Chamber awards

The Grinnell Area Chamber of Commerce recognized Re/Max Partners Realty as the 2017 Grinnell Business of the Year at its Annual Celebration Wednesday.


The Chamber recognized Re/Max Partners Realty for its positive impact on the community…pointing out that Re/Max employees are philanthropic with their time and talents, and are supporters of numerous organizations and community efforts. Matt Karjahlati says the last four years have been an exciting adventure, which makes him optimistic for the future of the business. Karjahlati was recognized by the Chamber last year as “One to Watch.”


The Retail Business of the Year is Beckman Gallery II…described as a downtown anchor, offering a unique variety of products and custom framework.


The Restaurant of the Year is the1854 Deli…described by its customers as one of the best and quickest lunch spots in town. The deli is in the back of Saint’s Rest.


The Service Business of the Year is German Plumbing Heating & Cooling…which has a long history of success, having first opened its doors in 1898. The family-owned business runs on the core values of hard work, dedication and loyalty.


The Economic Impact Award went to Downtown Façade Improvements, citing the remarkable improvements that have been made…including to the building that houses KGRN radio.


The Community Betterment Award went to Hubbell Realty Company which has redeveloped the former Spaulding campus to become the Spaulding Lofts.


The Outstanding Tourism Experience Award went to Brownell’s…which has become a driver of tourism in the community. It has become a hot-spot for locals and a destination for thousands of travelers.


The Public Servant of the Year is Fire Chief Dan Sicard, described as a leader in the community and a true professional in every sense of the word.


The Volunteer of the Year is Jennison Willett, who serves as a member of the Tiger Packs Advisory Committee and has tirelessly fundraised for the program by talking with area businesses and writing grants.


The Entrepreneur of the Year is Angela Harrington, who demonstrates entrepreneurial spirit, leadership, creativity, determination and perseverance and has been persistent in the development of the former Community Center into a boutique hotel and events center.


One To Watch Awards went to Saint’s Rest owner Sam Cox, Imagine Grinnell Executive Director Rich Dana, Grinnell Realty Owner & Broker Robin Marcinek and Grinnell-Newburg School District Superintendent Dr. Janet Stutz. This award recognizes individuals who have started businesses, expanded operations or done exemplary work as part of an organization.



20 Under 40 Awards:


1. Tyler Avis, City of Grinnell

2. Emily Barker, Hy-Vee

3. Ashley Barnes, Grinnell College

4. Phil Culham, Prairie Lakes Church

5. Michelle Czarnecki, Grinnell College

6. Grace Diehm, Grinnell Regional Medical Center

7. Trent Edsen, Grinnell-Newburg School District

8. Brad German, University of Iowa Community Credit Union

9. Heath Glienke, Natural Products

10. Cody Hinton, Paragon Church

11. Grace Hite, Monsanto

12. Mark Kolpin, Edward Jones Investments

13. Bill Kostow, Lincoln Savings Bank

14. Hayley Moore, Community 1st Credit Union

15. Jonathan Nance, Prairie Lakes Church & Grinnell-Newburg School Board

16. Jon Pettlon, Brownell’s

17. Jonathan Plate, Plate & Co.

18. Adrienne Squier, Grinnell College

19. Rachael Stensrud, Midwest Counseling

20. Elizabeth Tigges, Surgical Associates