Annual Awards

The Greater Harrison Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards honors outstanding businesses, organizations and individuals who promote growth and prosperity in our community. Over the years, honorees have been celebrated in a number of ways including a banquet, videos and publicity. 

2024 Awards Nominations

Nominations will be accepted through close of business Aug. 9, 2024.

Click here for nomination instructions and forms. 

2023 Award Winners

The following award recipients will be recognized at a reception Jan. 25, 2024. 

2023 Greater Harrison Rising Star of the Year: Taylor Toerner (Key Bank)

2023 Mary Lou Smith Community Service Award: Doris Gibbons (Gibbons Insurance

2023 Greater Harrison Lifetime Achievement Award: Gary Ellerhorst (Crown Plastics) 

2023 Greater Harrison Emerging Business of the Year: Harrison Mattress   

2023 Greater Harrison Corporate Community Excellence Award: Crown Plastics

2023 Greater Harrison Innovator of the Year: Bright Family Eye Care

 

2023 Greater Harrison Chamber Non-Profit of the Year: Yeager-Benson American Legion Post 199

 

2023 Greater Harrison Chamber Business of the Year: Harrison Home Bakery 

2022 Award Winners

The following award recipients were recognized at a reception Feb. 23, 2023. This event also commemorated Chamber’s 10th anniversary. 

2022 Greater Harrison Rising Star of the Year: Haley Kummer (Smart Start Childcare)

2022 Greater Harrison Emerging Business of the Year: The Little Fern Shop   

2022 Greater Harrison Corporate Community Excellence Award: 1860 Taproom & Bottleshop

2022 Greater Harrison Innovator of the Year: Southwest Local School District

 

2022 Greater Harrison Chamber Non-Profit of the Year: Reach Out Pregnancy Center

 

2022 Greater Harrison Chamber Business of the Year: Brater-Winter Funeral Home

 

2021 Award Winners

Most of the Chamber’s 2021 award recipients were recognized during a special reception Jan. 5, 2022. You can view photos from this event on Facebook.

2021 Greater Harrison Rising Star of the Year: Gennifer Kurtz, Gypsy Wagon Print Co.

2021 Greater Harrison Emerging Business of the Year: O’Reilley Floral & Design

2021 Greater Harrison Innovator of the Year: Liberty Tax (Harrison)

2021 Mary Lou Smith Community Service Award: Gail Chuck

2021 Greater Harrison Lifetime Achievement Award: Dr. Lawrence Kluener, DDS

2021 Greater Harrison Corporate Community Excellence Award: Mattress by Appointment

2021 Greater Harrison Chamber Non-Profit of the Year: Pathways to Home

2021 Greater Harrison Chamber Business of the Year: Gibbons Insurance Agency of American Family

2020 Award Winners 

Due to COVID-19 concerns, the Chamber did not have an in-person banquet in 2020. However, we were thrilled to recognize the following honorees in video presentations which you can view on Facebook.

2020 Greater Harrison Emerging Business of the Year: Car Country  

2020 Greater Harrison Corporate Community Excellence Award: Gibbons Insurance Agency of American Family

2020 Mary Lou Smith Outstanding Community Service Award: John Hamstra, superintendent, Southwest Local Schools

2020 Greater Harrison Rising Star of the Year: Mark Meibers, athletic director and assistant principal, Harrison High School

2020 Greater Harrison Lifetime Achievement Award: Brenda Leonard, co-owner, Market Street Grille

2020 Greater Harrison Chamber Non-Profit Organization of the Year: LifeSpring Community Christian Church

2020 Greater Harrison Chamber Business of the Year: Market Street Grille

 

2019 Award Winners 

2019 Greater Harrison New Business of the Year: Casey’s Storage Solutions

2019 Greater Harrison Innovator of the Year: AccuDoc Urgent Care 

2019 Greater Harrison Corporate Citizen of the Year: Ahead of the Curve Gifts

2019 Mary Lou Smith Community Service Award: Dan Losekamp 

2019 Greater Harrison Young Professional of the Year Award: Dr. Saniya Johnson 

2019 Greater Harrison Lifetime Achievement Award: Hank Menninger 

2019 Greater Harrison Chamber Non-Profit Organization of the Year: Reach Out Pregnancy Center 

2019 The Greater Harrison Chamber Business of the Year Award: The Coffee Peddlar 

2019 Greater Harrison Chamber Distinguished Service Award: Jim Kinnett

 

  

2018 Award Winners 

2018 Greater Harrison New Business of the Year: Boley Braces 

2018 Greater Harrison Innovator of the Year: Cincinnati Test Systems 

2018 Greater Harrison Corporate Citizen of the Year: Skyline Chili (Harrison)       

2018 Mary Lou Smith Community Service Award: Jennifer Mohr (FCN Bank)  

2018 Greater Harrison Young Professional of the Year Award: Spencer Ford (Conservative Financial Solutions) 

2018 Greater Harrison Lifetime Achievement Award: Keith Lake (Lake’s Sporting Goods) 

2018 The Greater Harrison Chamber Non-Profit Organization of the Year: Pathways to Home 

2018 The Greater Harrison Chamber Business of the Year Award: JTM Food Group 

2018 Greater Harrison Chamber Distinguished Service Award: Sara Cullin (Signal Tree Creative Communications)

 

2017 Award Winners

 

2017 Greater Harrison New Business of the Year: Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers 

2017 Greater Harrison Innovator of the Year: Cincinnati Test Systems

2017 Greater Harrison Corporate Citizen of the Year: JTM Food Group

2017 Mary Lou Smith Community Service Award: Mary Lou Smith

2017 Greater Harrison Young Professional of the Year: Joey Madden (Cincinnati Asphalt)

2017 Greater Harrison Lifetime Achievement Award: Walter Schunk (Schunk Excavation & Trucking)

2017 Greater Harrison Chamber Non-Profit Organization of the Year: Celebrate Recovery / Church on Fire Ministries

2017 Greater Harrison Chamber Business of the Year: F&M Mafco

2017 Greater Harrison Chamber Distinguished Service Award: Gary Ellerhorst (Crown Plastics) 

 

2016 Award Winners

 

2016 Greater Harrison Chamber Business of the Year: Hubert Company 

2016 Greater Harrison Chamber Non-Profit Organization of the Year: Pathways to Home 

2016 Greater Harrison Chamber Distinguished Service Award: Sara Cullin (Hubert Company) 

 

2015 Award Winners 

2015 Greater Harrison Chamber Business of the Year: JTM Food Group  

2015 Greater Harrison Chamber Non-Profit Organization of the Year: City of Refuge 

2015 Greater Harrison Chamber Distinguished Service Award: Doris Gibbons (Gibbons Insurance Agency of American Family)