Flint & Genesee Chamber, CVB applaud excellence



I t’s nearly time for the Art of Achievement Awards that are sponsored by the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce and the Flint & Genesee Convention and Visitors Bureau; and, I hope that you are as excited as I am.

The awards present a great opportunity to applaud business and community leaders and hospitality professionals who have raised the level of their leadership, performance and customer service to an art form in Flint & Genesee.

The Art of Achievement Awards honor excellence and community leadership in the areas of business and hospitality. Nominations are open now, and can be submitted online at flintandgenesee.org/artof achievement-awards through October 16.

We call it “Art of Achievement” because there are often qualitative factors that drive accomplishment and exemplary stewardship, in addition to the usual quantitative measures of success. In short, achievement usually entails a certain amount of artistry. (It is partially for that reason that the annual awards’ ceremony is held at the Flint Institute of Arts. This year on November 7.)

At the same time, it’s been said that art is in the eye of the beholder. That’s why your input is so important in the selection process. We want to know what you see in our community that is noteworthy and outstanding. Because knowing what works – and what works well, in particular – will help keep us all on task and attentive to our community’s reputation and aspirations.

So, I ask you 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. There are also many outstanding nonprofit organizations – churches and charities and other groups – that are doing so much to help meet the various needs of our residents.

Pause a moment to consider the community and business leaders who are foremost in making a positive and inclusive impact in Flint & Genesee. Maybe they’re older and more experienced in their professions; maybe they’re emerging talents, still in their 20s and 30s, building a foundation for success and lifelong community involvement.

And which hotels, restaurants and entertainment venues sit atop your list of recommendations for a night on the town or when you are hosting outof town visitors?

Once you’ve compiled your own personal list of who’s who in Flint & Genesee, share it with the community by nominating those individuals and/or organizations for an Art of Achievement Award. There are 14 honors, in all: CEO Business Award; Small Business Award; Minority-Owned Business Award; Claire M. White Award; Young Professional Leader Award; Nonprofit Impact Award; Gloria J. DeHart Award; Hospitality Ambassador Award; Frontline Ambassador Award; Restaurant of the Year; Hotel of the Year; Community Champion Award; Entertainment Venue of the Year; and Certified Tourism Ambassador Award. The nomination criteria is available at flintandgenesee.org/artof achievement-awards.

The Art of Achievement Awards Ceremony is a community-wide celebration of the accomplishments that are helping to move Flint & Genesee forward. I encourage your participation. As I said, nominations are open now. And please visit flintandgenesee.org/newsroom on Nov. 8 to read about the 2019 Art of Achievement winners.

Tim Herman is the CEO of the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce.