Citizen of the Year


2016 Citizen of the Year

2015 Citizen of the Year Ryan Sipe giving award to Joyce Emans - 2016 Citizen of the Year.

2015 Citizen of the Year Joyce Emans giving award to Mike Schumm - 2016 Citizen of the Year.

Mike Schumm

Congratulations Mike Schumm on becoming Rockford Chamber of Commerce 2016 Citizen of the Year

Where it all began...

Beginning in 1974, the Rockford Chamber of Commerce has annually recognized as "Citizen of the Year" a person who has made significant community improvement, leadership, and service contributions to the Rockford area over a prolonged period. Purposes of this award are to honor deserving individuals, to encourage community service and volunteerism, and to generate positive publicity for the area. A committee consisting of the three former Citizens of the Year selects the candidates for this honor. The award is made as the highlight of the annual Chamber of Commerce Banquet, held the fourth Thursday of October.

Citizen of the Year Recipients

 

Joyce Ann Price Emans
2015 Citizen of the Year
Ryan Sipe
2014 Citizen of the Year
Mike Bruns
2013 Citizen of the Year
Nancy Leighner
2012 Citizen of the Year
Tom Rogers
2011 Citizen of the Year
Dr. Jerry Sell
2010 Citizen of the Year
Dennis Hecht
2009 Citizen of the Year
Robert Haver
2008 Citizen of the Year
Sandy Schaffner
2007 Citizen of the Year
Robert Thompson
2006 Citizen of the Year
LuAnn Sigler
2005 Citizen of the Year
Martha Baltzell
2004 Citizen of the Year
Tom Williams
2003 Citizen of the Year
Susie Bollenbacher
2002 Citizen of the Year
Homer Hall
2001 Citizen of the Year
Rob Belna
2000 Citizen of the Year
Jeff Long
1999 Citizen of the Year
Bob Beerbower
1998 Citizen of the Year
Mike Riley
1997 Citizen of the Year
Bill Now
1996 Citizen of the Year
Robert Ransbottom
1995 Citizen of the Year
Bob Garman
1994 Citizen of the Year
Barry Peel, Jr.
1993 Citizen of the Year
Deb Gibson
1992 Citizen of the Year
Woody Davis
1991 Citizen of the Year
Norm VanTilburg
1990 Citizen of the Year
Susan Sherrick
1989 Citizen of the Year
Bob Schumm
1988 Citizen of the Year
Marion Caywood
1987 Citizen of The Year
Joan Hall
1986 Citizen of the Year
Vivian Clay
1985 Citizen of The Year
John Smith
1984 Citizen of The Year
Mary Lou Taylor
1983 Citizen of the Year
Dan Henkle
1982 Citizen of the Year
Larry Hopkins
1981 Citizen of the Year
Dorothy Burtch
1980 Citizen of the Year
Stanley Shellabarger
1979 Citizen of the Year
Robert Clay
1978 Citizen of the Year
Wesley Bigham
1977 Citizen of the Year
Ralph Rhoades
1976 Citizen of the Year
Vernon Winkler
1975 Citizen of the Year
Richard Sherrick
1974 Citizen of the Year