Chamber Business Award Winners 2019
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.
2019 New Business of the Year Winner - U-Haul Moving and Storage of Superior
Since coming to Superior, U-Haul has plugged into the local community from “day one” to meet a noticeable storage need. From utilizing a vacant retail space to significantly improving their building and storefront, U-Haul has worked overtime to not only operate in their space but to improve it. From online and mobile services and 24hour access to facilities, even new customer rental availability 24/7, they fully utilize technology. It’s pretty tough not to know where their bright orange building is, but this orange also comes with outstanding customer service and professional facilities from front to back. The community has stepped up in full support and they are proudly here for their community.
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
2019 Outstanding Young Business Winner - American Family Insurance, Nick Korhonen Agency
American Family Insurance, Nick Korhonen Agency has been a positive force in the central business district of Superior. They have invested in their building and made an attractive storefront on Belknap Street, they are engaged in charitable causes in our community, they have shown steady growth as an agency in a highly competitive market, and have expanded operations in recent years to Duluth as well. Nick and his team practice ethical business standards and continually give back to our community. They are engaged in raising funds and support organizations like CASDA, PAVSA, and children's programs like Kids Dream. Nick has been passionate about his involvement on the board of the Superior Business Improvement District and currently serves as the Chair of the Superior Business Improvement District Board of Directors. If you are an insured of Nicks you are certain to be treated with professionalism and respect.
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
2019 Community Corner Stone Winner - St. Luke's Mariner Medical Clinic
The St Luke’s Mariner Medical Clinic has been dedicated to providing essential health care to the Superior community for over 30 years. This local clinic has positively impacted the citizens of Superior by serving a broad range of health care needs from infants to elderly and everyone in between. For the Clinic, the staff/patient relationship is more than just a medical relationship, it is personal on many accounts and staff are always willing to provide a listening ear. The Mariner Medical Clinic has been deeply involved in the community in a variety of venues besides the day to day health care provision. From clean-up projects to charity events and community education, the Mariner Medical Clinic continually invests its employee time and energy into a number of local groups. From patient care to employee training the Mariner Medical Clinic is always evolving and improving. From the Office Manager down, patient care is #1 and their commitment to the community is a team effort.
Community Cornerstone 2019 Nominees: Downs Funeral Home, Fraser Shipyards/Fraser Industries, Stack Brothers Mechanical Contractors, Sterling Silver Studio LLC, Superior Choice Credit Union, and Superior-Douglas County Family YMCA
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?
2019 Oustanding Young Professional of the Year Winner - Jeff Cushman, Downs Funeral Home
Jeff is the owner/operator of Downs Funeral Home and continues on the company values and beliefs that have served our community for over 130 years through his actions in the community. He treats everyone he encounters with respect and kindness. Jeff donates his time and talent to at least 5 different boards and organizations and yet still finds time for his wife, daughter, and friends. Jeff works with people during their most troubled times and holds steady to provide our families with the honest, compassionate, and professional services we trust and need. If you know Jeff, you can attest to his strength of character and integrity.
2019 Outstanding Young Professional of the Year Nominees: Anna Fitzsimmons, Best Western Bridgeview; Kerstyn Hendricks, National Bank of Commerce; Matthew Hansmeier, St. Luke's Mariner Medical Clinic; Ruth Heitke, ZMC Hotels; Ryan Nelson, P&R Properties, LLC.
2019 Chamber Ambassador of the Year - Julie Urban, Gavilon Grain
In 2018 The Chamber Ambassadors volunteered their time to attend over 50 events, meetings and special occasions for our community!
The Chamber Ambassadors are described as a team of community-spirited individuals who are outgoing, dedicated Chamber members or member employees. This “goodwill arm” of the Chamber would not be able to volunteer so much time and energy without the generous support of their employers. Thank you to their employers!
Julie Urban, the recipient of this year’s Ambassador of the year award is a continually positive person, dedicated employee, advocate for our community, and a leader amongst her peers.
Thank you to our Partners!