>Annual Meeting

The Annual Meeting is an event for Chamber members and a chance for everyone to celebrate their hard work and dedication to the Kearney area community. This is also a ceremony to recognize the retiring board members as well as hear from the new Chairperson of the board. A great night for networking as well! 

Social hour will begin at 5:30 pm with dinner and program starting at 6:30 pm. The 99th Annual Meeting will take place on Monday, January 22, 2018 at the Younes Conference Center.

Thank you to our 2016 Annual Meeting Sponsors:

Gold Sponsors: BD Construction, First National Bank, Intellicom, NTV/KFXL, NebraskaLand National Bank, NorthWestern Energy, Younes Conference Center & Midway Auto Dealership
Silver Sponsors: Duncan Theis Construction, Copycat Printing, NPPD, Kidwell, Tonniges & Associates PC, NebraskaLink, Eaton, and Kearney Clinic.


Awards Applications

2016 outstanding Business Award

All Chamber members are encouraged to nominate their own business or another Chamber member business for the Kearney Area Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Business Award. All businesses nominated will receive a letter of congratulations and will be asked to complete an application form. Applications will be verified and reviewed by the Kearney Area Chamber of Commerce Business & Education Committee. Nominations for the Awards will be accepted until December 9, 2016. The winner of the Awards will be announced at the Annual Meeting.

 

2016 Kearney Area Chamber of Commerce, Envoy Friend of Kearney Award

The Friend of Kearney Award was created by the Kearney Area Chamber of Commerce Envoys and is designed to honor a Kearney area resident (male or female) or couple who has been a Friend of Kearney through his or her community leadership and contributions. This award recognizes the potential of all area residents as valued members and leaders of the Kearney area. Nominee must be able to attend the Annual Chamber Meeting on January 23, 2017. Additional letters of recommendation are required. Nomination forms are due November 18, 2016Nominees will be evaluated by the Envoy Friend of Kearney committee.

 

2016 Kearney Area Chamber of Commerce, Envoy Youth Friend of Kearney Award

The Friend of Kearney Youth Award was created by the Kearney Area Chamber of Commerce Envoys and is designed to honor a Kearney Youth who has been a Friend of Kearney through his or her community leadership and contributions. This award recognizes the potential of all area Youth as valued members and leaders of the Kearney area. Age requirement: junior in high school - age 21. Nominee must be able to attend the Annual Chamber Meeting on January 23, 2017. Additional letters of recommendation are required. Nomination forms are due November 18, 2016. Nominees will be evaluated by the Envoy Friend of Kearney committee.

 

2016 Kearney Area Chamber of Commerce Young Professional of the Year Award

The Young Professional of the Year Award was created by the Kearney Area Chamber of Commerce Young Professional's Network and is designed to honor a member of YPN who has demonstrated business accomplishments, leadership, community involvement or other admirable qualities. Nominees must be a member of the Young Professional's group and able to attend the Annual Meeting on January 23rd, 2017. Nominees will be evaluated by the YPN board. Nomination forms are due December 9th, 2016.

 


Past Winners

Friend of Kearney Presented by the Envoys

2016 Award Winner: Carolyn Menke
Past Award Winners: 2015 Jan Rodehorst 2014 Tom & Mary Henning | 2013 Stan Dart | 2012 Gail Lowenberg | 2011 Tom Tye | 2010 Sherry Morrow | 2009 Paul Younes | 2008 Brad Kernick | 2007 Jackie Purdy | 2006 Earl Rademacher | 2005 Pete & Jane Kotsiopulos

Youth Friend of Kearney Presented by the Envoys

2016 Award Winner: Claire Homan
Past Award Winners:  2015 Michelle Messbarger | 2014 Justus Hanson | 2013 Tori Olson | 2012 Davis Behle | 2011 Jack Anderson | 2010 Hannah Manley | 2009 Jake Strawhecker | 2008 Callan Christensen | 2007 Sarah Warth | 2006 Mike Davidson | 2005 Jared Loschen

Diversity Business of the Year Presented by the Business & Education Committee

2014 Award Winner: Compass
Past Award Winners: 2013 Ward Laboratories | 2012 Good Samaritan Hospital | 2011 Xpanxion | 2010 Habitat for Humanity | 2009 Kearney High School | 2008 UNK | 2007 Eaton Corporation

Outstanding BUSINESS OF THE YEAR PRESENTED BY THE BUSINESS & Education COMMITTEE

2016 Award Winner: Miller & Associates Consulting Engineers PC

Past Awards Winners: 2015 Xpanxion

Leadership Kearney Distinguished Alumni Presented by Leadership Kearney

2016 Award Winner: Jon Watts
Past Award Winners:  2015 Matt Meister | 2014 Dan Shundoff | 2013 Mike Konz | 2012 Cindy Pickel | 2011 Daniel Lindstrom | 2010 Sherry Morrow | 2009 Thomas Tye II | 2008 Stan Clouse | 2007 Lucas Dart | 2006 Ben Homan Sr | 2005 Mark Sutko

Small Business of the Year Presented by the Business & Education Committee

2014 Award Winner: Vertical Focus Realty/Kearney Rental Pros
Past Award Winners: 2013 Barney Abstract & Title Co. | 2012 Kearney PowerSports | 2011 Perfect Nails | 2010 Kearney Tire & Auto | 2009 Wilke Donovan True Value | 2008 Doug Koster/ Mr. Basketball | 2007 Ward Laboratories | 2006 Runza Restaurants | 2005 Tri-City Storm

Young Professional of the Year Presented by YPN

2016 Award Winner: Cody Krull

Past Award Winners: 2015 Jennifer Beck | 2014 Penny Parker | 2013 Jonathan Nikkila | 2012 Jon Watts | 2011 Jeffrey Kreycik | 2010 Ryan Ideus | 2009 Brandon Benitz | 2008 Andrea McClintic

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Phone: 308-237-3101