The Family Business Center at Loyola University Chicago’s Quinlan School of Business is pleased to announce the winners of its 24th Annual Illinois Family Business of the Year Awards.
Presented in six categories, the awards recognize companies with exceptional commitment to family and family business. The center continues to recognize deserving family businesses and celebrate the family enterprise as it has for more than two decades.
An awards gala honoring the winners and finalists, as well as the tradition, dedication, and success of the family enterprise, was held on Thursday, November 16, at 6:30 p.m. at the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago.
The 2017 Illinois Family Business of the Year Awardees are:
View gala photos in the gallery below or on Quinlan’s Flickr page.
The awards drew nominations in six categories: Small (companies with fewer than 50 employees), Medium (50 to 250), Large (more than 250), Community Service, the Dean’s Award, and the Century Award. Those recognized have demonstrated positive family/business linkage, multigenerational family business involvement, contributions to industry and community, and innovative business practices and strategies.
The center’s inspiration for the awards program comes from its numerous nominees: successful and dedicated family businesses whose generosity, innovation, and community involvement have left powerful and lasting impressions.
“For 24 years, the Loyola Family Business Center has been honoring and celebrating the importance of family business,” said Anne Smart, director of the Loyola Family Business Center. “From job creation to long-term, sustainable economic value—family businesses contribute to the success and vitality of our economy and communities. On behalf of our generous sponsor organizations and Loyola University Chicago, we wish to congratulate this year’s winning businesses and the families who lead them.”
This year’s sponsors include BMO Harris Bank, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, Wipfli LLP, MassMutual Hoopis Financial Group, MB Financial Bank, Oxford Financial Group, Perkins Coie LLP, U.S. Bank Private Wealth Management, Abbot Downing–Wells Fargo, Crain’s Chicago Business, and the Eli’s Cheesecake Company.
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