2013 Award Winner Biographies
SMALL FAMILY BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
DICKE TOOL CO.
Dicke Tool Co. is a leader in worksite and emergency scene traffic control safety products that protect property, and save lives. Founder Casper Dicke learned the tool making trade in 1881, and built the company’s first plant in 1903. Vera Dicke is among the generations that have followed his lead. A former nurse who received her MBA at Loyola, Vera earned Dicke Tool Co. its Women’s Business Enterprise certification in 2010. Today the company is known for its innovation, holding 36 patents in its field.
Kopicki’s Heritage Funeral Homes
Russell Martin Carpet & Rugs
MEDIUM FAMILY BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
LOUIS GLUNZ BEER INC.
Founded in 1888, Louis Glunz Beer is among the oldest beer distributors in the U.S. They worked vigorously to become the premier beer distributor to restaurants, bars, liquor, and grocery stores throughout Chicagoland. Generation four runs the business today with a keen sense of work/family balance, as generation five is being groomed for next generation leadership. Recent honors include winning the 2012 Distributor of the Year by Beverage World magazine and the 2013 Wholesaler of the Year from Beverage Industry magazine.
Buck Services Inc.
LARGE FAMILY BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
In 1897, Glik Co. was a single menswear store. Today they are a high-end, name brand, apparel and footwear chain with 61 stores in nine states. The family’s marketing, buying savvy, and personal service have helped them survive and thrive in a tight retail environment for over 116 years. Creating a socially conscious and sustainable business has earned Glik’s its reputation for an honest approach to retailing at a fair price. Generations two, three and four can look forward to vast opportunities in the family business.
Bearco Management Co.
COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD
BEARCO MANAGEMENT CO.
The Bear Family McDonald’s Restaurants have sought to differentiate themselves since 1967 by taking the fast food dining experience up multiple notches. Their made-to-order, high-quality food, comfortable interiors and professionally dressed staff set them apart. As an outstanding corporate citizen, they have always shared their successes. From contributing to school programs, hospitals, and community centers, as well as participating in fundraisers and serving on community boards, the Bear Family Restaurants have shown the community that they can always be relied on for support.
Dicke Tool Co.
Three generations of the Gray family have run Graycor since 1921. Today the company is known as the leading provider of construction, maintenance and facilities services for major corporations throughout North America. Graycor’s motto: “Wanted: A hard job”, has clearly been achieved, and has allowed them to continually expand their business to better meet their clients’ needs. Now in its 90th year, Graycor continues to shine with a host of construction and maintenance services and wide range of socially conscious and sustainable business practices including solar power initiatives, LEED certification, and work-life commutes for employees.
AMERICAN HOTEL REGISTER CO.
Started in 1865 as a publisher of hotel travel directories and railroad maps, American Hotel Register Co. has continually adapted over the past 148 years to become the largest national distributor of hospitality products today. Focused on delivering targeted business solutions, they have never stopped evolving to meet industry needs. Offering personalized programs, and integrated technology solutions, in addition to their vast products, the third generation of family members running the business today keeps the company growing while maintaining strong personal relationships with its customers.