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Ed/Glen Chamber of Commerce seeks nominations for annual business awards

On March 12, the Edwardsville/Glen Carbon Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Business Awards Gala will will recognize business leaders with the Albert Cassens Award for Outstanding Community Achievement, the Tallerico Leadership Award, and the Lifetime Achievement Award.

The chamber is seeking nominations for these prestigious awards, and the deadline is fast approaching.

Nominations for all three awards will be accepted through Monday, Feb. 10, 2020. Applications are available for download at

Please consider nominating a business leader for one of these honors. It is important to note that criteria for all awards have been adjusted to support the Ed/Glen Chamber’s guiding principles and recognize individuals whose primary involvement is with a private-sector, profit-motivated organization.

The Albert Cassens Award for Outstanding Community Achievement was established by the Ed/Glen Chamber in 1993 and is presented to an individual who has given freely of his or her time to the community, made a significant impact on the community during the 2018-2019 calendar years, has earned a reputation for his/her exemplary integrity, has demonstrated support for the guiding principles of chambers of commerce, and has demonstrated a personal commitment to social (which may include environmental) responsibility.

Previous recipients include Albert Cassens, Mary Kane, Robert Wetzel, Robert Plummer, Robert McClellan, Jamie Henderson, Jeff Lantz, Joe Gugger, Dr. David Werner, Jean Hughes, Don Metzger, Dr. Dale Chapman, Dennis Terry, Tom Allen, Chuck Tosovsky, Mark Shashek, John Motley, Mark Mestemacher, Herman Shaw, SJ Morrison, Gordon Broom, Rod Vaught, Paul Millard, Dale Keller, Paul Abert, Linda Cassens, and 2019 awardee Cathy Hamilton.

The Tallerico Leadership Award replaced the ATHENA Award in 2010. Rich Tallerico brought the ATHENA International Award to the Ed/Glen Chamber in 1986. The purpose of the Tallerico Leadership Award remains the same – to bring into focus the outstanding professional business women within our community and to encourage the opening of leadership opportunities for women within the community’s workplaces.

Previous ATHENA/Tallerico Leadership Award recipients include Edna Wolfe, Delores Gooch, Nina Baird, Rosemary Bratten, Evelyn Bowles, Barbara Crowder, Stephanie Robbins, Jill Dufner, Sue Pedersen, Janet Foehrkolb, Evelyn Wiechman, Joan Foster, Meta Minton, Susan Donnelly, Bobby Ragan, Joyce Williams, Dr. Almeda Lahr-Well, Carol Wetzel, Suzanne Dietrich, Kay Werner, Donna Bardon, Barbara Jurgena-Stamer, Elizabeth Levy, Patricia Peverly, Joan O’Saben, Dr. Carol Keene, Teresa Katubig, Ann Tosovsky, Nancy Schneider, Patty Navin, Cindy Reinhardt, Elizabeth Heil, Bev George, and 2019 recipient Jane Coffey.

The Lifetime Achievement Award was established in 2009 and is presented to an exceptional business person who has made a significant positive impact on the community through his or her past achievements over a long period of time and has enhanced the quality of life for Edwardsville/Glen Carbon residents. Recipients include Gary Coffey, Dr. Robert Koepke, Edward McCarthy, Robert Wetzel, Gary Niebur, Joe Glik, Gerry Schuetzenhofer, Robert Plummer, Ralph Korte, Greg Fowler, and 2019 honoree Merrill Ottwein.​

The Edwardsville/Glen Carbon Chamber of Commerce is a member-driven organization dedicated to a strong, private-sector regional economy. For information on Ed/Glen Chamber membership, go to or call (618) 656-7600.


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