A large crowd of business and community leaders gathered at the main banquet hall of the Camp Perry Clubhouse Wednesday evening for the Ottawa County Improvement Corp. Business and Industry Awards. Nine major awards were handed out to businesses and individuals with the top award, Business of the Year, going to Bay Point Marina and Resort.
Jamie Beier Grant, Executive Director of OCIC, read a paragraph on each of the award nominees as the night progressed while Ottawa County Commissioner Mark Stahl presented each winner with their award. Brooke Brown accepted the award on behalf of Bay Point.
Kelley Frey and Geno Monaco from the Ottawa County Sanitary Engineer’s Office shared the Volunteer of the Year award. The daughters of Jack Schiller, Barb Lodermeier and Mary Coffee, as well as grandson John Coffee received the Personal Achievement award given posthumously. The Ottawa County Visitors Bureau was named the Economic Development Partner award, while Don Clemons Sr. received the Bill Mack Award. The Entrepreneur of the Year award went to Advance Battery Concepts in Lake Winds Industrial Park.
Three businesses were nominated for the Large Business of the Year, including Bay Point. They were joined by Heinemann Winery and the Put-in-Bay Boat Line. The award went to the folks at the Jet Express.
The outstanding Medium Business of the Year award went to Riverside Machine and Automation in Genoa, as they edged out the Moore Family Businesses (Cameo Pizza, Crosswinds Restaurant, Island Adventures and Cedar Lanes Campgrounds) along with Chipmatic Tool in Elmore.
Zink Calls of Port Clinton, represented by Dawn and Fred Zink, was named the outstanding Small Business of the Year. Also nominated were Oak Harbor Hardware and Advance Product Designs, an auto racing specialty business in Genoa.