For the City Times
STEVENS POINT — Two Portage County businesses and two industry leaders were singled out for honors on Wednesday, Jan. 31 at the Portage County Business Council’s Annual Dinner.
The event was held at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Convention Center, Stevens Point with a crowd of nearly four hundred people. Each year Business Council members, guests and dignitaries gather to celebrate the best of the best in volunteers, businesses, education, government, and non-profit organizations. The Annual Dinner is a celebration of past accomplishments and it is an opportunity to recognize the achievements of the past year.
Chosen for his dedication to community outreach and participation in activities that promote the mission of the Portage County Business Council, Pete Theisen with The Portage County Bank was selected for the Ambassador of the Year.
“Pete’s enthusiasm and dedication towards volunteering for the Business Council is outstanding. He volunteers during the year by attending business events such as ribbon cuttings, grand openings, Business After Hours, visits to new and existing businesses and monthly meetings”, said Karen Schanock, Director of Programs & Events for the Portage County Business Council.
Community First Bank, Stevens Point was selected for the Small Business of the Year Award for their growth, strength in employer/employee relations, efforts to adapt to market changes, commitment to community service and industry leadership. The bank has experienced $100 million dollars of assets as of Dec. 31, 2017, which can be attributed to community support, an ongoing goal to provide exceptional levels of customer service, a full range of products and services, and retention of quality staff.
The Business Council selected Aspirus Stevens Point Campus based on their contributions to the area’s economic vitality, increase in local employment base and significant contributions in community service. Aspirus’ commitment to improving health care choices for patients in Portage County is supported by more than doubling the size of the Stevens Point campus with a new 40,000 sq. ft. addition that was completed November, 2017. The addition includes a new and expanded walk-in care unit, enhanced imaging capabilities and a hospital-grade surgery center to accommodate more extensive and involved surgical procedures.
Keith Pilger, attorney and partner of the law firm Anderson O’Brien was selected for the President’s Award for his dedication to the Portage County Business Council, the PCBC Foundation and his economic development efforts for our community.
“Keith Pilger is a pillar of our community. He has been involved in many charitable endeavors and spent countless hours volunteering his time to better Portage County,” said PCBC executive director, Todd Kuckkahn. “It was an honor for us to provide him with this award and we are all extremely fortunate to have him and his family in our community.”