Ames Chamber of Commerce

Annual Awards

Every year the Ames Chamber of Commerce and its affiliate organizations recognize individuals and businesses who have shown exemplary service and commitment in their profession or in the community. The combined Annual Event of the Ames Chamber of Commerce, Ames Economic Development Commission, Ames Main Street, FUEL Story County, Ames Seed Capital, The Ames Foundation and Campustown Action Association celebrates the accomplishments of the annual award recipients for each organization.

Congratulations to our 2020 Annual Award Winners!

Business Person of the Year: Michelle Cassabaum, 21st Century Rehab
Business Person of the Year: Michelle Cassabaum, 21st Century Rehab
Community Contributor of the Year: Reynolds Cramer, Fareway
Community Contributor of the Year: Reynolds Cramer, Fareway
Trailblazer of the Year: Raspberry Hill Bed & Breakfast
Trailblazer of the Year: Raspberry Hill Bed & Breakfast
Diversity & Inclusion: Wayne and Edna Clinton
Diversity & Inclusion: Wayne and Edna Clinton
Culture Creator: Chad Randick & the Better at Burke Campaign, Burke Corporation
Culture Creator: Chad Randick & the Better at Burke Campaign, Burke Corporation
Ames Chamber Ambassador of the Year: Jason Jennings, Friedrich Iowa Realty
Ames Chamber Ambassador of the Year: Jason Jennings, Friedrich Iowa Realty
Economic Impact: AgCertain
Economic Impact: AgCertain
Economic Impact: Amcor
Economic Impact: Amcor
Economic Impact: American Packaging
Economic Impact: American Packaging
Economic Impact: Brick Towne Ames
Economic Impact: Brick Towne Ames
Economic Impact: Larson Well Drilling
Economic Impact: Larson Well Drilling
Economic Impact: South Glenn Subdivision
Economic Impact: South Glenn Subdivision
Economic Impact: Story City Housing Project
Economic Impact: Story City Housing Project
Economic Impact: TMC
Economic Impact: TMC
The Ames Foundation Contributor of the Year: Jennifer Garst
The Ames Foundation Contributor of the Year: Jennifer Garst
Ames Main Street Volunteer of the Year: Eliz Erbes, Avec Design + Build
Ames Main Street Volunteer of the Year: Eliz Erbes, Avec Design + Build
FUEL Story County 4 Under 40: Jill Crosser, Bankers Trust
FUEL Story County 4 Under 40: Jill Crosser, Bankers Trust
FUEL Story County 4 Under 40: Nate Rasmussen, Merck Animal Health
FUEL Story County 4 Under 40: Nate Rasmussen, Merck Animal Health
FUEL Story County 4 Under 40: Tiffany Tope, Stevens Memorial Chapel
FUEL Story County 4 Under 40: Tiffany Tope, Stevens Memorial Chapel
FUEL Story County 4 Under 40: Cherie Torresi, Sigler Companies
FUEL Story County 4 Under 40: Cherie Torresi, Sigler Companies
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Awards

  • Business Person of the Year
    • Recognizes an individual for his/her long-term commitment to their own business as well as the business climate and quality of life in the community.
  • Community Contributor of the Year
    • Recognizes an individual for his/her personal involvement and enthusiasm in a variety of civic and/or service organizations and has shown effort in improving the quality of life in the community.
  • Trailblazer of the Year (Formerly Entrepreneur of the Year)
    • Recognizes an individual or business for his/her creativity, imagination and personal initiative in operating a successful business venture.
  • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Recognizes an individual for his/her leadership in developing inclusive organizations and being a champion of diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Culture Creator
    • Recognizes an outstanding individual for their leadership and creating a company culture by investing in the development and wellbeing of its employees.
  • Chamber Ambassador of the Year
    • Recognizes an individual for his/her outstanding dedication to the Chamber and its members as an Ames Chamber Ambassador
  • Economic Impact
    • The Ames Economic Development Commission presents Economic Impact Awards to area companies that have made significant contributions to the greater Ames and Story County area through business growth and job creation.
  • Ames Main Street: Volunteer of the Year
    • Recognizes an individual who has performed above and beyond for Downtown Ames by volunteering their time and efforts to support Ames Main Street and their work.
  • Campustown Action Association: Volunteer of the Year
    • Recognizes an individual for their time and effort representing Campustown and CAA at events throughout the Ames community.
  • Ames Main Street Farmers' Market: Contributor of the Year
    • Recognizes an individual or business who has supported the market and helped it continue to prosper and grow.
  • The Ames Foundation: Contributor of the Year
    • Recognizes an individual who has gone above and beyond in their volunteerism and support of the Ames Foundation.
  • FUEL Story County: 4 Under 40
    • The '4 Under 40' Awards capture the spirit of extraordinary young professionals in our community by recognizing those individuals who take the mission of FUEL Story County to heart, which is to be leaders committed to improving the quality of life in Ames, and to establish a community of young professionals dedicated to building and fostering relationships through leadership development, professional development, philanthropic involvement, and cultural and social opportunities. These young professionals have demonstrated outstanding leadership, professionalism, and community involvement in Ames, Iowa.
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