The Artistry of Achievement



‘Tis the season for recognizing excellence. As such, I’d like you to take a few moments to consider our community of Flint & Genesee. Our community’s livability and resilience. Our hospitality. And our people.

Think’ about the businesses that you patronize 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. And, of course, don’t overlook the many wonderful nonprofit organizations – our churches and charities and other groups that are doing yeoman’s work in helping to meet the various needs of our residents.

And while you’re at it, ask yourselves this: Which community and business leaders stand out in your mind as trailblazers and for having made a positive and inclusive impact in Flint & Genesee? Maybe they’re older and more experienced in their professions; maybe they’re up-and-coming, still in their 20s and 30s, establishing a foundation for success.

Lastly, when friends and family come to visit, which hotels and restaurants, and which entertainment venues sit atop your list of recommendations? We are fortunate because there are plenty to choose from and the list continues to grow.

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.

Presented annually by the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce and the Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Art of Achievement Award honors excellence and community leadership in the areas of business and hospitality. Nominations are open now, and can be submitted online at through Oct. 20.

There are a total of 13 awards: CEO Business; Small Business; Minority-Owned Business; Claire M. White; Young Professional Leader; Nonprofit Impact; Gloria J. DeHart; Hospitality Ambassador; Frontline Ambassador; Restaurant of the Year; Hotel of the Year; Community Champion; and Entertainment Venue of the Year, which is new for 2017.

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 other words, achievement entails a certain amount artistry. And it’s partially for that reason that the evening awards ceremony is held at the illustrious Flint Institute of Arts.

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.

The Art of Achievement is a community wide celebration of the accomplishments that are helping to move Flint & Genesee forward. I encourage your participation. As stated previously, nominations are open.

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

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