The Highland Chamber of Commerce is currently accepting nominations for the highly coveted Business Person of the Year Award, Bob Hardy Citizen of the Year Award, Bill Pierce Chamber Member of the Year Award and the Homer Poss Lifetime Achievement Award.
“There are many unsung heroes in our community whose achievements might go unnoticed” said Chamber Executive Director Nancie Zobrist. “The Highland Chamber of Commerce believes that it is imperative that we recognize and thank those in our community who make Highland the best place to live, learn, work, shop and play.”
Winners will be announced and celebrated at the annual Highland Chamber of Commerce Membership Dinner & Awards Night on June 21.
“We’d love for the public to help the Chamber recognize and honor these awesome citizens who help make Highland the best place to be,” said Zobrist.
Business Person of the Year
The Business Person of the Year Award is presented to a local business person who has shown outstanding performance and success in his/her industry and a “beyond-the-call-of-duty” dedication to Highland. In addition to holding a leadership role in his/her company, the honoree has actively participated in service organizations, governing boards, and other civic committees, promoting growth and development for all Highland businesses.
Bob Hardy Citizen of the Year
The Bob Hardy Citizen of the Year Award is presented to someone who has supported and enhanced the image and civic progress of Highland. The person has contributed substantial personal time, financial support, and/or effort to the community and civic events, thereby leading to a higher standard of living in the Highland area.
Bill Pierce Chamber Member of the Year
The Bill Pierce Chamber Member of the Year Award is designed to honor a Highland Chamber of Commerce member who has exhibited extraordinary service to the organization, and who has made use of his/her business skills for betterment of the entire community. This person has held Chamber leadership positions; being a board member, project chairperson or active volunteer and has shown initiative and creativity in pursuing the goals of his/her business or profession.
Homer Poss Lifetime Achievement Award
The highly coveted but not always awarded Homer Poss Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to an individual who has made a significant positive impact on the Highland community through his or her past achievements over a long period of time and who has enhanced the quality of life for Highland area residents. This award is not necessarily presented each year, only when the selection committee feels there is a need to honor a special Highland contributor.
How To Nominate Someone
Nomination forms: Forms for each award can be found on the Highland Chamber of Commerce website, highlandillinois.com, as well as previous winners for each award. The forms are also linked to this story on the News Leader website, highlandnl.com.
How to write your nomination: Each nomination needs to include a detailed description of why you believe the person you are nominating deserves the award. The Chamber Awards Committee uses your detailed description when considering each nominee, so be as specific as possible.
Turning it in: Nominations can be mailed to the Chamber office, 907 Main St., and will be accepted through 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 7.