2023 Annual Meeting & Chamber Awards
We hope you will join us in celebrating Charlevoix, its Chamber businesses, organizations, clubs, and individuals at the Chamber Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner at Castle Farms on Thursday, February 23, 2023.
The night of celebration will include dinner and a cash bar. Please join us in our Charlevoix Celebration!
2022 Award Winners
Citizen of the Year Business of the Year
Bo Boss The Clothing Company
Award Sponsored by City of Charlevoix Award Sponsored by Charlevoix State Bank
New Business of the Year Young Professional of the Year
Black Market Foods Lindsey Dotson
Customer Service Award Ambassador of the Year
Tom Jillson Chuck Hayes
Charlevoix Cinema III Bergmann Center
Award Sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield
Tourism Excellence Award
Charlevoix Recreation Department
Award Sponsored by Visit Charlevoix
If you are interested in sponsoring an award winner, please contact Caitlin at 231-547-2101 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
FEATURED SPEAKER: Lou Kasischke
Climber, 1996 Mount Everest Expedition
Author, After The Wind: Tragedy on Everest, One Survivor's Story
Near the top of Mount Everest, on 10 May 1996, eight climbers died. It was the worst tragedy in the mountain's history. Lou Kasischke was there.
Lou wrote about his experience in the award-winning After The Wind: Tragedy on Everest, One Survivor's Story. He also consulted on the 2015 Universal Pictures film that retold the story, Everest.
Lou continues to use his experience to teach, inspire, and motivate audiences in topics ranging from athleticism and endurance to the importance of decision-making and risk-management.
He is a former chief executive officer, and a director and advisor to several corporations on business and legal matters. Lou’s education includes a Bachelor of Arts degree in business and a Juris doctor degree in law from Michigan State University. Risk management was the major focus of his business degree from MSU. His professional career, especially as a lawyer and a venture capital advisor, often focused on taking high-stakes business risks, managing risk, and making decisions with far-reaching consequences. This part of Lou’s life made his several decades as a serious mountain climber a natural extension. And it also explains his perspective and the important purpose that led him to closely examine, analyze, and explain what went wrong on Everest and his experience of being there, based on the facts that matter and not on the sensational and irrelevant.