2018 Wisconsin Family Business of the Year Award Winners Announced

Madison, WI – May 3, 2018: Eight family businesses were honored at the fifteenth annual Wisconsin Family Business of the Year Award banquet held Thursday evening at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center in Madison. Three grand awards were presented along with four special awards.

“We love to tell the stories of the family businesses that are nominated for this award. The resilience, creativity, ethical standards, and generosity of these businesses is inspiring. We are proud to sponsor this program” stated James Hartlieb, President of co-sponsor First Business Bank.

Twenty-three companies were nominated for the awards. Winners were selected by an independent panel of judges. Grand Awards were presented in three size categories: Large (100+ employees), Medium (25-99), and Small (under 25). Special awards were given by the judges to companies excelling in a particular area.

This year’s winners come from all corners of the state, from the Northwoods of Wisconsin, to small rural villages, to Metro-Milwaukee. Proof that family businesses are truly in the fabric of our state. There are second through fifth generation businesses in agriculture, retail, financial services, metal fabrication, food processing, and printing.

Grand Awards

Don Johnson Auto Group, Rice Lake                     Large Company

Chapter 2, Inc., Lake Mills                                        Medium Company

Ayers Furniture Company, Ridgeway                    Small Company

Special Awards/Title

Baker’s Quality Pizza Crusts, Inc., Waukesha       Rising to the Top

Diversified Seed Producers, LLC, DeForest          Growing Strong

Empire Screen Printing, Inc., Onalaska                 I Am Not Afraid

Heck Capital Advisors, LLC, Rhinelander               Building a Lasting Legacy

About the Award: The Wisconsin Family Business of the Year Award is sponsored by Smith & Gesteland, LLP, a Madison-based CPA and Business Consulting firm, First Business Bank, and the Husch Blackwell law firm, to highlight and celebrate the accomplishments and contributions of family businesses that make an impact on their communities and on the Wisconsin economy.

Further information about the award can be found at www.familybusinessaward.com.

 

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2018 Wisconsin Family Business of the Year Nominees

MADISON, WI APRIL 3, 2018: Now in its fifteenth year, the Wisconsin Family Business of the
Year Award has received nominations from 23 companies around the state. Awards will be given
to Small (under 25 employees), Medium (25-99) and Large (100+) companies.
From pizza crusts, to seed corn, real estate to auto repair, dentistry to banking, these family
businesses provide products and services we use every day. There are first through seventh
generation family businesses. They come from industries including auto dealers, agriculture,
manufacturing, association management, financial institutions, marketing, and construction.
The nominees are:
Artisan Dental, LLC, Madison
Ayers Furniture, Ridgeway
Ayres Painting Company, Middleton
Baker’s Quality Pizza Crusts, Inc., Waukesha
Brew City Marketing, Milwaukee
Champion Storage, Sheboygan
Chapter 2, Inc., Lake Mills
Diversified Seed Producers, LLC, DeForest
Don Johnson Auto Group, Rice Lake
Empire Screen Printing, Inc., Onalaska
Hartland Service, Inc., Hartland
Heck Capital Advisors, LLC, Rhinelander
Hunzinger Construction Company, Brookfield
Impact Virtual Services, Madison
J&D Tube Benders, Inc., Weston
La Crosse Sign Group, Onalaska
Lerdahl Business Interiors, Middleton
Reed Switch Developments Corp, Racine
Shorewest, REALTORS, Brookfield
Tools of Marketing, Inc., Prairie du Sac
Trans International, Menomonee Falls
Union Bank & Trust Company, Evansville
Waunakee Furniture ETC & Gift Gallery, Waunakee

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Still time to apply for Family Business Awards

BY JOE VANDEN PLAS, InBusiness Magazine

Tom Flesch, president and CEO of Gordon Flesch Co., says its allows a family business to find out things about company history that management doesn’t often think about.

He was referring to the simple process of self-nominating for the annual Wisconsin Family Business Awards. Thanks to the time the Madison-based office technology business took to fill out the nomination form, it received a special “Wired for Success” award for excelling in technology.

Charles Crave called it an incredible affirmation of not only the family farm business, but particularly the Crave family and the effort that generations have put forth toward Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheese in Waterloo.

