Fox Cities Chamber: Announces 2021 Professional Leadership Award recipients

FOX CITIES, Wis. (Dec. 8, 2022) – The Fox Cities Chamber last week announced the recipients of its 2021 Professional Leadership Awards, including the newest inductee into the Fox Cities Business Hall of Fame. The 2021 award recipients, selected in the fall by a distinguished Chamber volunteer community of Fox Cities professionals, include:

·         Company Innovation Awards:

o   Large employer: C3 Corporation

o   Small employer: A2Z Design

·         Rising Star Awards:

o   Prepd

o   McFleshmans Brewing Co.

·         Joyce Bytof Exceptional Mentor Award:

o   Irene Strohbeen, Entrepreneur in Residence; Lawrence University

·         Gus A. Zuehlke Distinguished Award:

o   Sharon Hulce, President/CEO; Employment Resource Group Inc.

·         Athena Leadership Award®:

o   Maria Van Laanen, President/CEO, Fox Cities Performing Arts Center

·         Businesses of the Year:

o   Large employer (service category): Sure-Dry

o   Large employer (manufacturing category): Menasha Corporation

o   Small employer (service category): Weidert Group

·         Business Leader Hall of Fame:

o   Tom Wiltzius, President; Wiltzius Associates, LLC

Honorees will be publicly recognized throughout the month of January, including at the Chamber’s first-ever Celebrate Fox Cities Annual Dinner Jan. 20 at The Red Lion Hotel Paper Valley. More information about the event is available online at

Learn more about the awards online at Nominations for the 2022 awards will be available next summer.

“Thank you to everyone who was part of the nomination and selection process. It is always a humbling experience to be involved with the naming of these distinguished honorees,” said Becky Bartoszek, President and CEO of the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce. “These businesses and business leaders are the backbone of our work at the Chamber – where we strive every day to be a catalyst for business growth, a convener of the community, and a champion for a thriving Fox Cities.”