2017 Leadership Award Winners
The Midway Chamber of Commerce announced five recipients of its 2017 Leadership Awards at the Annual Celebration in February 2017. The awards recognize leading businesses, non-profits, and individuals, who go above and beyond in their support of the chamber and Midway community through volunteering of their time, staff and other resources. The winners are:
Hiway Federal Credit Union- Large Business of the Year
Hiway was founded in 1931 to serve employees of the Minnesota Department of Transportation (Mn/DOT). They have since expanded their charter and now extend an invitation for membership to individuals and select employee groups.
Today, Hiway serves over 65,000 members worldwide and totals over $1 billion in assets. Our members conduct their financial business with us in person and via telephone, as well as through our secure Internet branch.
Hiway takes great pride in a high standard of personal service, with a mission of “Providing financial success on the road of life.”
Hiway has been active in the Chamber since day one. For the second straight year, Hiway is sponsoring the Nonprofit of the Month award.
Midpointe Event Center- Small Business of the Year
Midpointe Event Center's core mission is to provide a top notch facility for venue rental to a diverse community in a central location by providing exquisite atmosphere, excellent staff, and superior service. With the ultimate central Twin Cities location, complimentary guest parking, flexible catering and beverage, and all-inclusive pricing; Midpointe will be a hit for your next event.
Marcy McHenry and her exceptional staff at Midpointe Event Center have supported the Chamber again and again as host for our events. A true partner since 2001, the Chamber relies on her to flawlessly execute the annual Lunch on the Line Taste Event, and other events including the Celebration of Nonprofits and an Economic Development meeting focused on the future of the Snelling-Midway location. Marcy is active on the Chamber Events Committee and is an active steward of the Midway area.
Tech Dump - Non Profit of the Year
Tech Dump is a fast-growing 501c3 social enterprise providing ex-offenders and those in recovery from drug addiction stable jobs and a learning pathway to self-sufficiency. Through recycling and refurbishing electronics, their on-the-job training program provides a stabilizing stepping stone to gain practical skills and graduate to livable wage employment. Tech Dump recycles anything with a cable, cord, or battery (except large appliances), with computers recycled for free. As a Microsoft Registered Refurbisher, they sell electronics at significant discounts at their Golden Valley location. Visit TechDump.org for more information
A member of the Midway Chamber since 2014, Tech Dump has built their connections and their name recognition through attending many Chamber events. Tech Dump has over 25,000 customers in electronics recycling, with two drop-off locations including one in the Midway at Prior and Minnehaha. If the Chamber has an electronics need, they are always ready and eager to help. In fact, their support can be seen here tonight at the Charging Station they provided for us.
Half Time Rec - Rookie of the Year
A longtime landmark and legendary establishment in Saint Paul, Half Time Rec joined the Midway Chamber in late 2016 after hosting a Lunch on the Line. Wasting no time, Half Time Rec held a ribbon cutting in December and beginning in February 2017, is hosting the quarterly Business After Hours, referred to as “Bocce After Business” as guests will have a chance to play bocce ball in the basement.
Known as a location for the filming of “Grumpy Old Men,” Half Time Rec has recently gained several accolades, including “Best Burger,” “Best Dive Bar,” “Best Irish Bar,” “Best Place to Take Out of Town Guests,” and “Best French Fries.”
John Young- Paramount Real Estate- Volunteer of the Year
John is a strong supporter of the Midway Chamber of Commerce and wears many hats. His commitment as Co-Chair of the Economic Development Committee is evident with attendance growing from 15 per meeting to the current 50 plus. This also carries over to the Economic Development Summit in which he is involved with the planning. As an active member of our Board of Directors and Executive Committee, and the Chamber representative on the City Advising Committee for the Snelling-Midway Redevelopment Site, he has proven to be a tireless advocate of the Midway Chamber as well as the Midway area in St. Paul.
Large business of the year:
Small business of the year:
Non-profit of the year:
Volunteer of the Year:
John Young, Paramount Real Estate
Rookie of the Year: