Fox Cities Chamber Announces 2017 The EVENT: Celebrating Business Award Recipients

Published Monday, September 25, 2017

The Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce and presenting sponsor, Bank First National, are excited to announce the recipients of the 2017 The EVENT: Celebrating Business Awards. The annual awards program, The EVENT, recognizes individuals who embrace principled leadership, strategic thinking, balanced workplace values and an unrelenting pursuit of excellence. Individuals have a unique blend of vision, energy, perseverance and skill and have demonstrated outstanding achievements in operating businesses as well as leadership in the community.


“On behalf of the Fox Cities Chamber, we congratulate these award recipients for their numerous contributions to the Chamber, the community and their tireless commitment to the growth, development and character of the Fox Cities Region,” shared Bob Mundt, President/CEO of the Fox Cities Chamber. “Without leaders like these, our community wouldn’t be what it is today and we invite everyone to help us celebrate these honorees and the contributions they have made to the Region.”


Business Hall of Fame Inductees

  • Debra Michiels – Owner (Retired), Fox Banquets & Rivertyme Catering
  • Thomas Prosser – Partner, Dunsirn Partners, LLC

The Business Hall of Fame is awarded to individuals who have demonstrated personal and business success, business leaders who have gained recognition and honor for outstanding achievement in their industry, who have been dedicated to the economic vitality in our community and are role models for future generations.


ATHENA® Leadership Award

  • Donna Gehl – President, Image Studios

Awarded to a woman who has achieved the highest level of professional excellence. This individual contributes time and energy to improve the quality of life for others in the Fox Cities community and actively assists others, particularly women, in realizing their full leadership potential.


The Champion of the Chamber Award 

  • Richard Parks – Regional Director, Modern Woodmen of America

Awarded to an individual who, through his/her on-going volunteer efforts within the Fox Cities Chamber, helps strengthen the local economy through innovative leadership, workforce development, and community and business development. This individual influences both members and non-members to become more involved in the Chamber.


Entrepreneur of the Year Award

  • Doris & Alice Ng – Co-owners, GingeRootz Asian Grille

Awarded to an individual who, through his/her own risk and initiative, has established a thriving and successful business.


The Gus A. Zuehlke Distinguished Service Award

  • Kathi Seifert – President/Owner, Katapult, LLC

This award is named in honor of Gus A. Zuehlke, a past Chairman of the Board of the Fox Cities Chamber. In the spirit of Gus’ passion for serving his community, this award honors an individual who has made outstanding contributions through leadership in business and service during his/her years as a Chamber member. This business leader has been a job creator through business endeavors and has made significant contributions as a driver of economic growth in the Fox Cities. The recipient of this award will have a $5,000 award/grant donated in his/her name to the charitable organization of his/her choice.


Joyce Bytof Exceptional Mentor Award

  • Donald Herrmann – President, Herrmann Advantage Consulting, LLC

Awarded to an individual who is proactive in the advancement of others by sharing time, talent and business experience for the purposes of promoting growth and opportunity in the Fox Cities community. 


Young Professional of the Year Award

  • Nathan Litt – Account Director, Quill Creative

The Young Professional of the Year award is first presented at the annual Future 15 Awards (an event celebrating young professionals in the Fox Cities) and selected from a highly accomplished group of Future 15 alumni. The winner is chosen based on their professional achievements, volunteer involvement, community impact, leadership and character. They must also demonstrate significant personal growth and an enhanced commitment to community since their initial recognition as a Future 15 winner. What sets this young person apart is a strong sense of vision for the Fox Cities, the unique ability to find their place within it and the ambition to make it greater than the sum of its parts.


These individuals will be honored and recognized for their achievements on Thursday, November 9. This year, the prestigious event returns to its place of origin, the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center. Black tie attire is admired but not required.


On behalf of Appleton International Airport and American Airlines, one lucky attendee will have the chance to win two round-trip domestic airline tickets on American Airlines (valued at $1,500).


General admission is $65 and includes a raffle ticket. Corporate ticket packages are available for $1,000 which includes 10 entry tickets, 10 raffle tickets and sponsor recognition in the event program. Additional sponsorships are still available. For more information and to register, visit or call (920) 734-7101.


Thursday, November 9, 2017

Fox Cities Performing Arts Center

400 W. College Avenue

Appleton, WI 54911

5:30 P.M. – 8:00 p.m.




About Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce

The Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce captures the energy of one of Wisconsin’s most dynamic regions and transforms it into innovative programs and services for its business members.  The Fox Cities Chamber serves all of the Fox Cities communities within the counties of Outagamie, Calumet and the northern portion of Winnebago.  The Fox Cities Chamber plays a leadership role in regional economic development efforts in Northeastern Wisconsin.  For more information, visit


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