Art of Achievement Award nominees named

GENESEE COUNTY — Several Flint Township businesses and individuals are listed among the nominees for the third-annual Art of Achievement of Awards, presented by the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce and the Flint & Genesee Convention and Visitors Bureau.

This year’s gala will be held Nov. 15, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., at the Flint Institute of Arts. The format is slightly different from previous years, with the awards program beginning at 6 p.m. and the hors d’oeuvres reception following afterwards. There will also be a cash bar.

“The committee felt that starting the evening off with the awards program would allow the nominees and guests to mingle afterwards in a more relaxed setting,” said Heather Kale, Director of Member Services at the Flint & Genesee Chamber. “Also, the FIA is a fabulous venue for event like the Art of Achievement Awards. We’re looking forward to a fun evening.”

Tickets are sold out.

Park Place Hair Studio and Peerless Mattress Co., both on Miller Road, are among Flint Township nominees for the Small Business Award. Super 8 Miller Road/Airport is among 8 nominees for Hotel of the Year. Regional Medical Imaging (RMI), which has an office on Lennon Road, is up for the CEO Business Award.

Nominees for Art of Achievement

The following individuals and companies are nominees in the business category:

CEO Business Award — Any company with 50 or more employees.

ELGA Credit Union

Genesee County Parks

Mass Transportation Authority

Regional Medical Imaging (RMI)

Small Business Award — Any company with less than 50 employees.

The Content Effect

Flint Comix & Entertainment

Global Treatment Solutions

Park Place Hair Studio

Peerless Mattress Co.

Rynelle Walker Photography/Studio 18

Steady Eddy’s Café

Minority Owned Business Award — Any minority owned business in the community.

Chica’s Fitness

Elite Career Solutions

Trion Solutions

Nonprofit Impact Award — Any charity, church or nonprofit making great strides to positively impact any facet of the Flint and Genesee community.

Communities First, Inc.

Flint Unity Farming Project

Forge Flint

Foster Closet of Genesee County

GearUp 2 Lead

My Dreams Do Come True

WOW Outreach/Kenyetta Dotson

Young Professional Leader Award — Any young professional 35 or younger making great strides to benefit their company and/or the community.

Amber Taylor, Purves Construction

DeWaun Robinson, Artistic Visions

Glenn Wilson, Communities First, Inc.

Marcus Bieth, Flint T-Shirts

Sarha Sellers, Hashtaglunchbag-Flint

Yasmin Ladha, C&L Ward

Mackenzie Benson, Alexis Kiefer, Molly Moerman & Taylor Twohig, Genesee Intermediate School District (GISD) Dream and Discover Initiative

Claire M. White Award — Honoring a woman working for the betterment of Flint & Genesee in community, career or someone else’s life.

Laura Sorenson, SageLink Credit Union

Jackie Mason, Mid- Michigan AMBUCS

Crystal Dillard, Flint Cultural Center

Essence Wilson, Communities First, Inc.

Kristy Cantleberry, KellerWilliams Realty

Dr. Nicole Wax

Amy McMillan, Genesee County Parks

Melanie Zaucha, RMI

The following companies and individuals are nominees in the hospitality category:

Hotel of the Year — This award recognizes a Genesee County hotel for its outstanding service, comfort and attention to hotel guests, providing an excellent overall experience.

Best Western Flint Airport Inn & Suites

Comfort Inn Grand Blanc

Courtyard Flint/Grand Blanc

Flint Residence Inn Marriott

Holiday Inn Express Flint – Campus Area

Holiday Inn Gateway Centre

Super 8 Miller Road/Airport

Wingate by Wyndham

Restaurant of the Year

Churchill’s Food & Spirits

La Familia Morales

The Cork on Saginaw

The Lunch Studio

In addition, the Chamber will present several special honors, including the Gloria J. DeHart Award, Hospitality Ambassador Award, Frontline Ambassador Award and Community Champion Award.

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