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Congratulations to all the nominees and winners of the 2021 Silver & Gold Awards.
The Auburn Hills Chamber of Commerce recognizes outstanding local businesses and individuals at the 2021 Silver & Gold Awards Program. This high-profile event offers great networking and plenty of recognition. Named awards recognize individual, companies and organizations for significant achievement in education, innovation, and business throughout the year.
Auburn Hills Chamber and Special Recognition Awards recognizing leaders include:
Ambassador of the Year – Gale Walney, Elliott Woodworking
Board Member of the Year – Peter Karsten, CPA, PhD, Baker College of Auburn Hills
Outgoing Committee Chairs – Michael Crank, Hospitality Committee. Alan Cole & Jackie McDonald, Next Generation Committee, Bard Lott, Golf Committee
Outgoing Board of Directors – Deborah Burton, CPA, Plante Moran, Brad Lott, Lenise McWhorter, Stellantis, Ryan Rassmussen, Fieldstone A&E
People’s Choice Taste on the Go Vendor – Gloria Jean’s Coffees
Mayor’s Award – Cortney & Shannon Casey, representing Michigan by the Bottle, Blue Skies Brewery Auburn Hills, and Layover Coffee Bar group of companies.
Named Awards recognize individuals and companies who represent “sterling” qualities of excellence and leadership. There are eighteen named awards including:
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: Patty Sterba, Dewpoint
Nominees include: Kelly Berishaj, DNP, RN,ACNS-BC, SANE-A, Oakland University - School of Nursing, Judy K. Brown, Great Lakes Pension Associates, Kristen M. Cometto-Russ, Oakland University, School of Business Administration, Susan Gibson, Rehmann, Lisa Goyette, CH Training & Coaching, Heidi Kassab, Cornerstone Community Financial, Melissa Koski, PHR, Valiant TMS, Dana Lasenby, MA, LLP, MBA, Oakland Community Health Network, Kristen Munyan, DNP, RN, FNP-BC, Oakland University - School of Nursing, Jeni Pochmara, Chief Financial, Patty Sterba, Dewpoint, Kelli Vida, Webasto Americas.
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: City of Auburn Hills
Nominees include: City of Auburn Hills, PC Miracles, SALTA of Auburn Hills, Team CORE.
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: CH Training & Coaching
Nominees include: Branex Group, CH Training & Coaching, Marlo Beauty Supply.
Baker College of Auburn Hills Education Advocate Award
This award is presented to the company with the most progressive education initiatives.
Winner: Easterseals Michigan
Nominees include: Avondale School District, Challenge Island – Oakland County East, Detroit Pistons, Easterseals Michigan, Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants.
Beaumont Health Excellence in Healthcare Award
This award honors an individual who demonstrates leadership, innovation, and excellence in the healthcare field.
Winner: Mary Miles, Ed.D, Oakland Community College
Nominees include: Kelly, Berishaj, DNP, RN, ACNS-BC, SANE-A Oakland University - School of Nursing
Anna Liza Casem, Beaumont Troy Campus, Judy Didion PhD, RN, Oakland University School of Nursing, Mary Miles, Ed.D, Oakland Community College.
Chief Financial Credit Union Strategic Partner Award
Presented to a company or organization making a significant impact within the community through a creative strategic partnership with another organization.
Winner: Beaumont Health
Nominees include: Beaumont Health, Jax Kar Wash, Oakland Community College.
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.
Nominees include: Crossroads Care Center, Gardner-White, Munetrix.
Consumers Energy Cares Award
This award recognizes the individual that continuously demonstrates a commitment to helping others in the community.
Winner: Jackie Buchanan, Genisys Credit Union
Nominees include: Jackie Buchanan, Genisys Credit Union, Ben Fallert, Detroit Pistons, Jennifer Harban, Chief Financial Credit Union, John Varilek, Dewpoint.
DBusiness Magazine Emerging Leader Award
This award is presented to the individual who stands out as a leader among peers 35 and younger.
Winner: Jennifer Porter, Rochester University
Nominees include: Brandon Bartneck, FEV North America, Inc., Kathleen Garry Hagan, Valiant TMS, Allie Guzmán-Visniski, Chief Financial Credit Union, Bryan Halpin, Webasto Group Americas, Brandon Kidder, Family Table Café, Mernard Landicho, Fogo de Chão Brazilian Steakhouse, Michael O'Brien, DuPont, Jennifer Porter, Rochester University, Marissa Rickman, Detroit Pistons, Kara Vartanian (Millerschin), Reliance One, TJ Young, Cornerstone Community Financial.
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: Tom Dluzen, Chief Financial Credit Union
Nominees include: John Blanchard, SALTA of Auburn Hills, Tom Dluzen, Chief Financial Credit Union, Deneen Macedonia, Trion Solutions, Dan Rutherford, Oakland HOPE, John Varilek, Dewpoint.
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: Baker College
Nominees include: Baker College, Dutton Farm, MSU Federal Credit Union/OU Credit Union.
Gardner-White Michigan Economy and Community Contributions Award
Honors an individual who is a community leader from a Michigan-owned and operated business.
Winner: Paul Gualtieri, MAS, MASI, HALO
Nominees include: Pat Celani, Neighborhood House, John Blanchard, MD, SALTA of Auburn Hills, Paul Gualtieri, MAS, MASI, HALO.
MSU Federal Credit Union/ Oakland University Credit Union Financial Wellness Award
Presented to a company with a successful financial wellness program providing access and support to the financial wellness of their employees.
Winner: Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants
Nominees include: CORE Financial Group, Cygnet Institute of Personal Financial Literacy, Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants.
Oakland University Innovator of the Year Award
This award is presented to the company with an impressive innovation story.
Winner: FEV North America
Nominees Include: FEV North America, MSU Federal Credit Union/OU Credit Union, Munetrix, Oakland Youth Orchestras, SALTA of Auburn Hills, Valiant TMS.
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: Atlas Copco
Nominees include: Atlas Copco, Easterseals Michigan, Plante Moran.
PurposePoint Foundational Integrity Award
This award is presented to the company that has held most true to its original founding purpose and the impact it was created to have on its people and those they serve.
Winner: New Horizons
Nominees include: Brain Balance of Oakland County, Chief Financial Credit Union, Crossroads Care Center, Dutton Farm, FEV North America, New Horizons, Quantum Services Group.
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: Christine Esterreicher, Stellantis
Nominees include: Jan Deyton, Dewpoint, Christine Estereicher, Stellantis, Joe Geradli, De La Salle Collegiate.
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: Lakeland Fresh Farms
Nominees include: dorsay digital marketing agency, Elite Detection K9, Lakeland Fresh Farms.
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