This will be a live event with a virtually broadcast platform, all nominees will be introduced, and winners will be announced during the program. An excellent opportunity to recognize your company or individual for the sterling achievements they have accomplished. We had over 100 nominees this year - join us to see who wins!
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Auburn Hills, MI – Congratulations to the following outstanding Auburn Hills Chamber of Commerce Award nominees and winners. On Monday, December 7, 2020, the Auburn Hills Chamber of Commerce recognized these individuals and companies for their achievements and revealed the winners at its annual Silver & Gold Awards a live virtual broadcast event from 10:00am – 12:00pm. The program honored business leaders in the areas of innovation, leadership, and community involvement. It also recognized volunteers and supporters of the Auburn Hills Chamber.
Auburn Hills Chamber and Special Recognition Awards recognized leaders including:
Board Member of the Year – Brian Kundinger, Kundinger Inc.
Outgoing Board of Directors – Lisa Kavalhuna - Oakland County, Brian Kundinger - Kundinger Inc., Lisa Stella - Stella Wealth Management of Raymond James, Thomas Tanghe - City of Auburn Hills, Phil Zanolli - Hirotec America
Ambassador of the Year – Sarah Barnett, Marco Technologies
Outstanding Committee - Ambassador Committee
Taste on the Go People’s Choice Award – Nothing Bundt Cakes
Mayor’s Award – LXR Biotech
Silver & Gold Awards recognized individuals and companies who represent “sterling” qualities of excellence and leadership. The award nominees were introduced, and winners included:
Andrews Hooper Pavlik PLC Woman's Leadership Award
This award recognizes a woman who exemplifies a strong commitment to personal, community and professional development.
Winner: Kelly Carroll-Burgin – K. Carroll Accessories
Nominees include: Kelly Carroll-Burgin – K. Carroll Accessories, Cortney Casey – Michigan By The Bottle Tasting Room, Kristen Conte – Baker College, Athena Dumas – Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit/Oakland County Michigan Works! Pontiac, Katie Gadulka – Michigan Association of CPA’s, Lisa Goyette – CH Training & Coaching, Dr. Ora Pescovitz – Oakland University, Heidi Kassab – Cornerstone Community Financial Credit Union, Iris Lane – Baker College, Stephanie J. Lee, EdD – Oakland University, Kristen Old – Great Lakes Crossing Outlets, Dawn Priebe – Peppa Pig World of Play/Merlin Entertainments, Renee Roth – Dewpoint, Leigh Settlemoir Dzwik – Oakland University, Patty Sterba – Dewpoint, JaCinda Sumara – Oakland Schools, Stefanie Thornton – Faurecia North America, Kathy Urech – AM General
Atlas Copco Excellence Award
Awards the company that not only meets industry standards but has clearly gone above and beyond to improve their company and industry expectations.
Winner: Easterseals Michigan
Nominees include: Applied Imaging, BorgWarner, Easterseals Michigan, PC Miracles, Team CORE, LLC, The HUB Stadium, TI Fluid Systems
Auxiom Golden SMB Award
This award recognizes a small or medium size business that exemplifies "The Golden Rule" - treat others as you want to be treated.
Winner: Trion Solutions, Inc.
Nominees include: Crossroads Care Center, EveryBody by Dutton Farm, Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham, Johnston Photography, Lucerne International Inc., MDTS, Mission Point Resort, New Horizons, Trion Solutions, Inc., Venture HR Pro
Baker College of Auburn Hills Education Advocate Award
This award is presented to the company with the most progressive education initiatives.
Winner: Challenge Island - Oakland County East
Nominees include: ABB Robotics & Discrete Automation, Challenge Island – Oakland County East, Faurecia North America, MSU Federal Credit Union/OU Credit Union, Munetrix, Oakland Community College
Beaumont Health Excellence in Healthcare Award
This award honors an individual who demonstrates leadership, innovation, and excellence in the healthcare field.
Winner: Dr. Remylin Bruder, DNP, RN - Rochester University
Nominees include: Dr. Remylin Bruder, DNP, RN - Rochester University, Mike Dyki – Blossom Collection – Moceri Companies, Jeffrey Guina, MD – Easterseals Michigan and Beaumont Hospital
City of Auburn Hills Business Success Story Award
This award is given to a company large or small, that has made significant strides within their business. This award also recognizes the outstanding commitment to a company's employees, its mission, and overall achievements within an organization.
Winner: Quantum Services Group
Nominees include: Crossroads Care Center, Easterseals Michigan, MDTS, Mission Point Resort, PeopleMost, Quantum Services Group
Consumers Energy Cares Award
This award recognizes the individual that continuously demonstrates a commitment to helping others in the community.
