Art of Achievement returns with a new award and venue; nominations are open now

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With the COVID pandemic raging last year, 2020 was nothing short of extraordinary. The disruption was so extensive that we were forced to cancel our annual Art of Achievement Awards, which is capped off with an in-person gala. The event was replaced with Twenty in ’20 to recognize and honor individuals who made exemplary contributions to the overall well-being of Genesee County during a year of unprecedented social and economic upheaval.

Even though the public health emergency hasn’t gone away and certain safety protocols remain in effect, Art of Achievement is back for 2021!

The Art of Achievement Awards present a great opportunity to honor business and community leaders and hospitality professionals in Flint & Genesee that have demonstrated exemplary leadership, performance and/or customer service over the past year.

In addition to applauding business and community leaders, the awards spotlight up-and-coming professionals who are doing terrific, impactful things to move our region as well as hospitality professionals – our local ambassadors, actually – who are integral to promoting Flint & Genesee as a great place to live, work, play and visit.

And this year, we’ve added a new business award – the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Champion. This award will go to a business or organization that has demonstrated leadership in their DEI efforts, including adopting company-wide DEI policies, demonstrating inclusive growth and leadership opportunities for their employees, and/or offering equitable products and services that uplift disadvantaged or underrepresented residents in our community.

Diversity and inclusion are a priority of the Flint & Genesee Group. We also believe it’s an essential goal for the community at-large, a point long overdue and underscored in 2020, and businesses should be a leader in this space.

The DEI Champion will be selected by an internal committee of the Group and presented Nov. 4 at the gala, held this year at Flint’s historic Capitol Theatre, a larger venue that provides additional spacing for COVID protocols.

But your input is requested and needed to help us pick the potential recipients for our other 12 awards, which are: Business Impact Award; Small Business Award; Minority-Owned Business Award; Claire M. White Award; Young Professional Leader Award; Nonprofit Impact Award; Gloria J. DeHart Community Champion; Hotel Ambassador of the Year; Frontline Ambassador of the Year; Restaurant of the Year; Hotel of the Year; and Attraction of the Year. Nominations – open now through Friday, Oct. 15 – can be submitted online at

So, think about the businesses that you frequent as well as those that provide employment for you, a family member or a friend. It may even be a business for which you have no personal connection whatsoever, but you still know that it’s doing great work in and around our region. Consider the many outstanding nonprofit organizations – churches and charities and other groups – that are doing so much to help meet the various needs of our residents. And who, in your opinion, are the community and business leaders who are foremost in making a positive and inclusive impact in Flint & Genesee.

Finally, which hotels, restaurants and attractions do you recommend for a night on the town or a daytime excursion?

Once you’ve compiled your own personal list of who’s who in Flint & Genesee, visit our website at awards to enter your choices.

The Art of Achievement Awards is a community-wide celebration of individual and organizational accomplishments that are helping to move Flint & Genesee forward. I encourage and look forward to your input.

Tim Herman is the CEO of the Flint & Genesee Group.