Barrington chamber honors Conquer Award recipients

The Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce has announced its 2021 Board Leadership and Conquer Awards recipients, who will be honored in a streaming event from 5-6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28.

The awards program will also conclude the chamber's Virtual Silent Auction Fundraiser, which began Monday, Jan. 18. The proceeds from the online auction will support BACC's Lauren Brown Memorial Scholarship Fund, as well as programming and resources for small business and Main Street retailers.

The public is welcome to register for free at to view the BACC 2021 Conquer Awards Program and bid or donate at the BACC Virtual Silent Auction going on now.

"After coming off this pandemic year, it seemed appropriate to celebrate those businesses and organizations that stood tall, embraced the challenges of the year and persevered," said Suzanne Corr, BACC president/CEO.

"Our Conquer Awards celebrate stories of courage, innovation and determination. The 2021 recipients were selected by our membership."

The 2021 BACC Conquer Awards Recipients are:

• Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital and Amita Health, in recognition of local health care professionals who are the first line of impact and defense against the pandemic.

• Barrington Transportation Company, which utilized its staff and buses to deliver hundreds of meals, prepared by Barrington Children's Charities, to local families experiencing food insecurity.

• Barrington Youth & Family Services, for creating online programming and resources to help with the growing demand by youth, families, and individuals for social services during the pandemic.

• L.A.N. Office Furnishings, which re-imagined their product line and sales approach to meet the needs of a remote workforce amid COVID concerns.

• NeoTeca, Inc., a restaurant that developed a product to help other restaurants distance their seating and revised their menus to include take-home pizza kits for family fun.

• The Club at Wynstone, which represents an industry offering one of the few outdoor activities that remained accessible during the pandemic, but under complicated and restrictive safety rules. Many golf outings were postponed, rescheduled, modified, and finally conquered.

BACC will also officially recognize its 2021 board of directors during the virtual streaming event.

"Established 52 years ago, our chamber has focused on providing value and opportunity, building community partnerships, and creating a prosperous local economy," Corr said.

"We've also had to pivot in many ways, and our 2021 board consists of business and community leaders who will support and guide our membership throughout the coming year."

The 2021 BACC Board includes:

Executive committee members: Andrea Herran, Focus HR Consulting, chairman; Doug McAllister, Douglas Automotive, Inc., first vice chairman; Jen Frey, Good Shepherd Hospital Health & Fitness Center, second vice chairwoman; Jon Stickney, Barrington Bank & Trust, treasurer; and Keith Hanson, Hanson Law Group LLP, past chairman.

Board of directors: Amber Luczak, Edward Jones; Robert Finley, Virtue Asset Management; Dr. Reinhold Llerena, Amita; Ellaine Sambo-Reyther, BMO Harris Barrington Private Bank; Zach Witt, Ilumen Solar; Norm May, Full Service Office Solutions, Inc.; Bryan McGonigal, McGonigal's Pub; and Jennifer Prell, Elderwerks/Paxem; Dennis Kelly, FGMK Insurance Agency, Inc.; and Tom Cramer, Wintrust Mortgage.

BACC Advisory Council: Michele E. Smith, Harper College; Scott Anderson, village of Barrington; and Robert (Bob) Palmer, village of South Barrington.

The BACC,, founded in 1969, is an association of nearly 900 member businesses representing more than 1,800 businesspeople dedicated to the success and prosperity of the 11 regional communities it serves: Barrington, Barrington Hills, Deer Park, Inverness, Kildeer, Lake Barrington, Long Grove, North Barrington, Port Barrington, South Barrington and Tower Lakes.

BACC promotes economic opportunities, aggressively markets the business community, advocates the interests of business, offers programs for professional development and leadership, and works to foster a robust regional economy.

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