Free Enterprise Award

Save the Date for our 41st Annual Free Enterprise Award Dinner to be held on May 6, 2024 at the Radisson Hotel & Conference Center Green Bay.

The annual Free Enterprise Award banquet honors a business and community leader. Started in 1983, this has become a coveted award for community leaders. This event also serves as the primary fundraiser for the Rotary Foundation of Green Bay.

Over the last 16 years, the Green Bay Rotary Foundation has distributed over $1,100,000 in funds back to our community. This includes all aspects of our distribution process, such as FEA, scholarships, and grants. The FEA component of this from the last eight years is over $650,000.

We hope you’ll join us Monday, May 6, 2024 to honor our award recipient and celebrate our charity partner!

FEA Nomination

The Rotary Club of Green Bay and the Rotary Foundation of Green Bay, Inc. are seeking nominations for a worthy candidate from the Green Bay business community for the 2024 Free Enterprise Award. We have four questions as to why this person should be considered. These include:

  1. How has the nominee demonstrated leadership at their place of business and within their industry?
  2. How has this nominee’s conduct reflected the tenets of the Rotary 4 Way Test?
  3. How has the nominee expressed a sense of service and commitment to the community that enables their employees to volunteer and grow the community?
  4. What additional factors should we consider?

Click the button below to download a nomination form. Completed nominations should be emailed to paulma@immelconstruction.com. Nominations should be returned no later than Wednesday, January 17th, 2024.

Nomination Form

Previous Award Recipients

2023 – Kate Burgess & Tom Burgess – Elevate97
2022 – Chris Woleske – Bellin Health
2021 – Mark Murphy – Green Bay Packers
2019 – Craig Dickman – Breakthrough/TitletownTech
2018 – Michael Haddad – Schreiber Foods
2017 – William “Red” Lewis – PDQ Car Wash
2016 – William F. Kress – Green Bay Packaging
2015 – Susan Finco – Leonard and Finco Public Relations Inc.
2014 – Mark McMullen – Associated Bank
2013 – Tim Weyenberg – Foth
2012 – Mark Skogen – Festival Foods
2011 – Terry Fulwiler – WS Packaging Group
2010 – Rick Chernick – Camera Corner Connecting Point
2009 – Robert “Bob” Gallagher – Associated Bank Corp.
2008 – George Kerwin – Bellin Health Systems, Inc.
2007 – Larry Ferguson – Schreiber Foods, Inc.
2006 – Timothy Howald – Tweet/Garot Mechanical, Inc.
2005 – Larry Weyers – WPS Resources Corporation
2004 – Frank A. Wood – Green Bay News Chronicle
2003 – John C. “Jack” Meng – Schreiber Foods, Inc.
2002 – James F. Kress – Green Bay Packaging
2001 – Carl W. Kuehne – American Foods Group
2000 – Harry B. “Nick” Conlon – Associated Bank Corp.
1999 – K.C. Stock – KCS International, Stock Lumber Co.
1998 – James Madigan – FEECO International
1997 – Leo Frigo – Frigo Cheese, Paul’s Pantry
1996 – Don DeMeuse – Fort Howard
1995 – Louis Konop – Konop Vending
1994 – Robert Bush – Schreiber Foods, Inc.
1993 – Robert Harlan – Green Bay Packers
1992 – Donald Schneider – Schneider National
1991 – Ron Weyers & Wally Hilliard – American Medical Security
1990 – Donald Long – Imperial, Inc.
1989 – Steve Van Dyke – Foth & Van Dyke
1988 – Frederick Baer – Paper Converting Machine Co.
1987 – Paul Ziemer – Wisconsin Public Service
1986 – Phil Hendrickson – Krueger International
1985 – John “Jake” Rose – Associated Kellogg Bank
1984 – Merlin Bush – Schreiber Foods, Inc.
1983 – George Kress – Green Bay Packaging