Awards Presented at Our Annual Celebration

Chairperson's Community Service Award

For exemplary service to our community as a business leader.

Bestowed in the year ...

2019  – Brian Rude

2018 – Joe Kruse

2017 – Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration Link to YouTube Video

2016 – John Medinger Link to YouTube Video

2015 – Dan Wettstein Link to YouTube Video

2014 – Jeff Thompson   Link to YouTube Video

2013 – Dick Lommen   Link to YouTube Video

2012 – Harry Dahl   Link to YouTube Video

2011 – Don Weber

2010 – Jerry Kember   Link to YouTube Video

2009 – Al Trapp

2008 – Pat Smith

2007 – Pat Stephens

2006 – Randy Eddy, Sr.

2005 – Barbara Skogen

2004 – Bill Medland

2003 – Dan Kapanke

2002 – Lee Rasch

2001 – Dirk L. Gasterland

2000 – Randy Smith

1999 – Duane Ring, Jr.

1998 – Lyle & Norma Anderson and Family & Dick Swantz

1997 – Steve Hamilton

1996 – Kermit Newcomer

1995 – Jean Marck

1994 – Les Eversole

1993 – Harold Craig

1992 – Quinn Johnson

1991 – Charles D. Olson

1990 – Adolf Gundersen, M.D.

1989 – Lindon Saline

1988 – Ed Quillin

1987 – Jean Gitz Bassett

1986 – John Bosshard

1985 – Terry Gillette

1984 – William Roth

1983 – Charles Gelatt

1982 – John Mooney

1981 – Ralph Steele

1980 – L. Peter Groves

1979 – D. B. Reinhart

1978 – Rev. J. Thomas Finucan

1977 – Patrick Zielke

1976 – Richard Beggs

1975 – Frank Italiano

1974 – Russell Cleary

1973 – John A. Elliott

1972 – Philip S. Davy

1971 – Robert Smyth, Sr.

1970 – Robert “Kootch” Carroll

1969 – George Milne

1968 – Roy R. Kumm

1967 – Fred Kramer

1966 – Carl Iverson

1965 – Thomas Hancock

1964 – Joseph Rohrer

1963 – Rexford Mitchell, Ph.D.

1962 – Romeo Denzer

1961 – James “Jake” Hoeschler

1960 – B. W. Ingli

1959 – Eugene W. Murphy

1958 – John T. Sleik

1957 – Gunnar Gundersen, Sr. M.D.

1956 – Raymond C. Bice

1955 – Carl H. Iverson

1954 – W. Leo Murphy

1953 – Reuben N. Trane

1952 – Albert Sanford

1951 – Quincy Hale

1950 – John G. Felton

1949 – Mrs. Alf Gunderson

1948 – Frank Sisson

1947 – E. H. Erickson

1946 – Dr. Frank J. Hoeschler

Volunteer of the Year Award
In recognition of your exceptional service to your fellow Chamber members and the people of the greater La Crosse area, through your willingness to give of your time, talents, and resources to enhance the tremendous business climate and quality of life that are essential to the growth of our entire area.
For work completed in the year ...

2019 – Joe Heim 

2018 -Chris Butler

2017 – Laura Olson

2016 – Mark Hughes

2015 – Tim Oliver

2014 – Joan Mueller & Dee Medinger

2013 – Brady Lowe

2012 – Bob Borchardt

2011 – Shirley Krause

2010 – Brad Dinsmoor

2009 – Bernard Black

2008 – Joe Heim

2007 – Fred Kusch

2006 – Annette O’Hern

2005 – Donna Ruble

2004 – Therese Barrett

2003 – Al Trapp

2002 – Kirk Rodman

2001 – Bill Brickson

2000 – Ray Sand – Dairyland Power Cooperative

1999 – Anita Dahlby – Onalaska High School

1998 – Loren Anderson – Architechniques

1997 – Jack Reinsvold

1996 – Edie Woods

1995 – Bankim Dhanak & Dan Claussen (co-recipients) – Chairperson Award

1994 – Steven Stach – Committee Chair Award

1993 – Kathryn Sexauer – Committee Chair of the Year

1992 – Ann Korschgen & Jay Lokken (co-recipients)

1991 – Brad Sturm

1990 – Sid Bateman – Committee Chairman of the Year Award

1988 – Blaine McDowell – Outstanding Committee Leadership Award

1986 – Lindon Saline – Outstanding Volunteer

Small Business of the Year Award - Discontinued in 2018
The Chamber’s Small Business Award celebrates the success of 88% of our members with 50 or fewer full-time employees. We want to honor their contribution to our economic growth. These companies are growing, focused on their employees, provide exceptional customer service and are involved in our community.
For work completed in the year ...

2018 – Discontinued

2017 – Josh Pogreba (Pogy’s Catering and Pogreba Restaurant)

2016 – Deb Lash (Court Above Main, The Wedding Tree)

2015 – Wettstein’s

Regional Progress Award - Discontinued in 2019

In recognition of your efforts to improve the economy and quality of life throughout the La Crosse Area, through cooperative and collaborative efforts, that enhance unity, trust, respect and mutually beneficial progress for all the citizens of the 7 Rivers Region.

For projects completed in the year ...

2019 – Discontinued 

2018 – Downtown Onalaska – Dash Park (Skogens & DBS Group) and Great River Landing (City of La Crosse & Wieser Brothers)

2017- Kwik Trip for its Bun, Bakery, and Dairy Manufacturing expansions

2016 – Organic Valley for their Cashton expansion

2015 – Western Technical College for their campus renewal

2014 – Trane Plant 7: 360 Real Estate, Borton Construction & Mike Kiel

2013 – La Crosse Loggers Baseball

2012 – Weber Center for the Performing Arts

2011 – Dave Skogen – Festival Foods

2010 – Gundersen Lutheran

2009 – Kaplan Professional Education

2008 – University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and the UW-L Foundation for the Veterans Memorial Field Sports Complex

2007 – Kwik Trip

2006 – Logistics Health Incorporated

2005 – Franciscan Skemp Healthcare

2004 – WI Department of Transportation – La Crosse Office

2003 – Gundersen Lutheran

2002 – La Crosse Tribune

2001 – Colonel Michael Staszak – Fort McCoy

2000 – La Crosse MTU Service

1999-  La Crosse Medical Health Science Consortium

1998 – Mayor John Medinger & La Crosse City Council and Dan Kapanke & Campbell Town Board

1997 – Cheryl Brenengen, West Salem & Mayor Mike Poellinger, La Crescent

Leadership Award - Discontinued 2018

In recognition of your commitment, enthusiasm, and willingness to take a leadership role in forwarding the mission of the La Crosse Area Chamber of Commerce by being of service to our membership and promoting our regional economy.

For work completed in the year ...

2018 – Discontinued

2017 – Nathan Franklin

2016 – Brad Dinsmoor

2015 – Peter Hughes

2014 – Dave Booth

2013 – Dyanne Brudos

2012 – Joan Mueller

2011 – Rick Artman

2010 – Keith Carson

2009 – Joan Curran

2008 – Mark Johnsrud

2007 – Onalaska Mayor Jim Bialecki

2006 – Michael Huebsch

2005 – Tim Kabat

2004 – Mayor John Medinger

2003 – The La Crosse County Household Hazardous Materials Program

2002 – Steve Doyle

2001 – Dave Clements

2000 – Steve Tanke – Custom Benefit Administrator & Chamber Board Member

1999 – Rusty Cunningham – La Crosse Tribune

1998 – Al Trapp – UW-L Foundation

1997 – 

1996 – Kirk Rodman

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