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Greater Mankato Business Awards & Hall of Fame

The Greater Mankato Business Awards & Hall of Fame is Greater Mankato's premier business awards event. This event is a time where Greater Mankato Growth, Visit Mankato, City Center Partnership and GreenSeam honor the outstanding businesses, professionals and organizations within the Greater Mankato community.

 

November 10, 2020

11:30 am - 1 pm



We will be doing things a little different this year.

The Business Awards & Hall of Fame has shifted our annual celebration from an evening event to a luncheon. We have shifted from an in-person event to a virtual celebration. But - what we haven’t changed is the caliber of businesses, organizations and individuals we will be honoring on the 10th.  

We are thrilled to have the opportunity this year to partner with local restaurants. We have several AMAZING, local member restaurants that will create lunch menu items for this year’s event.

When you register for the Business Awards & Hall of Fame, you will select a restaurant.  Once you have selected your restaurant of choice, that’s the restaurant where you will pick up your food (for yourself or group). Restaurants will receive a guest list in advance of the event from GMG, so they know who is coming and how many meals to prepare. All meals will be boxed and ready to go (branded to the event) and an event program with each meal.

Participating Member Restaurants:

  • Loose Moose  Saloon & Conference Center
  • Number 4 Bar & Kitchen
  • Olives
  • Pub 500
  • Rounders Sports Bar & Grill
  • Spinners Bar & Grill

 

 

Greater Mankato Growth Awards

Hall of Fame
Each year, at least one outstanding private sector business from the Greater Mankato region is inducted into the Business Hall of Fame for their contributions to our vibrant community. Those contributions include: to better the quality of life in Greater Mankato through the creation of quality jobs and developing opportunities for their employees; demonstrates personal and business ethical qualities, including dedication to family, community, the environment and private enterprise; demonstrates qualities of entrepreneurship by assuming the risk of organizing, developing and managing a successful private business enterprise in Greater Mankato.
2020 Hall of Fame Inductee: Quality 1Hr Foto/SPX
 
Distinguished Business Award
Each year, one private outstanding business from the Greater Mankato region is honored for their contributions to our vibrant community. Those contributions include demonstrating personal and business ethical qualities, including dedication to family, community, the environment and private enterprise; demonstrates qualities of entrepreneurship by assuming the risk of organizing, developing and managing a successful business enterprise in Greater Mankato. 
2020 Distinguished Business: Kato Crossfit


Brian Fazio Business Education Partnership Award
Each year, recognizes partnerships that enhance education and business in Greater Mankato.
2020 Brian Fazio Business Education Partnership Award: Greater Mankato Area United Way and Capstone


Young Professional of the Year
Each year, one distinguished young professional between 21-40 years of age is recognized for leadership and service through commitment to community, service and volunteerism; involvement in efforts to enrich the professional/leadership development of other young professionals; and be actively involved in welcoming young professionals to learn, live, work and engage in Greater Mankato.

2020 Young Professional of the Year: Laura Jans

Visit Mankato Awards

Bring It Home Award
Recognizes an individual, group or organization that works alongside Visit Mankato to bring a significant event to Greater Mankato.
Silo Art CityArt Mankato
 
Hospitality Award
Recognizes an individual, group or organization who has gone above and beyond to provide outstanding hospitality to the visitors of Greater Mankato OR who has helped promote Greater Mankato as a great destination to visit.
Mankato Area Mountain Bikers

City Center Partnership Awards

City Design Awards of Excellence recognize outstanding architectural design enhancements that elevate and spark the perceptions of the City Center in regard to renovation, new construction, beautification efforts and public art (permanent or temporary). This also includes projects that celebrate and preserve historic buildings or landscapes and incorporate sustainable elements into any of such projects. The categories are:

  • New Construction over $5,000,000: Eide Bailly Tower
  • Renovations between $500,000 - $1,000,000: Ridgley Building /Cultivate Mankato
  • Renovations under $500,000: LocAle Brewing Company  
  • Downtown Detail: Vetter Stone Plaza
  • Creative Placemaking: Mankato Playhouse
  • Preservation Stewardship: 129 N. 6th Street
  • CityArt “People’s Choice” & “Jury’s Choice” Awards: To be revealed at event

 

GreenSeam Awards 

Seamed in Success Award
The Seamed in Success Award honors an outstanding business, organization, community or individual which has made a large impact and added value to the community and region. This award recognizes those who have shined a light on the importance of agriculture, with an emphasis on rural vitality building upon our agricultural roots. 
2020 Seamed in Success: Brad Schloesser

 2020 Greater Mankato Business Awards & Hall of Fame Sponsors:

Presented by:

 

Meal Sponsor:

Media Sponsor:

Event Sponsors:

2019 Photos

 

Previous Recipients

Greater Mankato Growth

Business Hall of Fame

   

2019

FUN.com

United Prairie Bank

2018

LIV Aveda Salon & Spa

Massad Group

2018 Photos

2017

Kato Insurance Agency

2016

Dotson Iron Castings 

2015

Community Bank

Tailwind Group

2014

Minnesota Elevator, Inc.

2013

Drummer Companies

Lidstrom Commercial Realtors

2012

Lloyd Lumber - Just Ask Lumber

Wells Federal Bank

2011

Paulsen Architects

Snell Motors

2010

Abdo, Eick & Meyers

Mankato Independent Originals

2009

James R Weir Insurance Company

Schmidt Siding & Window Company

2008

Pathstone Living

Kaye Corporation

2006

Exclusively Diamonds

Linder Radio

2005

McDonald's Of Mankato

2004

All American Towing

MAS Communications

School Sisters of Notre Dame

2003

Kagermeier Oleson & Hobbie Architects

Katolight

Winland Electronics

2002

Fisher Group

I&S Engineers & Architects

Wolf Etter & Co

2001

Bolton & Menk

Farrish Johnson Law Office

2000

BENCO Electric Cooperative

KEYC-TV

1999

Chesley Freightliner

Degroods TV & Appliance

Mankato Clinic

1998

C & N Sales

EI Microcircuits

Jerry Crest & ISJ-MHS

1997

HickoryTech

MRCI

Northwest Bank

1996

MICO Incorporated

Matt J. Graif Clothing

1995

Hilltop Florist

Meyer & Sons

Schwickert's Holding Company

1994

Blethen Gage & Krause

Dick Lundin & Southern MN Construction

Raymond H. Sponberg, CLU, Insurance Agency

1993

H. Warren Denison & Lloyd E. Johnson, Johnson Fishing

Paul Hadley, Corporate Graphics

Paul Gislason & Donald Meredith, The Orthopaedic & Fracture Clinic

1992

Russel Foster, Mankato Corporation

Howard & Willard Vetter, Vetter Stone

John Votca, Mankato Technical College

1991

Ferdinand Busher, American Bank

Frederick Family, Happy Chef Systems

Maurice "Al" Sween, Sween Corporation

1990

Arthur J. Petrie, Petrie Development

Kenneth S. Hiniker, Hiniker Company

Thomas P. Coughlan, Mankato-Kasota Stone

1989

Glen A. Taylor, Taylor Corporation

Jared How, The Free Press

Rober J. Lloyd, Lloyd Companies

1988

Lowell W. Andreas, Archer Daniels Midland

Earl W. Madsen, Madsen's Super Valu

Paul & William Radichel, North Star Concrete

1987

Ogden P. Confer, Hubbard Milling Co.

Cecil H. Jones, Kato Engineering & Jones Metal

Fred Lutz Sr., Northland Beverages

Brett M. Taylor Sr., Brett's Department Store

 

Business Legacy

2019

Vetter Stone Company

 2018

BAMCO - McDonald's of Mankato

 

 

 

 

Distinguished Business

   

2019

Freedom Home Care, LLC

2018

Neubau Holdings, LLC

 

2017

Chankaska Creek Ranch & Winery

2016

The Coffee Hag

2015

Champion Auto Enterprises, LLC

2014

PresenceMaker, Inc

2013

Jones and Magnus, Attorneys at Law

2012

Brunton Architects

RedSky Lounge

2011

Mankato MoonDogs

2010

LIV Aveda Salon & Spa

2009

ECS - Electrical Communications Specialists

2008

Frentz Construction

Angie's Kettle Corn

2006

Brennan Companies

2005

Coughlan Publishing

2004 

Volk Transfer, Inc.

2003

Target

 2002

Central Concrete

2001

Midwest Wireless

Paulsen Architects

    

 

Entrepreneur of the Year

    

2018

True Real Estate

2016

Salvage Sisters

2015

Freedom Home Care, LLC

2014

Friesen's Family Bakery & Bistro

2013

Oleson+Hobbie Architects, LLC

2012

Bent River Outfitter

2011

WOW! Zone

2009

Sports Institute

2008

Contessa Restaurant

2006

Grace Senior Services

2005

Dan & Angie Bastian, Angie's Kettle Corn

2004

Pam Haugum

2002

Lynn Collins, Flowertrellis Gift Basket Co.

