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Greater Mankato Business Awards & Hall of Fame

Greater Mankato Growth, Inc. Would like to congratulate all the honorees. We are honored to be able to recognize outstanding business, organizations and professionals who help make our community and region great! Thank you to all the attendees and sponsors for your support. 

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.

 

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2018 Honorees

Congratulations to all the award winners that will be honored at the 2018 Greater Mankato Business Awards & Hall of Fame! Thank you to our Presenting Sponsor, Mayo Clinic Health System.

Greater Mankato Growth Awards

Hall of Fame: LIV Aveda Salon & Spa and Massad Group
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: contributing 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)

Distinguished Business Award: Neubau Holdings, LLC
(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)

Entrepreneurial Business Award: True Real Estate
(Each year, one remarkable new business is recognized for their contribution to our vibrant community. Those contributions include: betterment of human endeavors and life in our region through creation of quality jobs and development opportunities for employees; demonstrating personal and business ethical qualities, including dedication to family, community, Chamber activities, the environment and private enterprise; assuming risk of organizing, developing and managing a successful business enterprise in Greater Mankato)

Brian Fazio Business Education Partnership Award: Education Partners: Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota, South Central College; Business Partners: EI Microcircuits, Dotson Iron Castings, Jones Metal, Big Ideas
(recognizes partnerships that enhance education and business in Greater Mankato)

Hap Halligan Leadership Award: Betty Ouren, 2003-04
(recognizes an individual who has participated in the Greater Mankato Leadership Institute program and has demonstrated outstanding creative or innovative contributions to the community)

Young Professional of the Year: Jaci Sprague
(recognizes an individual between the age of 21-40 who has made outstanding contributions to the community through their demonstrated leadership and service)     

 

Visit Mankato Awards

Bring It Home Award: Minneopa State Park/Bison Preserve
(recognizes an individual, group or organization that works alongside Visit Mankato to bring a significant event to Greater Mankato)

Hospitality AwardJack McGowans Farm
(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)

City Center Partnership Awards

Renovation under $500,000: Flask, by Mankato Independent Originals

Sustainability: Mankato Place Mall

Downtown Detail: Twin Rivers Council for the Arts – Common Grounds Parklet

Creative Placemaking: The Hub Food Park

CityArt “People’s Choice” Award: "New Life" by Janesville, Waldorf, Pemberton (JWP) High School Advanced Metal Sculpture Class

 

GreenSeam Awards

Seamed in Success Award: B.E.S.T. of Waseca County-Waseca Vision 2030
(recognizes an exemplary business, organization, community or individual who has made a large impact and added value to the region by highlighting the importance of agriculture)

Growing in the GreenSeam Award: Aker – Orlando Saez and Todd Golly
(recognizes an outstanding business that has shown innovation, entrepreneurial spirit and contribution to our vibrant region)

Nomination Forms 

 

2018 Hall of Fame Honorees

LIV Aveda Salon & SpaMassad Group

 2018 Greater Mankato Business Awards & Hall of Fame

 

Presented by:

Event Sponsors:

 

Dinner Sponsor:

Video Sponsor:

Table Sponsors:
  • Abdo Eick & Meyer
  • BAMCO - McDonald's of Mankato
  • B.E.S.T. of Waseca
  • Blethen Berens
  • Bolton & Menk
  • Children's Museum of Southern MN
  • CliftonLarsonAllen
  • EI Microcircuits
  • First National Bank
  • Gislason & Hunter
  • ISG
  • Junior Achievement of Greater Mankato
  • KEYC News 12 and FOX 12 Mankato
  • Knutson Construction
  • LIV Aveda Salon & Spa
  • Massad Group
  • Mayo Clinic Health System
  • Minnesota State University, Mankato
  • MinnStar Bank
  • Office Space Design
  • Pioneer Bank
  • PresenceMaker
  • South Central College
  • Stinson Leonard Street LLP
  • Taylor Corp
  • True Real Estate
  • United Prairie Bank
  • US Bank
  • Wells Fargo Home Mortgage
  • Widseth Smith Nolting

Previous Recipients 

Greater Mankato Growth

Business Hall of Fame

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

 

Distinguished Business

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

    

 

Young Professional of the Year

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

 

Brian Fazio Business Education Partnership Award

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

    

 

Entrepreneur of the Year

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

  

 

Hap Halligan Award

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

 

 

Visit Mankato 

Hospitality Award

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

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

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

  

 

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