Chamber Business Award Winners 2021
To recognize businesses or organizations who maintain the highest standard of excellence throughout the Superior, Douglas County, and Twin Ports communities.
Any community member may nominate a business for recognition (including their own if a Chamber member), and only Chamber member businesses are eligible for recognition. (Click here to see Business Directory of Chamber Members). In general, nominees should be those whose business practices and professional conduct contributes to a sense of cooperation within the entire business community, and which helps promote the Superior – Douglas County area as a good place to live as well as do business. Note: “New Business of the Year Award” may go to a non-chamber member business.
New Business of the Year Award
The Superior-Douglas County community has seen a significant amount of new economic development! All businesses that opened during the calendar year prior to the awards ceremony event held in March automatically qualify for this award and will be contacted to request submission of their own accomplishments. Judging for this award was based on potential community impact, use of innovation and technology, and overall community awareness, in addition to their submission.
2021 New Business of the Year Winner - Hog Wild BBQ & Smokehouse
Hog Wild BBQ & Smokehouse is located in Solon Springs. It is owned by Kim and Steve Kastern. In Kim’s words, she was brought up in the industry. Kim’s parents owned and operated the Kopper Kettle for almost forty years and previously Steve and Kim owned and operated the Choo Choo Bar and Grill in Superior. They Opened Hog Wild on July 15th of 2020. They noted that they saw many of the growing pains any new business goes through. Hog Wild has added a new dimension of flavor and hospitality to the Solon Springs community and the community has embraced them with open arms. They have taken a foreclosed property in a rural community and built a thriving business. They take pride in being small town USA strong!
New Business of the Year 2021 Nominees: Hair Creations by Krista, Superior Cubans
Outstanding Young Business Award
This award goes to a business that has been in operation for more than five years but less than twenty years (regardless of size or industry). The nominations included a brief history of the business and its contribution to the community. Specific topics that were evaluated for the selection of this award included:
- Organizational performance and integrity
- Treatment of employees
- Community impact
- Overall safety
- Quality of leadership
2021 Outstanding Young Business Winner - Core Landscaping
Core Landscaping is one of the Core Advantage companies and is located off Garfield Avenue near the Winter Street Industrial Park. Core Landscaping started in 2012 and has since been a pillar of our community. There is no question that you have seen their vehicles around town. This business strives to put employees first and create a true family atmosphere that works towards employee growth and advancement for each employee. Jim DeMeyer has instilled a sense of integrity and truth in the company and it’s employees, he has developed a business laid on the foundations of helping others and your word is your bond. Few people know that Core Landscaping participates in Green Care and Snow Care for troops and has for many years, they volunteer and donate their services to families that have a spouse that has been deployed so it's one less stressful item off their shoulders.
Outstanding Young Business 2021 Nominees: Edward Jones - Jason W. Rolfe, Financial Advisor, Serenity Spa, and Salon Featuring Posh Affair Boutique
Community Corner Stone Award
This award went to a business that has been in operation for more than twenty years (regardless of size or industry). The nominations included a brief history of the business itself, its impact on the community in past generations as well as how it will positively impact the generations to come. This is a business whose employees are proud to say who they work for and strive daily to only improve the incredible foundation this company stands on. Specific topics that were evaluated for the selection of this award included:
- Long term business success
- Strong community involvement
- Demonstrated flexibility and adaptability in an ever-changing business world
- Innovative business strategies
- Recognized business leadership as a role model organization
2021 Community Corner Stone Winner - Superior Choice Credit Union
Superior Choice Credit Union has been a cornerstone to the Superior community for almost 90 years. What started with 26 Superior community members and $100 in 1932 has blossomed into over 30,000 members and over half a billion dollars in assets as of 2021. As a not-for-profit organization, SCCU reinvests its profits back into its members, employees, and community. They give back through college scholarships for local students, donating to dozens of local organizations, and sponsoring a plethora of local events. Over the past decade, SCCU has reinvested half a billion dollars back into our local community. As a financial institution, Superior Choice Credit Union provides products and services to meet the financial needs of our community members both on a personal level as well as local businesses by providing commercial. They employ over 120 people, the majority of which are in Superior. Superior Choice Credit Union underwent a major shift in leadership this year bringing in four new executives to spearhead change and growth for the organization. They are on a new path and moving forward with momentum and strategy. It is evident that SCCU is an organization that cares – about their employees, about their members, and about the community at large. We are excited to see what awaits in the chapters over the next 90 years.
Young Professional of the Year Award
Qualified candidates for this award must either live or work in Douglas County, Wisconsin, and were 40 years old or younger during the entire 2018 awards year.
Nominations included answers to the following questions: a short description of the person and the role they play in their organization, including the impact this person has on the day to day operations and customers. How has the nominee demonstrated leadership in and out of the workplace? How have they shown professional success and career growth while maintaining professional integrity? What is the work ethic of the nominee? How do they manage the work-life balance? Are they philanthropic, how are they involved in their community? And more so, what sets this individual apart from their peers? Most importantly, how is this person an advocate for the Superior/Douglas County community?
2021 Outstanding Young Professional of the Year Winner - Kristen Lilya, Nemadji Golf Course
Kristen is the Sales and Marketing Manager at Nemadji Golf Course. Her positive attitude, professionalism, and work ethic has helped Nemadji achieve a record setting season in 2020 and yet another record setting season in 2021. Kristen is consistently mentioned by name in Nemadji’s weekly surveys and often puts in extra hours to help other departments with what they need help with, even when it is outside her regular daily responsibilities. The marketing strategies Kristen has implemented since taking over have grown Nemadji’s social audience exponentially. As an example, one of Kristen's posts had over 150k engagements! Kristen is a member of the Bois Forte Band of Ojibwe and can often be found volunteering to help better the youth of her tribe. She has a history of helping their junior golf program as well as attending various wellness programs. Kristen can often be overheard referring guests to lodging, dining, and general merchant needs here in Superior. She understands the importance when our guests keep business local and represents Superior/Douglas County community well!
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