 2001

Tom & Kelly Doering, E-Travel Experts

  

 

Brian Fazio Business Education Partnership Award

   

2019

Mankato Area Public Schools (ISD#77), Lake Crystal Wellcome Memorial (ISD#2071), Maple River Schools (ISD#2135), St. Clair Public Schools (ISD#75), Nicollet Public Schools (ISD#507) and Feeding Our Communities Partners (FOCP) 

2018

Education Partners: Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota, South Central College; Business Partners: EI Microcircuits, Dotson Iron Castings, Jones Metal, Big Ideas

 

2017

Junior Achievement of Greater Mankato
Mankato Area Public Schools
Loyola High School

2016

Minnesota State University, Mankato Department of Dental Hygiene

Open Door Health Center

2015

South Central College & CliftonLarsonAllen (Annual Ag Symposium)

2014

College of Business - Minnesota State University, Mankato
Taylor Corporation - Innovation Center

2013

Bolton & Menk, Inc.
Ecumen Pathstone Living
Mankato Area Public Schools
The Thro Company

2012

Junior Achievement of Greater Mankato

2011

Bolton & Menk, Inc.
South Central College

2010

Girls on the Run

2009

Minnesota State University, Mankato Community Engagement Office

2008

South Central College Mechatronics Program

2006

I&S Engineers & Architects
Mankato Area Public Schools

Minnesota State University, Mankato Civil Engineering Program

2005

Mankato Area Public Schools' Health Occupations Program
Including partners: Mankato Clinic, Immanuel St. Joesph's- Mayo Health System, Pediatric Therapy Services, Mankato Prosthetic Orthotic Laboratories, Mankato Lutheran Home, The Thro Company and Mankato Chiroproatic Center and Healing Touch

2004

Mankato Area Public Schools
Mankato Clinic

2003

Immanuel St. Joseph's - Mayo Health System
Minnesota State University, Mankato
Mankato Lutheran Homes, Inc.
South Central Technical College
St. Peter Community Hospital & Health Care Center
Thro Companies, Inc.

2002

Kato Engineering & Minnesota State University
Mankato Department of Science, Engineering and Technology

2001

E-Travel Experts
Rasmussen College

2000

Thin Film Technology
Minnesota State University, Mankato

1999

Coughlan Companies
Mankato Area Public Schools & Catholic Schools

1998

Mankato Area Public Schools
Midwest Wireless

1997

FirePond Inc.
HickoryTech
Minnesota State University, Mankato
Norwest Bank
South Central Technical College
Taylor Corporation

1996

Jones Metal Products, Inc.
South Central Technical College

    

 

Hap Halligan Award

   

2019

Laura Bowman

2018

Betty Ouren

2017

John Bulcock

2016

Scott Wojcik

2015

Eric Oleson

2014

Barb Embacher

2013

Kate Loging

2012

David Wittenberg

2011

Marsha Danielson

2009

Pam Year

2008

Janet Molstad, PHD

2006

Ed Waltman

2005

Jerry Crest

2004

Keith Boleen

2003

Kathy Brynaert

2002

T. William Coughlan

2001

Ann Stewart

2000

Maureen Gustafson

1999

Elaine Schoeneberger

1998

Noell Reed

1997

Max Tjaden

1996

Elaine Peterson

1995

Glenn Gabriel

1994

Tom Riley

1993

Stephanie Stoffel

 1992

Diane Berge

 1991

Colleen Landkamer

 

Young Professional of the Year

   

2019

Angela Guentzel

2018

Jaci Sprague

2017

Christopher Harstad

2016

Brad Boettcher

2015

Elizabeth Harstad

2014

Kevin Velasquez

2013

Matt Norland

2012

Christi Wilking

2011

Michael Jacobs

 

2010

Nichole Schroder

2009

Robyn James

2008

Jenn Faust
Kate Loging

 

 

Visit Mankato 

Hospitality Award

   

2019

Justin Ek / Bellissimo Paint & Coatings 

2018

Jack McGowans Farm

2017

Mankato RibFest

2016

Mankato Symphony Orchestra

2015

Minnesota Vikings 50th Training Camp

2014

Justin & Jenna Rinehart, Nicollet Bike Shop

2013

Vetter Stone Amphitheater

2012

Mankato Brewery

2011

CityArt Walking Sculpture Tour

2010

WOW! Zone Family Entertainment Center

2009

Pub 500

2008

Morgan Creek Vineyards
Quality 1 Hr. Foto/Sports Pix

 

