FOND DU LAC, Wis. –
Marian University will hold its 32nd annual Business &
Industry awards dinner at Marian’s Stayer Center for Technology & Executive
Learning on Tuesday, November 12. Presentation of six awards will follow a
reception at 5:45 p.m. and dinner.
The Entrepreneur of the Year in Retail
award will be presented to Kelley Country Creamery. Kelley Country Creamery is
located on a 200 acre farmstead dairy where 65 Holsteins provide Grade A milk
for the creamery. Kelley Country Creamery has experienced great success,
especially as they were voted Wisconsin’s best ice cream parlor by USA Today in
2010 and were named America’s best ice cream by Good Morning America this past
The Entrepreneur of the Year in Service award will be presented to
Brownboots Interactive. Brownboots Interactive began focusing on website
development nearly a decade ago, but since then has expanded into a full service
marketing agency. Some of their clients include National Exchange Bank &
Trust, Kohler Company, Mercury Marine and Michels Corporation.
Economic Development award will be presented to Manitowoc Tool and Machining.
Established over four decades ago, Manitowoc Tool and Machining is an industry
leader recognized worldwide for superior production machining and unmatched
The Special Achievement award will be presented to Curt
Kindschuh of Drunk Busters of America. Kindschuh, a 1984 graduate of Marian
University, started Drunk Busters of America nearly 19 years ago. He is the
designer and patent holder for Drunk Busters Impairment Goggles, used worldwide
in the fight to stop impaired driving. He and his staff have now worked with
over 15,000 customers in 72 countries.
The George Becker Business Spirit
award is given to an individual, company, charitable organization or civic group
whose good business practices benefit the community, either through the ways
they do business or through the recipients’ contribution to the community. It is
named for George Becker, former president of Giddings & Lewis and a member
of Marian’s Board of Trustees.
This year’s recipient of the George Becker
Spirit award is Mike Shannon, owner of Mike Shannon Automotive, parent company
of Holiday Automotive. This past summer, the company was named one of the Best
Dealerships to Work For by Automotive News. Mike Shannon Automotive was a 2012
United Way pacesetter. Shannon has served as chairperson of the Fond du Lac
Catholic Education System (FACES) School Board.
The Business &
Industry awards dinner helps raise money for scholarships for students in the
Marian University School of Business & Public Safety. For more information about the 2013 Business
and Industry Awards, contact Kathy
Gellings, director Advancement Services, at (920) 923-7613 or at