Ames Chamber of Commerce

Past Award Winners


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.

2020 Michelle Cassabaum, 21st Century Rehab
2019 Natalie Merrill, Renewable Energy Group, Inc.
2018 Julie Weeks, Ames Convention & Visitors Bureau
2017 Dr. Sonya Stoltze Newstrom, Stoltze & Stoltze Family Dentistry
2016 Tom Pohlman, Ames National Corporation
2015 Brad Heemstra, Integrity Construction Services
2014 Janice Alfred, Alfred's Carpet and Decorating
2013 George Belitsos, Youth & Shelter Services
2012 Daniel Oh, Renewable Energy Group
2011 Steve Carter, Iowa State University Research Park/ISIS
2010 Reno Berg, Mainstream Living, Inc.
2009 Dan Krieger, First National Bank
2008 Ron McMillen, Sigler Companies
2007 Dan Wilson, Wilson Cadilac Toyota Scion
  Denny Wilson, Wilson Cadilac Toyota Scion
2006 Brian Smith, Evert’s Flowers Gifts Home
2005 Judy Smith, Hearing Unlimited
2004 Kimberly Russell, Mary Greeley Medical Center
2003 Keith Barnes
2002 Wayne Moore
2001 Reiny Friedrich
  Bob Friedrich, Sr.
2000 Erb Hunziker, HCS Builders
1999 Dick Clem, Dick Clem Inc.
1998 Verle Burgason, The Ames Tribune
1997 Dan Krieger, First National Bank
1996 Dean Hunziker, Hunziker & Associates, Realtors
1995 Dick Johnson, Story Construction
1994 John Huber, John Huber Clothier
1993 Ted Tedesco, Knapp Tedesco Agency
1992 Ron McMillan, Sigler Companies
1991 Jami Larson, ACI Mechanical
1990 Fred Miller
1989 Marv Walter, Dayton Road Development Corp.
1988 Tom Evans
1987 Don Heuss, Heuss Printing


Community Contributor

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.

2020 Reynolds Cramer, Fareway
2019 Gary Botine, Mary Greeley Medical Center
2018 Paul Livingston, Hunziker & Associates, Realtors
2017 Rick Sanders, Story County Board of Supervisors
2016 Yvonne Kinzler, Kinzler Companies
2015 Tim Gartin, Hastings, Gartin & Boettger
2014 Mike Phillips, Greater Iowa Credit Union
2013 Jolene Randall, Knapp-Tedesco Insurance Agency
2012 Tanya Anderson, First National Bank
2011 Brian Dieter, Mary Greeley Medical Center
2010 Sheila Lundt, City of Ames
2009 John Russell, Bankers Trust
2008 Austin Woodin, Edward Jones Investments
2007 Mark Kutchen, Story Construction
2006 Ted Tedesco
2005 Stacy Dreyer, Wells Fargo / Habitat for Humanity
2004 Dick Johnson, Story Construction
2003 Jane Acker
2002 Mary Christy
2001 Craig Marrs
2000 Alan Christy, HCS Builders
1999 John Parks
1998 Diane Blackwelder
1997 Annette Jensen
1996 Suzy Shierholz
1995 Glenda Stormes- Bice, Glendandy Marketing
1994 George Belitsos, Youth & Shelter Services
1993 Mary Kitchell
1992 Sandra McJimsey, Richmond Center
1991 Carolyn Jons
1990 Neala Benson
1989 Pat Brown, State Farm Insurance
1988 Maridee Hegstrom


Trailblazer of the Year (Formerly Entrepreneur of the Year)

Recognizes an individual for his/her creativity, imagination and personal initiative in operating a successful business venture.

