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.

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 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.

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

 

Entrepreneur of the Year

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

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.

2018 Dr. Reginald Stewart, Iowa State University
2015 Terry Stark, Chocolaterie Stam
2006 Ames Police Department
2005 Wells Fargo Bank
2004 Youth & Shelter Services
2003 Kim Sharp, Greater Iowa Credit Union
2002 Tammi Martin, Worldly Goods
2001 Tom Gard, Hy-Vee West

 

Chamber Ambassador of the Year

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

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.

2018 3M
  Burke Corporation
  Eby, Inc.
  Innovative Technologies
  Kent Corporation
  Rockwell Collins
2016 City of Ames
  Ditch Witch of Minnesota & Iowa
  Iowa State University Research Park
  Mary Greeley Medical Center
  Story County
  Vermeer

 

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.

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.

2018 Amy Mellies, St. John's Episcopal Church
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.

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.

2018 Sankalp Organization
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.

2018 Justin Dodge, Hunziker Companies
  Andy McCormick, Torrent Brewing Company
  Amanda Moorman, Morgan Stanley
  Jessica Reynolds, Story County Attorney's Office
2016 Luke Jensen
  Heather Johnson
  Tera Lawson
  Jason Mortvedt
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