2022 Celebration of Excellence

Thursday, November 17, 2022 (5:00 PM - 9:00 PM) (CST)


We invite you to 'Team Up' with us and Widseth this November for the 2022 Celebration of Excellence, our largest signature event of the year for our 1,000+ members! We are thrilled to celebrate our business award winners and their accomplishments. Also receiving recognition will be our 2022 Leadership Experience graduates. Gather your crew and RSVP to reserve your seat or table. 

Unite your team as we celebrate the 2022 business award winners at our biggest night of the year!


Kavanaugh's Sylvan Lake Resort: The Epitome of 'TEAM'

The Brainerd Lakes Chamber and Cub Foods are excited to present the 4th Lakes Proud Small Business of the Year Award to Kavanaugh’s Sylvan Lake Resort! This year’s Celebration of Excellence theme is ‘Team Up’ and the family of Kavanaugh’s Sylvan Lake Resort are true examples of the definition for the word team. The four Kavanaugh brothers, John, Mark, Dave and Tom, work together daily to ensure business excellence and service to their guests.


LINDAR / Avantech / TRI-VEN: A Family Dynasty

Joining the list of legendary Business Excellence Award winners is LINDAR / Avantech / TRI-VEN! They will be recognized for their leadership, innovation, employee investment and community service. Hy-Tec Construction is proud to sponsor the Business Excellence Award, which will be presented during the Brainerd Lakes Chamber’s premier event of the year!


Bob Spizzo: Drive & Determination

The crowning glory for the Celebration of Excellence will be the presentation of the Business Legacy Award by the Brainerd Lakes Chamber and RiverWood Bank to Bob Spizzo! Developer, visionary and owner of Breezy Point Resort, Bob Spizzo began his journey in 1977. Bob joined Whitebirch, Inc. as a sales person to develop and market 3,000 residential acres surrounding Breezy Point Resort. It was his drive, determination and commitment that presented him the opportunity to go from sales to ownership of the resort in 1981.


Graduation of the Blue Ox Business Academy Leadership Experience Class of 2022

Inducted into the Blue Ox Business Academy's Leadership Experience Hall of Fame will be the Class of 2022. The Leadership Experience is a ten month program (11 full days) that is designed for emerging leaders and high-potential employees to develop essential skills and insights into their leadership character. The Brainerd Lakes Chamber is proud to have 498 graduates from the Leadership program that originated in 1999. Several of our alumni have grown and developed into some of our area's most influential leaders!

Join us in celebrating this year's Leadership Experience Class of 2022: Kate Adornetto, Central Lakes College; Nicole Anderson, Lexington Manufacturing; Sara Armstrong, Deerwood Bank; Amy Baratto, LINDAR Corporation; Jillian Barrett, Avantech; Kevin Bartolic, Hy-Tec Construction; Alex Bitter, Widseth; Leah Boedigheimer, Sourcewell; Stephanie Bowen, Brainerd Zip Line Tour; Rebecca Davis, Central Lakes College; Bruce Domino, Hunt Utilities Group; Donna Houchin, Brainerd Lakes Chamber; Anthony Giammona, Doherty Staffing Solutions; Steve Gilbert, CTC; Jon Goerges, Pequot Manufacturing; Joby Goerges, Magnum Research; Mary Elizabeth Gonzalez, Lakeland Veterinary Hospital; Brynn Haglin, Simplified Notions; Mitch Hecker, Nor-Son Construction; Lisa Heittola, CTC; Peggy Jensen, Mid-Minnesota Federal Credit Union; Drey Loge, Waste Partners; Kaylene Madsen, Lakewood Health System; Laura Moser, Geek2Go; Nathan Noyes, Anderson Brothers Construction; Jackie Pachall, RiverWood Bank; Allison Potvin, CliftonLarsonAllen; James Roepke, RiverWood Bank; Rebecca Rowe, North Central SBDC; BJ Schaumburg, Pequot Manufacturing; Alyssa Shane, Crow Wing County; Adam Siemers, Widseth; Dave Thomes, Nor-Son; Mike Tollefson, Clow Stamping Company; Doug Tulenchik, Anderson Brothers Construction; and Mariah White, US Bank.

Table & Seating Options

MVP TABLE ($1250; 10 available)

  • Prime seating for 8 at a reserved table up front
  • Plated dinners for 8
  • Funds help support our LakesPROUD regional movement

CHAMPION TABLE ($950; 16 available)

  • Reserved table for 8 in the middle
  • Plated dinners for 8


  • Reserved table for 8
  • Plated dinners for 8


  • Reserved seating for 1
  • Plated dinner

Add a Bottle of Wine to Your Table ($50)

What to Wear
More information coming soon.

Event Schedule
5:00 - 6:00 PM

  • Social Hour
    • Cash Bar 
    • Professional Photos by TBD

6:15 - 8:30 PM

  • Celebration of Excellence, Sponsored by Widseth
  • Blue Ox Business Academy Leadership Graduation 
  • Recognition of volunteers, committees, and retiring board members
  • Plated Dinner
    • 3 Course Meal
  • Welcome
  • Lakes Proud Small Business of the Year Award Presentation, Sponsored by Cub Foods
  • Business Excellence Award Presentation, Sponsored by Hy-Tec Construction
  • Business Legacy Award Presentation, Sponsored by RiverWood Bank

About the Awards

The Brainerd Lakes Chamber will present three awards at its ninth-annual Celebration of Excellence on November 17th - the traditional Business Excellence Award, which goes to an outstanding local business, the Business Legacy Award, which celebrates individual lifetime achievements as well as community and economic contributions and the Lakes Proud Small Business of the Year Award which will recognize a small business that personifies the spirit of entrepreneurship in the Brainerd Lakes Area!

For all three awards, a nomination/application process was announced in April 2022. After the deadline passed at the end of May, an eleven-member volunteer selection committee independently scored and discussed each applicant before choosing the recipients.

Photo gallery from the 2021 Celebration of Excellence - 'All that Glitters'




MVP TABLE: $1250 (10 available)

  • Prime seating for 8 at a reserved table up front
  • Plated dinners for 8
  • Funds help support our Lakes Proud regional campaign

CHAMPION TABLE: $950 (16 available)

  • Reserved table for 8 in the middle
  • Plated dinners for 8


  • Reserved table for 8
  • Plated dinners for 8


  • Reserved seating for 1
  • Plated dinner

Add a Bottle of Wine to your Table: $50

Cragun's Resort on Gull Lake
11000 Cragun's Drive
Brainerd, MN 56401 United States
Cragun's Resort on Gull Lake
Sports Centre
11000 Cragun's Drive
Brainerd, MN 56401

Event Contact
Sue Galligan
(218) 822-7119
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