Family Business First - Welcome Supporting Local Family Businesses
Share this event:

The Family Business First Initiative of Northeast Wisconsin exists to support and recognize family businesses in our area. At First Business, we believe family businesses are the backbone of Northeast Wisconsin. With these views in mind we have created an annual awards event to recognize family businesses and created a series of workshops to support family businesses.

FAMILY BUSINESS FIRST AWARDS

First Business is proud to sponsor an annual awards ceremony to recognize family businesses that are making a difference in Northeast Wisconsin. Our 3rd annual awards ceremony will be held on April 27, 2015 at the 19th Annual Wisconsin Family Business Forum Celebration.

The 2014 Family Business First Awards event was held on June 25. At the event we named 4 new businesses into the Family Business First Hall of Fame: Broadway Automotive, Sonex Aircraft, LLC, Sure-Dry Basement Systems, Inc. ,and Times Printing Co. Inc. During the awards program keynote Speaker Drew Mendoza kicked off our workshop series with a presentation on "Family Business Continuity: Lessons Learned".


2014 Award Winners

Broadway Automotive

Broadway Automotive
Founded in 1916, Broadway Automotive is headquartered in Green Bay, Wisconsin. With 411 employees, this family business is run by two third generation brothers David and Michael Cuene and their cousin Casey Cuene.

Sonex Aircraft

Sonex Aircraft, LLC
Founded in 1997, Sonex Aircraft is headquartered in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. With 16 employees this family business is in its second generation led by President, John Monnett and CEO, Jeremy Monnett.

Sure-Dry Basement Systems, Inc.

Sure-Dry Basement Systems, Inc.
Founded in 1994, Sure-Dry Basement Systems is headquartered in Menasha, Wisconsin and employs 32 staff members. This family business is in its first generation run by President and CEO, Doug Newhouse and three other family members, Jenny, Rebekah, Doug Jr. Newhouse.

Times Printing Co. Inc.

Times Printing Co. Inc.
Founded in 1930, Times Printing Co. Inc. is headquartered in Random Lake, Wisconsin and employs 306 staff members. This family business is in its third generation run by President and CEO, Jack Scholler and Principal Owners, Ray Scholler, Judy Mueller, Jean Vetter, Jim Scholler.



ABOUT THE INITIATIVE

The Family Business First Initiative of Northeast Wisconsin exists to support and recognize family businesses in our area. At First Business, we believe family businesses are the backbone of Northeast Wisconsin. Many of these businesses have a proven track record of success in terms of sales, innovation, economic impact, profits, and employment. And due to the nature of being a family business, many believe strongly in giving back to the communities in which they live. The Family Business First Initiative was put in place to show the support of First Business and to help family business succeed.

Family Business First - Call for Nominations 2013 AWARD WINNERS

First Business is proud to sponsor an annual awards ceremony to recognize family businesses that are making a difference in Northeast Wisconsin. Last year’s winners included: McClone, Boldt, and Wisconsin Space, Inc.

McClone

McClone
Founded in 1949, McClone is headquartered in Menasha, WI and employs 105 staff members. McClone is a family business currently led by the second and third generation of the McClone family, and employs 11 family members. The President & CEO is Mike McClone, with Principal Owners: Michael McClone, Daniel McClone, Patrick McClone, Brian McClone, Ryan McClone, Michaela Brenn, and Dustin McClone

Boldt

Boldt
Founded 1889, Boldt is headquartered in Appleton, WI. With 1,631 employees, this family business is run by two fourth generation Boldt family members. The President & CEO is Thomas J. Boldt, with Principal Owners: Oscar Boldt, Thomas Boldt, and Michelle Gawinski.

Wisconsin Spice

Wisconsin Spice, Inc.
Founded in 1973, Wisconsin Spice is located in Berlin, WI. This family business company has 60 employees, including four first and second generation family members. The President & CEO is Phillip Sass, and Principal Owners are: Phillip and Beth Sass.

Family Business First - Nomination Form Call for Nominations

Family Business First - Nomination Form Workshop Topics

Family Business First - Awards Dinner Join our LinkedIn Group