2020 Raspberry Hill Bed & Breakfast
2019 Mindy Bergstrom, Cooks' Emporium and Nook & Nest
2018 Ryan Newstrom, Cornbred BBQ
2017 Kelsey Bolte Carper, Campus Cycle
  Lyndsey Fennelly, Campus Cycle
2016 Keith Ameson, Pinnacle Properties
2015 Tim Gartin, Hastings, Gartin and Boettger
  Terry Stark, Chocolaterie Stam
2014 Gary Youngberg, Ames Silversmithing
  Karen Youngberg, Ames Silversmithing
2013 Bill Malone, Café Diem
2012 Hank Harris, Harrisvaccines, Inc.
2011 Matthew Goodman, The Fighting Burrito
2010 Iacovos Zachariades, Global Reach Internet Productions
2009 John Crawford, Alpha Copies and Print Center
2008 Sally Elbert, Ville Day Spa
2007 Bill Bergan, Championship Productions
2006 Matt Converse, Converse Conditioned Air
2005 Derrick Grimmer, Iowa Thin Films
  Frank Jeffrey, Iowa Thin Films
2004 Brett Haverkamp, Haverkamp Properties & Retail Management Group
2003 David Wheelock
2002 Kevin Kinzler
2001 Richard Dobbs
2000 Dickson Jensen, Jensen Design Build
1999 Barry Nadler, Nyemaster Law Firm
1998 Scott Randall, Randall Corp.
1997 John Dresselhaus, Copyworks
1996 Betty Baudler
1995 Matthew Rizai, Engineering Animation
1994 Don Barber
1993 Roger Underwood, Becker Underwood
1992 Ed Osenbaugh
1991 Bob Cummings, O'Malley & McGee's
1990 Gary Youngberg, Ames Silversmithing
  Karen Youngberg, Ames Silversmithing
1989 Mary Harms


Diversity & Inclusion

Recognizes an individual for his/her leadership in developing inclusive organizations and being a champion of diversity, equity and inclusion.

2020 Wayne & Edna Clinton
2019 Joel Hochstein, Iowa State University
2018 Dr. Reginald Stewart, Iowa State University


Culture Creator

Recognizes an outstanding individual for his/her leadership and creating a company culture by investing in the development and wellbeing of its employees.

2020 Chad Randick & the Better at Burke Campaign, Burke Corporation


Chamber Ambassador of the Year

Recognizes an individual for his/her outstanding dedication to the Chamber and its members as an Ames Chamber Ambassador

2020 Jason Jennings, Friedrich Iowa Realty
2019 David Tucker, Great Western Bank
2018 Danielle Minde, iHome Realty


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.

2020 AgCertain
  American Packaging Corporation
  Brick Towne Ames
  Larson Well Drilling
  Mid-States Material Handling and Fabrication
  South Glenn Subdivision
  Story City Housing Project
2019 Accurate Development
  Alliant Energy
  City of Collins, Iowa
  Deere & Company
  Landus Cooperative
  Performance Livestock Analytics
  Verbio North America
  Vertex Software
2018 3M
  Burke Corporation
  Eby, Inc.
  Innovative Technologies
  Kent Corporation
  Rockwell Collins
2017 Ames Fitness
  Barilla America, Inc.
  Bolten & Menk
  Greater Iowa Credit Union
  Real Estate Service Group, Inc.
  Story Construction
2016 City of Ames
  Ditch Witch of Minnesota & Iowa
  Iowa State University Research Park
  Mary Greeley Medical Center
  Story County


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.

2020 Eliz Erbes, Avec Design + Build
2019 Eric Abrams, Duck Worth Wearing and The Loft
2018 Mark Petersen, Emerhoff's Footwear
2017 Judy Gilger, Gilger Designs
2016 Teri Veysey


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.

2019 Letitia Kenemer, Iowa State University Memorial Union
2018 Amy Mellies, St. John's Episcopal Church
2017 Xena Jolly, CopyWorks
2016 Judi Eyles


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.

2019 VisionBank
2018 Bob Ryerson
2017 City of Ames
2016 Iowa State University


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.

2020 Jennifer Garst
2019 Ben Hershey, Country Landscapes
2018 Sankalp Organization
2017 Amber Corrieri
2016 Kathy Dubansky


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.

2020 Jill Crosser, Bankers Trust
  Nate Rasmussen, Merck Animal Health
  Tiffany Tope, Stevens Memorial Chapel
  Cherie Torresi, Sigler Companies
2019 Brianne Anderson, Ames Public Library
  Lawrence Cunningham, Iowa State Daily Media Group
  Christian Hempen, GVL
  Taylor Hopper, FOX Engineering
2018 Justin Dodge, Hunziker Companies
  Andy McCormick, Torrent Brewing Company
  Amanda Moorman, Morgan Stanley
  Jessica Reynolds, Story County Attorney's Office
2017 Michele Vogel, Sigler
  David Haila, Workiva
  Jessica Mortvedt, Haverkamp Properties
  Drew Kamp, Ames Chamber of Commerce
2016 Luke Jensen
  Heather Johnson
  Tera Lawson
  Jason Mortvedt
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