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Quinlan School of Business

2016 Illinois Family Business of the Year Award Winners Announced
Awardees to be Honored at November 16 Gala in Chicago

CHICAGO, August 11, 2016 – The Family Business Center at Loyola University Chicago’s Quinlan School of Business is pleased to announce the winners of its 23rd annual Illinois Family Business of the Year Awards.

Presented in six categories, the awards recognize companies with exceptional commitment to family and family business. The center continues to recognize deserving family businesses and celebrate the family enterprise as it has for more than two decades.

An awards gala honoring the winners and finalists, as well as the tradition, dedication, and success of the family enterprise, will take place Wednesday, November 16, at 6:30 p.m. at the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago.

The 2016 Illinois Family Business of the Year awardees are:

The awards drew nominations in six categories: Small (companies with fewer than 50 employees), Medium (50 to 250), Large (more than 250), Community Service, the Dean’s Award, and the Century Award. Those recognized have demonstrated positive family/business linkage, multigenerational family business involvement, contributions to industry and community, and innovative business practices and strategies.

The center’s inspiration for the awards program comes from its numerous nominees: successful and dedicated family businesses whose generosity, innovation, and community involvement have left powerful and lasting impressions.

“Illinois family businesses, big and small, have a huge impact on our state economy, and they make a very big difference in our local communities, as well,” said Anne Smart, director of the Loyola Family Business Center. “It’s a privilege to shine a spotlight on these committed families and their businesses and celebrate them through the Illinois Family Business of the Year Awards.”

This year’s sponsors include BMO Harris Bank; Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP; Grant Thornton, LLP; MassMutual Hoopis Financial Group; MB Financial Bank; Oxford Financial Group; Perkins Coie, LLP; The Private Client Reserve of U.S. Bank; Crain’s Chicago Business; and Eli’s Cheesecake.

For more information on the Illinois Family Business of the Year Awards and to purchase tickets for the awards gala, visit LUC.edu/ILFBOYGala.

About Family Business Center at Loyola University Chicago’s Quinlan School of Business
The Loyola Family Business Center is an interdisciplinary leadership center 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’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. For more information, visit LUC.edu/fbc, or follow us on Twitter via @LoyolaFamilyBiz.

About Loyola University Chicago
Founded in 1870, Loyola University Chicago is one of the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic universities, with nearly 16,500 students. More than 11,000 undergraduates 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 11 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, Graduate School, and Arrupe College of Loyola University Chicago. Ranked a top 100 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.




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