Joannie and I had the privilege of attending the Twin Cities North Chamber of Commerce 2013 Excellence in Business Awards last Friday night. It was held at the wonderful Vadnais Heights Commons in Vadnais Heights, MN. It’s always great to see all of our friends at Chamber events and the annual Gala is always really fun!
The theme this year: “Take Me Out To The Ballgame!” As many of you know, that’s kind of right up our alley. I got to sport my Harmon Killebrew jersey and Joannie was all decked out in her Joe Mauer jersey, hat, Minnesota Twins earrings and cute matching baseball socks! She even won the award for the best female costume! Sweet!
Here’s the Excellence in Excellence in Business Award Winners for 2013 followed by a highlight video we put together from the evenings festivities! Congratulations to all of you from Michael and Joannie!
Innovation through Technology Award – Running Aces Harness Park
The Innovation through Technology Award is presented to the business that introduced innovative technology into the business place, that broke new ground in their field, and demonstrated some successful impact. This award is available to both technology providers and consumers.
International Business Achievement Award – AltaMAR Laser and Control
The International Business Achievement Award is presented to the business that increased business agility, provided world-class solutions to companies and transformed themselves into a successful global enterprise, while increasing the international profile of the community.
Excellence in People Development Award – Western Bank
The Excellence in People Development Award is presented to the business that shows commitment to people development and empowering their workforce to increase their productivity through well-conceived training and creative Human Resources practices.
The Community Advocate Award – A Tie! BioLife Plasma Services and Unity Hospital
The Community Advocate Award is presented to a business that has exemplified the ideals of citizenship through a specific community service program that promotes community-business relations and contributes to the positive development of the community. This award recognizes programs that are created and managed from within the organization.
Best Sales & Marketing Team Award – Kadrie Insurance
The Best Sales & Marketing Team Award is presented to a business, with two or more people working in their Sales & Marketing team that have implemented a marketing event or campaign during the last eighteen months that successfully exceeded past performances or industry norms.
Nonprofit of the Year Award – Crest View Senior Communities
The Nonprofit of the Year Award is presented to the organization that demonstrates superior performance, quality and consistency in the pursuit of its mission. Any tax exempt organization is available for this award.
Bridge Builder Award – Roseville Adult Learning Center
The Bridge Builder Award is presented to a business or organization demonstrating exceptional performance in collaboration between students from area educational institutions and area businesses or workplaces. The award recognizes student workforce development opportunities such as internships, mentoring programs, job shadowing, apprenticeships, or such offerings.
Presidential Achievement Award – Kathy Klang of Cummings, Keegan & Co.
Having served on the Twin Cities North Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, and as Treasurer, since 1994, this first time award is in appreciation of all that Kathy has done for the Chamber.
Here’s the highlights from the entire evening’s festivities!