Bring It Home Award

   

2019

Aussie Peppers

2018

Minneopa State Park / Bison Preserve

 

2017

Paul Gaspar, Mankato United Soccer Club

2016

The Dam Store

2015

Peter Olson, Children's Museum of Southern Minnesota

2014

Bent River Outfitter

2013

Kiwanis Holiday Lights

2012

Mankato Wacipi Pow Wow

2011

Tom Engstrom

2010

Laurapalooza

 2009

Deep Valley Convention Committee
Betsy-Tacy Society

2008

Minnesota Sweet Adelines

 

 

City Center Partnership - CityDesign Awards of Excellence

2019

Renovation $1M - $3M

Carlson-Tillisch Eye Clinic

Renovation Under $500,000

Bumbelou

Sustainability

Hubbard Building

Downtown Detail

Stoltzman Park

Creative Placemaking

ChalkFest

CityArt "People's Choice" Award

Cog of the Wild by Andrew Nyberg

2018

Renovation under $500,000

Flask, by Mankato Independent Originals

Sustainability

Mankato Place Mall Solar Panels

Downtown Detail

Twin Rivers Council for the Arts - Common Grounds Parklet

Creative Placemaking

The Hub Food Park

CityArt "People's Choice" Award

"New Life" Sculpture by Janesville, Waldorf, Pemberton (JWP) High School Advanced Metal Sculpture Class

 

2017

New Construction Over $5M

Block 518 (Tailwind Group)

Renovation $500,000 - $1M

Bluebird Cakery

Renovation under $500,000

Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (Minnesota State University, Mankato)

Preservation Stewardship

Boy in Blue Monument (Boy in Blue Civic War Memorial Project)

Downtown Detail

Kites Mural (City of Mankato)

Creative Placemaking

Human Foosball (Greater Mankato United Way)

CityArt "People's Choice" Award

"Maestro" Sculpture by Lee Leuning & Sherri Treeby

2016

New Construction Over $5M

Ridley Tower

New Construction Over $5M Municipal

Verizon Wireless Center Expansion/Performing Arts Center

Renovation over $1M - $3M

Bethlehem Lutheran Church

Renovation $500,000 - $1M

Mankato Area Foundation Shared Spaces - A Center for Nonprofit Collaboration

Renovation under $500,000

WYSIWYG Juice Co.

Preservation Stewardship

Carnegie Art Center

Downtown Detail

"Tractor Bull" Sculpture

CityArt "People's Choice" Award

"Stand for the Flag" Sculpture by Lee Leuning & Sherri Treeby

 

2015

Renovation over $3M

Children's Museum of Southern Minnesota

New Construction over $5M

Profinium Place - Tailwind Group and
Mid Rise Holdings

CityArt People's Choice Award

"Godzilla" Dale Lewis | Hastings, MN

2014

Renovation under $1M

Visit Mankato

Renovation $1M - $3M

Front Street Property Owners and City of Mankato

Renovation over $3M 

VINE Faith in Action

New Construction Under $2M

Local Veterans Committee, City of Mankato
and City of North Mankato 

Downtown Detail

Pub 500 Patio

Innovative Interior Remodel

Y Barbers/Onatah On Belgrade 

Facade Improvements

City of Mankato

  

 

2013

Chopps Bar

2012

Renovation under $1M

Tandem Bagels

New Construction Under $2M

Brunton Architects Office

Facade Improvements

City Center Place

Downtown Detail

629 North Riverfront Drive

 

2011

Renovation over $3M

US Bank Center

Renovation under $1M

I&S Group Offices

New Construction under $2M

The Marigold

Facade Improvement

327 Riverfront Drive

Downtown Detail

Neighbor's Italian Bistro

 

2010

Renovation under $1M

Number 4 American Bar & Kitchen

Renovation $1M - $3M

The Graif Building

New Construction $2M - $5M

MinnStar Bank

New Construction over $5M

Hilton Garden Inn

Facade Improvements

Two Rivers Place

Downtown Detail

The Pita Pit

  

 

 

GreenSeam

Seamed in Success

2019

Farmamerica

2018

B.E.S.T. of Waseca County - Waseca Vision 2030

 

 

 

 

Growing in the GreenSeam

2019

Revol Greens

 2018

AKER — Orlando Saez and Todd Golly

 

 

 

 

The Greater Mankato Growth, Inc. Family: Visit Mankato City Center Partnership