Loyola University Chicago

Quinlan School of Business


Illinois Family Business award winners 2015

Illinois Family Business award winners 2015

The Illinois Family Business of the Year Awards recognize multi-generational family business involvement, contributions to industry and community, and innovative business practices and strategies.

The Family Business Center at Loyola University Chicago’s Quinlan School of Business is pleased to announce the winners of its 22nd Annual Illinois Family Business of the Year Awards. The awards program recognizes exceptional Illinois-based family businesses that demonstrate a strong commitment to business development, family, and the greater Illinois community.

An awards gala honoring the winners and finalists, as well as the tradition, dedication, and success of the family enterprise, will take place on Thursday, November 19, at 6:30 p.m., at The Four Seasons Hotel Chicago. The gala is also part of a yearlong celebration of the Family Business Center’s 25th anniversary.

2015 award winners

The 2015 Illinois Family Business of the Year awardees are:

  • Small Family Business of the Year: Carl Becker & Son Ltd.
  • Medium Family Business of the Year: Flood Brothers Disposal & Recycling
  • Large Family Business of the Year: O’Neil Industries Inc.
  • Community Service Award: Mariani Enterprises
  • Dean’s Award: Dot Foods Inc.
  • Century Award: Matot Inc.

The annual awards drew nominations in six categories: small (companies with fewer than 50 employees), medium (50 to 250), large (more than 250), community service, dean’s award, and century award. Award winners have all demonstrated positive family/business linkage, multi-generational family business involvement, contributions to industry and community, and innovative business practices and strategies.

“The Illinois Family Business of the Year Awards program gives us the opportunity to celebrate the incredible contributions of family business to our communities and our economy,” said Andrew Keyt, executive director of the Loyola Family Business Center. “We are pleased to honor these dedicated families and their businesses as part of the Family Business Center’s 25th anniversary celebrations.”

Sponsors for this year’s awards gala are: BMO Harris Bank, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, Grant Thornton, KPMG, MassMutual Hoopis Financial Group, MB Financial Bank, Oxford Financial, Perkins Coie, U.S. Bank Private Client Reserve, Crain’s, and Eli’s Cheesecake.

For more information on the awards, including a list of past recipients, and to purchase tickets for the awards gala, please visit LUC.edu/fbc.

About the award winners and finalists

Small Business Category: Carl Becker & Son Ltd.

For many luthier (people who make or repair string instruments) passion, skill and talent have been passed down through families, from generation to generation. Carl Becker & Son Ltd., originated in the early 1800’s by Herman Macklett, and has since grown and thrived in the hands of five generations of Beckers. Most recently, the daughter of current president Paul Becker is eager to learn the luthier trade.

Lake Forest Sportscars

Medium Business Category: Flood Brothers Disposal & Recycling

Founded in 1930 by Joseph Simon Flood, and offering customized waste removal solutions for both residential and commercial customers, Flood Brothers Disposal & Recycling started with just one truck, just one employee, and just one simple philosophy: “Provide a great service at a fair price.” Eighty-five years and five generations later, this family-owned and operated organization has updated its trucks and technologies, and expanded its operations. Today, Flood Brothers boasts a base of more than 100 employees who, guided by Joseph’s founding philosophy, provide cost-effective, solution-specific services to over 150 communities in the Chicagoland area.

FONA International
The Resicom Group

Large Business Category: O’Neil Industries

William E. O’Neil founded W.E. O’Neil Construction Co. in 1925 to be a Chicago and Northern Illinois builder. Soon after its inception, the company was asked to construct five buildings for the Chicago World’s Fair Century of Progress. Now in its fourth generation of family management, O’Neil Industries is a nationally recognized company, with subsidiaries in six states. Staying true to the company motto, “Building Great Relationships,” O’Neil Industries places the utmost value on their people, their customers and their shareholders.

Graycor Inc.
Mariani Enterprises

Community Service Award: Mariani Enterprises

Mariani Enterprises has had deep roots in the landscaping industry since the early 1900s. Formally established by Vito Mariani, Sr., in 1958, the organization is now led by its second generation, and is comprised of three separate companies and 600 employees. Keeping family as their foundation, they pursue perfection in themselves, their projects, and their processes.

Capannari Ice Cream
Imagineering Inc.
Louis Glunz Beer Inc.

Dean’s Award: Dot Foods

Robert Tracy founded Dot Foods with the support of his wife Dorothy in 1960. Since then, Dot Foods has operated by the same set of values: trusted values, innovative solutions, and shared growth. These values have helped Dot Foods become the nation’s largest food redistributor, with more than 109,000 products delivered in less-than-truck-load quantities to distributors in all 50 states and 25 countries.

Century Award: Matot Inc.

In 1888, a master carpenter named Duffy Matot founded Matot Inc. on the north side of Chicago. Duffy’s vision was to provide refrigeration equipment and functional dumbwaiters to the many taverns and shops throughout the area. As the years passed, Matot grew along with the city, meeting the demands of the rapidly burgeoning population and productivity. Today, Matot’s modern facility houses the latest in lift solution technology and the company services clients in the U.S. and worldwide.