2020 Leadership Award Winners
The Midway Chamber of Commerce has announced five recipients of its 2019 Leadership Awards. The awards were presented at the chamber’s annual celebration event and recognize leading businesses, non-profits, and individuals, who go above and beyond in their support of the business, not for profit organizations and people of the Midway community through the volunteering of their time, staff, and other resources. The winners this year are 21st Century Bank, Keystone Community Services, SPIRE Credit Union, Mendoza Law, and Russell Peterson of Clever Architecture.
“The foundation of any chamber of commerce is the commitment its members make to support the organization and the community it serves,” said Chad Kulas, Executive Director of the Midway Chamber. “The winners of the leadership awards this year demonstrate the strength of the Midway Chamber. They also demonstrate the impact people can have by getting involved. Our community has benefited from their hard work.”
“These awardees represent the best of our community,” said Chris Ferguson, CEO of Bywater Business Solutions and former chair of the Midway Chamber of Commerce board of directors. “They start by being successful businesses. They build on that by engaging in our community to help us all be more successful.”
21st Century Bank – Rookie of the Year Award
Founded in 1917 as Farmer’s State Bank of Cedar, 21st Century Bank has recently grown at a rapid rate, opening up more locations throughout the metro. In 2019, longtime chamber friend John Bennett moved to 21st Century Bank at one of its newer locations, in Lilydale. In November, 21st Century Bank was the presenting sponsor of the chamber’s 100th birthday party at Urban Growler.
Keystone Community Services – Nonprofit of the Year Award
Serving Ramsey County for 75 years, Keystone Community Services is a nonprofit working to improve the quality of life of individuals, families, seniors and youth. With rising disparities in wealth and a rapidly aging population, Keystone focuses on serving people with the greatest needs. Keystone also focuses on helping youth with job training, tutoring and other enrichment activities. Finally, Keystone has a robust Food Shelves program, including a second Foodmobile. These programs provide food for the immediate community, enabling people to eat healthy and provide their families with a decent meal they couldn’t otherwise afford.
SPIRE Credit Union - Large Business of the Year Award
Founded in 1934 as Twin City Co-Ops Credit Union by Edgar Archer, TCU became SPIRE Credit Union in 2008 and expanded on the idea of “doing the right thing.” Under the leadership of Dan Stoltz, currently, SPIRE has 20 branch locations in the Twin Cities Metra area and Greater Minnesota and are driven by Midwestern values. Look for SPIRE team members at Saints games, MN United games and at Midway Chamber events- where they occasionally sponsor and Matt Meyers serves on the board of directors as the Chamber’s treasurer.
Mendoza Law - Small Business of the Year Award
Founded in 2003, Mendoza Law focuses on communications law, legislative affairs and government regulation, business law, litigation, nonprofit law and arts and entertainment law. They have sponsored and helped create a Cyber Security series and Tony Mendoza is a member of the board of directors, the economic development planning team and is co-chairing the Economic Development Summit.
Russell Peterson, Clever Architecture – Volunteer of the Year award
Russ has been an active on the board of directors and a member of the Economic Development Committee. His firm Clever Architecture has sponsored many programs at the chamber, particularly Economic Development. Over the past two years, Russ has stepped up to create the chamber’s strategic directives plan- an effort that led to him facilitating discussions at Economic Development, Board meetings and the Board retreat. The strategic directives is the guiding voice behind all of the work the Chamber does- including new efforts to build stronger connections with community organizations, making Saint Paul more business-friendly, and an upcoming Midway Narrative document which will be shared at the Chamber’s Economic Development Summit.