Geneseo Chamber announces award winners

Claudia Loucks
Geneseo Deputy Chief Gene Karzin, third from left, was named Volunteer of the Year at the annual Chamber dinner. With Karzin in the photo are, from left, Brandon Maeglin, Geneseo City Administrator; Geneseo Police Chief Casey Disterhoft; and Geneseo Mayor Sean Johnson

Excellence in the business community was recognized at this year’s Geneseo Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner held at Lavender Crest Winery in Colona.

Zack Sullivan, executive director of the Geneseo Chamber of Commerce, referred to the evening as a “successful evening of networking celebration, reflection and anticipation moving forward.”

There were approximately 180 guests at the recent event and awards were presented.

The Business Person of the Year Award went to Shelly Hickerson, third from left, employed at Blackhawk Bank & Trust. With Hickerson in the photo are, from left, Chris Lemon, Gerry Huiskamp, Jim Huiskamp and Jennifer West.

“Geneseo has so much to be proud of,” Sullivan said. “The results we see today come from the hard work of so many incredible people, businesses ad organizations in Geneseo.”

In addition to the announcement of the award winners, Sullivan also unveiled a video trailer for its next big project, titled “Unphazed.”

The project is a documentary that captures Geneseo’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic, and is scheduled to be released in the summer of 2023.

“The documentary is being produced with the help of Dalcon Todd Productions,” Sullivan said. “The Geneseo Chamber is currently fundraising to pay for the project.”

Anyone interested in learning more about the project is asked to contact the Chamber at 309-944-2686 or by email at

Sullivan also expressed appreciation to Lavender Crest for hosting the annual dinner and to Allure of Geneseo as the event sponsor.

Andy Moore received the Beautification Award for his help in renovating the former Alexander Lumber Company which has been transformed into a structure that answers the needs for today’s modern work force. Exchange St. Works, at 219 East Exchange St. in Geneseo, is now a building that offers modern office spaces and also houses a second location of Geneseo Child Care.
Scott Freeman, who owns and operates Midwest Best Detail in Geneseo, received the Chamber’s Rising Star Award.
The Business of the Year Award went to Central Bank and bank employees in the photo are, from left, Mark Mosbarger, Joe Wells, Kris Klavon, Jane Noyd, April Davis and Garett Prusha.