Business Hall of Fame 2020
Tuesday, November 24, Ramada-Columbus
5:30 p.m. Social, 6:30 p.m. Dinner
Gordon McAllister “Mac” Hull Gustavus W. Viergutz
Induction into the Business Hall of Fame is made on the basis of accomplishments in a person’s business or profession.
The Ovation Award is given to women who demonstrate support of the goals of professional women and provide unselfish assistance on their behalf. Winners are chosen who have demonstrated excellence in business or profession, provided valuable service to business or profession and to the community, who have exhibited initiative and creativity enhancing the efficiency of business or profession and have exhibited initiative and creativity enhancing the stability and improvement of the community.
2019 Winner: Amy Blaser
Archway Award is given to those who demonstrate excellence in business or profession, exhibit initiative and creativity enhancing the efficiency of business or profession, provide valuable service to business or profession and to the community, and exhibit initiative and creativity promoting area economic development.
2019 Winner: Kevin Johnson
Charles Farnham Volunteer of the Year Award
This award is given annually in the name of Chuck Farnham, a man who defined the phrase “community volunteer”. Chuck set the bar for volunteer efforts with such things as his involvement the American Legion and the VFW, having been a World War II veteran. Chuck was president of the local Lions club, a Director on the local Chamber Board, and was heavily involved in the Sesostris Shrine. Chuck presided over two different local education associations, he was a Columbus City Councilman, and he was a director of the Platte Valley Playhouse. He was also as a member of SCORE (the Service Corps of Retired Executives), and a consultant for The Center for Small Business at Central Community College where he mentored a multitude of small businesses and shared generously of the knowledge he had gained over the years. Nominees for the Charles Farnham Award are selected for providing valuable service to the community, exhibiting initiative and creativity in providing this service, specifically providing service outside of job responsibilities, and significantly impacting the region and its residents.