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Chamber honors Entrepreneurs of Excellence

April 20, 2017
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Rob Riegler
Rob Riegler. Courtesy Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce

A chamber of commerce in the region has named 11 Entrepreneurs of Excellence for their innovation and impact on the community.

The Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual E-Awards luncheon yesterday at Muskegon Country Club to celebrate the spirit of entrepreneurship along the lakeshore.

At the event, the chamber selected Rob Riegler, owner of Lakeside Surfaces, as the 2017 Outstanding Entrepreneur out of the 11 honorees.

A representative from the chamber said a committee of past Entrepreneurs of Excellence selected Riegler, because he “rose to the top. His business started in his garage, and his new facility is opening this week at 2265 Black Creek Rd. off Sherman Boulevard.”

The chamber cited Riegler’s business health as a factor in his selection, as well as his hiring practices for Lakeside Service’s 129 full-time employees and the community involvement he fosters as part of the company culture.

“What’s unique about Lakeside Services is they have a committee that selects charities to donate to, and they’ve created a way for employees to select other charities or projects they feel passionate about, so the company can get involved and donate to those smaller projects as well,” the chamber said.

Past Entrepreneur of Excellence Kathleen Riegler, founder of The Cheese Lady, spoke at the event.

E-Awards

The Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce has recognized outstanding entrepreneurs each year since 1982.

Award recipients are chosen by a committee comprised of past entrepreneur award winners.

Entrepreneurs of Excellence

John McIntyre and Besty McIntyre, Anderson Global

Ed Babbitt, Babbitt’s Sports Center

John Essex, CORE Realty

Denise Kanaar, D & D Logistics

Ed Dombrowski, Industrial Metal Cleaning Corporation

Rob Riegler, Lakeside Surfaces

David Bayne, Muskegon Awning & Fabrication

David Ramos, Ramos & Sons Body Shop

Craig Hindes, Scott Meats

Randy Mulder, SERVPRO of Muskegon

Kristi Kettler, Sparrow Boutique

The chamber

The Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce is the business membership organization of the Muskegon lakeshore.

It represents about 1,200 organizations.

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