by Keith Beebe
ELBURN—The Elburn Chamber of Commerce at its Winter Dinner on Feb. 19 named Bill Brauer as the Member of the Year. Brauer, current vice president and regional market manager of American Bank and Trust, served as Elburn Chamber Board president in 2009 and 2010.
The Elburn Chamber also named Paisano’s Pizza and Grill as the Business of the Year.
“It’s a wonderful feeling to be nominated and then selected by your peers,” Brauer said. “It’s quite a thrill and quite an honor, and I am humbled by it.”
In addition to his two years as chamber president, Brauer had been on the Chamber Board nearly five years and occupied several positions, including treasurer.
“A lot of the stuff we do is volunteer work, and it’s nice to be recognized. Hopefully we’re making a difference.”
According to Winter Dinner committee member Kristen Damolaris, the voting process for Member and Business of the Year begins with the Winter Dinner committee asking the Elburn chamber members who they would like to nominate for the two awards. Once finalized, the nominations are listed on the Winter Dinner and Silent Auction invitations.
“We get the votes back from the (chamber) members, and then we tally the votes to find the winners of the Business and Member of the Year,” Damolaris said. “Both winners have strong ties to the community and have either participated on multiple committees and/or held various Chamber Board positions.”
The Winter Dinner was held at Mill Creek Golf Club in Geneva. Proceeds from the event benefit the Elburn Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Fund for Kaneland High School. Two $1,000 scholarships will be awarded later this spring.