Friday, October 31, 2014

Chamber Recognizes Twenty-Nine

The Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce hosted their 17th annual Business and Community Recognition Luncheon on Thursday, October 30 at the Pekin Country Club.  The chamber’s Member Promotions Committee coordinated the luncheon, which was sponsored by Enviro-Safe Refrigerants, Pekin Insurance, ActOnEnergy, Pekin Trophy House & Engraved Gifts, The Greenhouse Flower Shoppe, and Pekin Hospital.  Additional sponsors included CEFCU, Herget Bank, NRG Powerton, UnityPoint Health, ICPR Family Practice and South Side Bank.

Recognition was given to twenty-eight area businesses and organizations in the following categories:  “green” projects or programs; new ownership or management; new business or building; additional employees; major retraining effort; new technology or major equipment investment; other business improvements; and, community involvement.

Additionally, one business was recognized for 100 years of operations.

The speaker at the luncheon was Diana Hall, owner and president of Bard Optical.  Bard Optical was founded over 70 years ago in Peoria by Dr. A. Arthur Bard. In 1981 Diana J. Hall purchased Bard and the company grew from a single office to a noted, woman-owned, national leader in professional eyecare and quality eyewear. Bard Optical has now expanded to 20 locations in central and southern Illinois.

Hall shared some of her personal and business philosophies.  “The more you know, the more you know” was Hall’s way of saying that you always need to be learning and always growing.
Hall continually challenges the status quo at Bard’s.  “You either grow, or you fade away,” she said.  They have a goal to grow to 25 outlets.

Hall is actively involved in many community organizations and efforts.  She credited a chamber leadership academy as the force that pushed her into community service.

Chamber Board President Aindrea Balagna closed the program by thanking the audience for their support and their recognition of the accomplishments of others.  Fifty-Six businesses and organizations were represented by 195 attendees.

The twenty-eight businesses and organizations recognized for their achievements in the past year were:

American Cancer Society - Relay for Life of Pekin
BodyWealth Massage
Cullinan Properties LTD - East Court Village
Farmers Insurance - Tatlock Agency
Ferguson Plumbing
Gailey Eye Clinic
GroUp
Hallmark House Nursing Center
Herget Bank
ICPR Family Practice
Illinois American Water
Institute of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
iTV-3
Liberty Village of Pekin
Living Alternatives Pregnancy Resource Center
Pekin Animal Hospital
Pekin Hospital - Progressive Health Systems
Pekin Insurance, Pekin Hospital and the Unland Companies
Pekin Main Street
Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory LLC
Servpro of Peoria & North Central Tazewell County
Sound Choice Hearing Clinic
South Side Trust & Savings Bank
Speakeasy Art Center
Sumer Wellness & Spa
Tazewell County Resource Centers, Inc.
United Way of Pekin
Velde Lincoln Volvo of Peoria

Midland Davis Corporation was recognized for a century of operations.

You can see pictures from this event at:  http://picasaweb.google.com/PekinChamber

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