Ames Chamber of Commerce

Annual Awards

Every year the Ames Chamber of Commerce and its affiliate organizations recognize individuals and businesses who have shown exemplary service and commitment in their profession or in the community. The combined Annual Event of the Ames Chamber of Commerce, Ames Economic Development Commission, Ames Main Street, FUEL Story County, Ames Seed Capital, The Ames Foundation and Campustown Action Association celebrates the accomplishments of the annual award recipients for each organization.

Congratulations to our 2018 Annual Award Winners!

Business Person of the Year: Julie Weeks, Ames Convention & Visitors Bureau
Business Person of the Year: Julie Weeks, Ames Convention & Visitors Bureau
Community Involvement: Paul Livingston, Hunziker & Associates, Realtors
Community Involvement: Paul Livingston, Hunziker & Associates, Realtors
Entrepreneur of the Year: Ryan Newstrom, Cornbred Barbecue
Entrepreneur of the Year: Ryan Newstrom, Cornbred Barbecue
Diversity & Inclusion: Dr. Reginald Stewart, Iowa State University
Diversity & Inclusion: Dr. Reginald Stewart, Iowa State University
Ames Chamber Ambassador of the Year: Danielle Minde, iHome Realty
Ames Chamber Ambassador of the Year: Danielle Minde, iHome Realty
Economic Impact: 3M Company
Economic Impact: 3M Company
Economic Impact: Burke Corporation
Economic Impact: Burke Corporation
Economic Impact: MH Eby, Inc.
Economic Impact: MH Eby, Inc.
Economic Impact: Kent Corporation
Economic Impact: Kent Corporation
Economic Impact: Innovative Technologies
Economic Impact: Innovative Technologies
Economic Impact: Collins Aerospace
Economic Impact: Collins Aerospace
The Ames Foundation Contributor of the Year: Sankalp Organization
The Ames Foundation Contributor of the Year: Sankalp Organization
Ames Main Street Farmers’ Market Contributor of the Year: Bob Ryerson
Ames Main Street Farmers’ Market Contributor of the Year: Bob Ryerson
Ames Main Street Volunteer of the Year: Mark Peterson, Emerhoff’s Footwear
Ames Main Street Volunteer of the Year: Mark Peterson, Emerhoff’s Footwear
Campustown Action Association Volunteer of the Year: Amy Mellies, St. John’s Episcopal Church
Campustown Action Association Volunteer of the Year: Amy Mellies, St. John’s Episcopal Church
Young Professionals of Ames 4 Under 40: Justin Dodge, Hunziker Companies
Young Professionals of Ames 4 Under 40: Justin Dodge, Hunziker Companies
Young Professionals of Ames 4 Under 40: Andy McCormick, Torrent Brewing Company
Young Professionals of Ames 4 Under 40: Andy McCormick, Torrent Brewing Company
Young Professionals of Ames 4 Under 40: Amanda Moorman, The Milestone Group at Morgan Stanley
Young Professionals of Ames 4 Under 40: Amanda Moorman, The Milestone Group at Morgan Stanley
Young Professionals of Ames 4 Under 40: Jessica Reynolds, Story County Attorney’s Office
Young Professionals of Ames 4 Under 40: Jessica Reynolds, Story County Attorney’s Office
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Awards

  • Business Person of the Year
    • Recognizes an individual for his/her long-term commitment to their own business as well as the business climate and quality of life in the community.
  • Community Involvement
    • Recognizes an individual for his/her personal involvement and enthusiasm in a variety of civic and/or service organizations and has shown effort in improving the quality of life in the community.
  • Entrepreneur of the Year
    • Recognizes an individual for his/her creativity, imagination and personal initiative in operating a successful business venture.
  • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Recognizes an individual for his/her leadership in developing inclusive organizations and being a champion of diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Chamber Ambassador of the Year
    • Recognizes an individual for his/her outstanding dedication to the Chamber and its members as an Ames Chamber Ambassador
    Economic Impact
    • The Ames Economic Development Commission presents Economic Impact Awards to area companies that have made significant contributions to the greater Ames and Story County area through business growth and job creation.
  • Ames Main Street: Volunteer of the Year
    • Recognizes an individual who has performed above and beyond for Downtown Ames by volunteering their time and efforts to support Ames Main Street and their work.
  • Campustown Action Association: Volunteer of the Year
    • Recognizes an individual for their time and effort representing Campustown and CAA at events throughout the Ames community.
  • Ames Main Street Farmers' Market: Contributor of the Year
    • Recognizes an individual or business who has supported the market and helped it continue to prosper and grow.
  • The Ames Foundation: Contributor of the Year
    • Recognizes an individual who has gone above and beyond in their volunteerism and support of the Ames Foundation.
  • FUEL Story County: 4 Under 40
    • The '4 Under 40' Awards capture the spirit of extraordinary young professionals in our community by recognizing those individuals who take the mission of FUEL Story County to heart, which is to be leaders committed to improving the quality of life in Ames, and to establish a community of young professionals dedicated to building and fostering relationships through leadership development, professional development, philanthropic involvement, and cultural and social opportunities. These young professionals have demonstrated outstanding leadership, professionalism, and community involvement in Ames, Iowa.
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