Business of the Year

Presented annually to a business for its longevity in the community, positive impact on the local economy, contributions to the community's well being, their concern for the well being of its employees, and support of the chamber. 

  • 1982 - The Gerstenslager Company
  • 1983 - The Financial Community
  • 1984 - H. Freedlander Company
  • 1985 - Rubbermaid Incorporated
  • 1986 - The Wooster Brush Company
  • 1987 - The College of Wooster
  • 1988 - The Daily Record
  • 1989 - William Annat Company
  • 1990 - Wooster Area Chamber of Commerce
  • 1991 - Wayne County National Bank
  • 1992 - OARDC
  • 1993 - Wayne Steel
  • 1994 - LuK USA
  • 1995 - Buehler's Food Market
  • 1996 - Wooster Office Plus
  • 1997 - The Gerstenslager Company
  • 1998 - Signal Bank
  • 1999 - Buckeye Container
  • 2000 - Bogner Construction Company
  • 2001 - Seaman Corporation
  • 2002 - Wooster Glass Company
  • 2003 - Akron Brass Company
  • 2004 - Magni-Power Company
  • 2005 - Critchfield, Critchfield & Johnston
  • 2006 - United Titanium
  • 2007 - Western Reserve Group
  • 2008 - Wayne Savings Community Bank
  • 2009 - D + S Distribution
  • 2010 - Campbell Construction
  • 2011 - Wooster Community Hospital
  • 2012 - Sprenger Health Care Systems
  • 2013 - Wayne Insurance Group
  • 2014 - Frito Lay
  • 2015 - Certified Angus Beef
  • 2016 - Pallotta Ford Lincoln
  • 2017 - Tekfor USA
  • 2018 - Schaeffler

Jack O'Donnell Award

Presented annually to an individual in memory of former Chamber President, Jack O'Donnell. In recognition of his or her contributions to the community through volunteerism, enthusiasm, and love for Wooster. 

  • 2000 - Jerri O'Donnell
  • 2000 - Daryl Perrine
  • 2001 - Bill Cross
  • 2002 - Rev. Leroy Adams
  • 2002 - Ron Holtman
  • 2003 - Viola Startzman
  • 2004 - Major Mary West
  • 2005 - Dick Stull
  • 2006 - Margo Broehl
  • 2007 - Don Noble II
  • 2008 - Chris Schmid
  • 2009 - Gil Ning
  • 2010 - Lynn Moomaw
  • 2011 - Lud Huck
  • 2012 - Mike Pallotta
  • 2013 - Lydia Thompson
  • 2014 - Peggy Schmitz
  • 2015 - Robyn McClintock
  • 2016 - Chad Boreman
  • 2017 - Robert Gorman
  • 2018 - Scott Allen

Mike Lezak Award

Presented annually to an individual in memory of former Chamber President, Mike Lezak. In recognition of his or her contributions as a Chamber volunteer by actively participating on committees and activities. 

  • 2008 - Debi Schneider-Howland
  • 2009 - Al Chenevey
  • 2010 - Ferenc Relle
  • 2011 - Stephanie Campbell
  • 2012 - Christy Hoffman
  • 2013 - Jeff Smith
  • 2014 - Stacy Rottman
  • 2015 - Robin LaRue-Beasley
  • 2016 - Trent Mullett
  • 2017 - Rodd Welker
  • 2018 - Ashley Hershberger

Board of Director's Award

Presented annually to an individual or company who has made significant contributions to the Chamber and Community throughout the years. 

  • 1996 - Performance Pontiac
  • 1997 - Pajak, Darcy
  • 1997 - Burnett, Deborah
  • 1998 - Filippi, Mike
  • 1998 - Packard, Ken
  • 1998 - Ries, Steve
  • 2000 - Rea & Associates
  • 2000 - Baird, Jean
  • 2001 - Main Street Wooster Inc.
  • 2001 - WEDC
  • 2002 - J. Baker Building Company
  • 2002 - The Daily Record
  • 2003 - The City of Wooster
  • 2003 - College of Wooster
  • 2003 - Sprenger Health Care Centers
  • 2004 - WCSCC
  • 2004 - Pallotta Ford Lincoln Mercury
  • 2005 - Long, Cook & Samsa
  • 2006 - D + S Distribution
  • 2006 - Murr Printing & Graphics
  • 2007 - Clear Picture Inc.
  • 2008 - Embarq
  • 2009 - RE Miller Insurance Agency
  • 2010 - PNC Bank
  • 2011 - The Apple Creek Banking Company
  • 2012 - MetroMedia Technologies
  • 2013 - First National Bank
  • 2014 - The University of Akron Wayne College
  • 2015 - CenturyLink
  • 2016 - The Commercial & Savings Bank
  • 2017 - Wayne Savings Community Bank
  • 2018 - MCTV

Leadership Wooster Distinguished Alumni Award

Presented annually to a graduate of the Leadership Wooster program who exemplifies the essence of leadership. Selection criteria include leadership roles the nominee has held, organizations participated in, and significant contributions that have been made to enhance the quality of life in the Wooster Area. 

  • 2007 - Jeff Griffin
  • 2008 - Rodd Welker
  • 2009 - Judy Delaney
  • 2010 - Kieth Cornelius
  • 2011 - Mary Alice Streeter
  • 2012 - John Veney
  • 2013 - Mike O'Donnell
  • 2014 - Dr. Alan Kiefer
  • 2015 - Drs. Chad & Steph Bailey
  • 2016 - John Crum
  • 2017 - Scott Rotolo
  • 2018 - Ron Nagy

WorthyWorks Award

Presented annually to a local 501(c)3 not-for-profit in recognition of its long lasting commitment to the quality of life in the community and active contributions to the betterment of the community. 

  • 2011 - Every Woman's House
  • 2012 - Goodwill Industries of Wayne & Holmes Counties
  • 2013 - Quota International of Wooster
  • 2014 - The Counseling Center of Wayne & Holmes County
  • 2015 - Wayne County Humane Society
  • 2016 - Wayne County Habitat for Humanity
  • 2017 - Christian Children's Home of Ohio
  • 2018 - Wayne County Children's Advocacy Center