, and embody the spirit of the corporate tag line, “The Nice Guys in Office Supplies.” That attitude spills over to their extended ‘family’ of 84 employees, most of who have been with the company for over 10 years.
The Resicom Group
Large Business Category: Sasser Family Holdings
Founded in 1928 and now transitioning into its fourth generation of family leadership, Sasser Family Holdings has evolved from a small rail service business to a multi-million dollar, global transportation asset services and management company comprised of six different business subsidiaries, all united under one family name and set of core values. Included among them is the responsibility to serve charity organizations within their community, and the recognition and respect the company has for its dedicated employees, many of who have generations of their own families working within the organization.
Maurice Sporting Goods
Community Service Award: FONA International
Founded by Joseph Slawek in 1987, and now run by first and second generations of the family, FONA International Inc. is a leading independent flavor company focused on delivering high value taste technology and manufacturing solutions for target customers in the confection, grain, beverage, nutraceutical and pharmaceutical segments. Service-oriented and values-based, FONA International is committed to both solutions and service – to its customers, its employees, and to its community, as well.
Dean’s Award: Hub Group
Hub Group, founded in 1971, and now run by second-generation leadership, is an asset-light freight transportation management company providing intermodal, truck brokerage and logistics services throughout North America. As one of the largest commercial buildings in the state of Illinois to obtain LEED Gold certification, Hub Group has reduced its impact on the environment, and also helped customers reduce their carbon footprints. Hub Group is involved in its community, as well, sponsoring at-risk high school students in a student-work program, and providing funds to support their college prep educational programs.
Century Award: McCloud Services
McCloud Services has been at the forefront of professional pest management for more than 100 years. Privately owned and operated since 1904, and now run by fourth generation leadership, the company serves the food supply chain of custody, health care, hospitality, property management and retail industries. McCloud Services’ innovative alternatives to traditional pesticides show great respect for the earth, and for the quality of the world which future generations will inherit.
Family Entrepreneurship Award: Imagineering Inc.
In 1985, with the goal of providing an opportunity to share in the American dream with their extended families, Ramzan and Parvin Dhanji founded Imagineering Inc. The company, which provides high-quality prototypes, and bare and assembled printed circuit boards, is comprised of 43 employees, 12 of whom are family members. Imagineering Inc. conducts business in the same way it handles family; teaching each generation the same values of open and honest treatment of all human beings no matter if they are family members, associates, customers, vendors or competitors. This tenet permeates the company’s community service efforts, as shown through its involvement in numerous not-for-profit organizations including Apna Ghaar, the Aga Khan Developmental Network, Kids Against Hunger and The Citizen’s Foundation.