He was referring to Crave Brothers taking home a 2017 Family Business Grand Award in the medium size category.

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Interest rising for Wisconsin Family Business of the Year Award program

By: WisBusiness.com

Organizers for the Wisconsin Family Business of the Year Award say they’re seeing a big bump in interest for this year’s program, which carries on the tradition of recognizing family-owned businesses for their contribution to the state.

Awardees will be announced at the 15th annual awards ceremony, held May 3 at the Monona Terrace in Madison. Nominations are being accepted until March 30.

Family businesses are judged on contribution to community and industry, business performance, flexibility, innovation and how family values influence the business.

One award winner from 2015, Stan’s Fit For Your Feet, got its start as Stan’s Bootery in Milwaukee back in 1950. It was founded by Stan and Emerance Sajdak, grandparents of Megan Sajdak, marketing director for Stan’s Fit For Your Feet and New Balance Milwaukee.

 

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Interview with Eugene Mancl

By: Wisconsinpotatoes.com

In 1973, Ron and Bonnie Mancl moved to Wisconsin Rapids to start Ron’s Refrigeration & Air Conditioning, Inc. At that time, Ron was alone running the service, bidding projects and building a customer base. Bonnie took care of the office and kept the books. Today, Ron’s Refrigeration employs over 30 people and provides engineering, service and installation to customers throughout the state of Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota and Michigan’s UP.

For the past 20 years, Ron’s son, Eugene Mancl, has served as the company’s Vice President. Eugene is a partner with his brother, Tim and his sister, Tammy Salewski.

 

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Nominations open for WI Family Business of the Year award

By Wisconsin State Farmer

The 2018 Wisconsin Family Business of the Year Award program is underway and accepting nominations from businesses throughout the state.

The award, now in its 15th year, celebrates the accomplishments and the impact family-owned businesses have on our communities.

Last year’s group of family business nominees was a very diverse field representing many different industries. Dairy farms, Realtors, manufacturers, contractors, veterinarians, dentists, and plumbers.

Six nominees were businesses over 100 years old. Nearly half of the 32 nominees have made it to the third or greater generations.

 

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Nomination Form

The Wisconsin Family Business of the Year award highlights and celebrates the accomplishments and contributions of family businesses that make an impact on the Wisconsin business community.

Since the program began in 2004, we have recognized 100 family-owned businesses. Why nominate your family business? A nomination alone is an honor to the business and the family. Award programs are an effective way to bring positive recognition for the good things you do in your community and your industry. A company’s marketing and employee morale benefit from being involved in recognition programs. In addition, the process of evaluating your company and putting your accomplishments on paper is a beneficial and rewarding exercise

 


FBA in the News

By: The Sun Prairie Star

 

The 2018 Wisconsin Family Business of the Year Award program is under way and accepting nominations from businesses throughout the state. The award, now in its 15th year, celebrates the accomplishments and the impact family-owned businesses have on Wisconsin communities.

Last year’s group of diverse family business nominees represented many different industries: Dairy farms, Realtors, manufacturers, contractors, veterinarians, dentists, and plumbers. Six nominees were more than 100 years old.

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Family Business of the Year Award in the news

By: Ashland Daily Press

The 2018 Wisconsin Family Business of the Year Award program is accepting nominations from businesses throughout the state. The award, now in its 15th year, celebrates the accomplishments and the impact family-owned businesses have on communities.

Three Grand Awards will be given to family businesses in small (under 25 employees), medium (25-99 employees), and large (100 or more employees) company categories. Special Awards will also be given to businesses excelling in a particular area.

 

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Fifteenth Annual Wisconsin Family Business of the Year Award Nominations Open

The 2018 Wisconsin Family Business of the Year Award program is underway and accepting nominations from businesses throughout the state. The award, now in its  fifteenth year, celebrates the accomplishments and the impact family-owned businesses have on our communities.

Last year’s group of family business nominees was a very diverse field representing many different industries. Dairy farms, Realtors, manufacturers, contractors, veterinarians, dentists, and plumbers. Six nominees were over 100 years old. Nearly half of the 32 nominees have made it to the third or greater generations. According to The Family Firm Institute, only 12% of family businesses make it beyond the second generation. This award celebrates the innovation, impact, and resilience of family businesses in Wisconsin.

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