- The movers and the shakers of Ottawa and surrounding communities
gathered at the Schroeder Center for the Arts on Jan. 15 for the Ottawa
Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Membership Appreciation Meeting.
evening event began at 6 p.m. With live music performed by Ottawa
saxophone artist Charlie Doepker, attendees who arrived in advance of
the meeting's 7:30 p.m. start sampled the "Taste of the Chamber" hors
d'oeuvres as they mingled with fellow businesses and organizational
"This is an opportunity for
restaurants, chefs and caterers to promote their unique menu items to
other business professionals who are also Chamber members," said Amy
Sealts, executive director for the OACOC.
local food service industries on hand included a Chef's Personal Touch,
Cavern Club Winery, Devine Interventions, Henry's, Red Pig Inn, Schnipke
Inn, Touches From the Heart and The Well of Glandorf. Each donated
their food for the evening.
The meeting itself
was called to order by OACOC 2013 Board Chairman Dave Kuhlman of Kuhlman
Builders. Incoming officers were announced and outgoing officers were
recognized for their service, new members, investors and initiatives
were overviewed, but the highlight of the evening was the announcement
of the OACOC Business of the Year.
honor was bestowed upon Don and Teresa Croy along with their sons Jeff
and Lyle of Croy's Mowing. Their business is celebrating its 27th year
of operation and employs 50 individuals.
fellow OACOC member Brian Gustwiller nominated Croy's Mowing for the
Business of the Year award, he wrote, "They demonstrate a great track
record for hard work, community involvement and pride in their work. I
admire their dedication to their business, employees and community. They
jump at the chance to volunteer for events and have grown their
business and number of employees over the last decade".
we received their nomination and looked back at Chamber initiatives,
projects and events during 2013, we found that one or more of the Croy
family members had participated in nearly every activity," added Sealts.
"That's not something you see every day."
the award presentation, Chase Eikenbary, the NW Ohio Regional Liaison
for Ohio Governor John Kasich's office, and Timothy Doescher from Ohio
Lt. Governor Mary Taylor's office, presented the Croy family with a
proclamation from the State of Ohio in recognition of being the Business
of the Year.