Winner: Domenic Morelli – Faith Works Michigan
Nominees include: Julianna Blankenship – Cornerstone Community Financial Credit Union, Jarvis-LaRue D. Brown – Boys & Girls Club of Southeastern Michigan, Tracey Fish – Crossroads Care Center, Jordan Hopkins – Jordan Hopkins Photography, Don Johnston – Schooley Mitchell, Amber Maiani – Venture HR Pro, Dustin McClellan – Pontiac Community Foundation, Officer Brian Miller – Auburn Hills Police Department, Domenic Morelli – Faith Works Michigan, Debbie Pruent – Oakland University Advisory Board, Ashley Werkmeister – Chief Financial Credit Union, Brent L. Wirth – Easterseals Michigan
DBusiness Magazine Emerging Leader Award
This award is presented to the individual who stands out as a leader among peers 35 and younger.
Winner: Meghan Oesterle – Faurecia North America
Nominees include: Jeremy Bishop – Crowne Plaza Auburn Hills, Jennifer Bleau – Cornerstone Community Financial Credit Union, Jarvis-LaRue D. Brown – Boys & Girls Club of Southeastern Michigan, Brandon Kidder – Family Table Café, Katie Lamb – Neighborhood House, Hillary Marshall – Kay Automotive Graphics, Meghan Oesterle – Faurecia North America, Jennifer Porter – Rochester University, Kelly Schafka – Dewpoint
Detroit Pistons Game Changer Award
This award recognizes an individual who is changing the way business is done or making a significant contribution to our community.
Winner: John Barnes – Dorsey Schools
Nominees include: John Barnes – Dorsey Schools, DJ Bridges – Rock Central, Richard Brown – Munetrix, Jessica Cobb – MDTS, Steven Flores – Cornerstone Community Financial, James Lopiccolo – Capocore Professional Advisors, Amber Maini – Venture HR Pro, Karen Phelps – Phelps Positive Performance
Faurecia North America Diversity & Inclusion Pacesetter Award
This award is presented to a local company that promotes and facilitates a culture of diversity and inclusion in the categories of work environment, career development, training, networking, and mentoring.
Winner: McLaren Oakland
Nominees include: EveryBody by Dutton Farm, McLaren Oakland, New Horizons.
Gardner-White Michigan Economy and Community Contributions Award
Honors an individual who is a community leader from a Michigan-owned and operated business.
Winner: Jean M. Stenger – DKSS CPAs + Advisors
Nominees include: Matthew J. Farrell – Team CORE, LLC, Mike Kneffel – Blair Hall Coffee, Jean M. Stenger – DKSS CPAs + Advisors
Great Lakes Crossing Outlets Shared Values Award
Presented to a company who demonstrates a commitment to the shared values of Great Lakes Crossing Outlets by taking the high road, playing for the team, respecting everyone, pushing the envelope, pursuing excellence, honoring tomorrow today, staying accountable, and loving what they do.
Nominees include: CH Training & Coaching, Dewpoint, Job Impulse, United Shore Professional Baseball League, Xceleration Fitness
Mahindra Automotive North America "RISE" Award
This award recognizes one individual or group of individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to beautifying the local community by way of an initiative related to agriculture or the arts.
Winner: Sheila Clayton – Sprigs Floral Expressions
Nominees include: Patrick Burns – Timberland Landscape, Sheila Clayton – Sprigs Floral Expressions, Don Johnston & Dorothy Roberts-Johnston – Johnston Photography/Schooley Mitchell
Oakland University Innovator of the Year Award
This award is presented to the company with an impressive innovation story.
Winner: Continental Structural Plastics, A Teijin Group Company
Nominees Include: Challenge Island – Oakland County East, Continental Structural Plastics, A Teijin Group Company, Cygnet Institute of Personal Financial Literacy, EveryBody by Dutton Farm, MSU Federal Credit Union/OU Credit Union, Oakland Youth Orchestras
Ogletree Deakins Human Resources Vanguard Award
Presented to the company that takes on a human resource challenge in a creative and innovative way given the increased competition for talent, the complex regulatory environment, and our litigious society.
Winner: Cornerstone Community Financial Credit Union
Nominees include: Cornerstone Community Financial Credit Union, Job Impulse, Rightsize Facility
Pomeroy Living Outstanding Community Wellness Award
Presented to a company who is a great community partner and is always focused on the wellness of others.
Winner: Genisys Credit Union
Nominees include: Continental Automotive Systems, Inc., Genisys Credit Union, Marsh & McLennan Agency, Munetrix, Nexteer Automotive, Team CORE, LLC
Stella Wealth Management of Raymond James Higher Standard Award
This award is presented to the individual that has shown high standards in business acumen and service.
Winner: Michael Crank – Royal Park Hotel
Nominees include: Michael Crank – Royal Park Hotel, Debbie Gibb – Merlin Entertainments, Dawn Priebe – Peppa Pig World of Play
Trion Solutions, Inc. Vision Made Perfectly Clear Award
Presented to a small to mid-size emerging company with a clear and distinctive vision and on a fast track to success. The company likely would have been founded within the past 10 years.
Winner: Humus Goodness
Nominees include: Blue Skies Brewery Auburn Hills, GameTime Gaming Auburn Hills, Hummus Goodness
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