#MemberMonday: Constellation Energy

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How many years has your business been in Siouxland? We’ve been serving in the Siouxland area for 20 years.

What services do you offer? Constellation is a natural gas supplier to larger natural gas users. We provide a variety of price types that are customized depending on our customers’ tolerance to risk and budget certainty. Ultimately, it’s about saving costs on natural gas which is one of the top ten expenses most businesses have. We partner with our customers to be their energy expert.

How many years has your business been a member of the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce? We’ve been members since February of 2018 – we should have joined the Chamber years ago!

What do you enjoy most about being a Chamber member? We enjoy the opportunity to grow business through networking. The Chamber has been very helpful in assisting with contacts and services – if you just ask. Also, the Chamber has helped us work with other Chamber members.

What is your favorite Chamber event / memory? We enjoyed the Annual Chamber Dinner last September with keynote speaker, Erik Weihenmayer. We enjoyed the networking, and as an amateur mountaineer I enjoyed meeting Erik.

What is a fun or surprising fact about your company/business? Constellation is owned by Exelon (EXC) a Fortune 100 company. Exelon is involved in every sector of the energy industry.

John Gleeson Recognized with Chamber’s Top Award

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Local Leader Recognized for Business Leadership, Community Service, & Philanthropy

The W. Edwards Deming Business Leadership and Entrepreneurial Excellence Award was presented to local business executive John Gleeson at the 34th Annual Siouxland Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting on Tuesday evening.  Hosted at the Orpheum Theatre in downtown Sioux City, Gleeson was honored for his decades of business leadership, community service, and philanthropy. 

Gleeson serves as the President and CEO of the Klinger Companies, Inc., and represents the third generation of family leadership for the national construction firm.  Upon receiving the honor, Gleeson stated, “I am most appreciative to receive this award this evening. I am very thankful that my grandfather and my parents provided an unparalleled example of a strong commitment to the community.  I also understand the most significant reason for the Klinger Companies’ success for the past 100 years is the outstanding men and women who have been part of this company.”

Gleeson was lauded for his corporate and community leadership, as well as his philanthropy by several leading local executives, including last year’s Deming Award recipient, Doug Palmer, who said, “I’ve been proud to know him as a friend for over 40 years.  He’s just been a terrific person and a terrific asset for Sioux City.”

Security National Bank President and CEO Doug Rice added, “I think of John’s tremendous commitment to philanthropy and the charitable causes, of which there are many, that he has provided his time, talent, and money.  So many have benefitted from John’s efforts.” 

Earlier this year, the Klinger Companies and the Gleeson Family Foundation contributed $1 million dollars to the United Way of Siouxland’s endowment fund.  Heather Hennings, who serves as the Executive Director of the United Way, explained, “When I think about people who have received the Deming Award in the past, John Gleeson definitely fits into this mix.  He’s giving, he’s caring…he really cares, and he shows that.”

Morningside College President John Reynders also praised Gleeson asserting, “Morningside College is a better place because of John Gleeson and Siouxland is a better place.  I can’t think of a better recipient than John Gleeson for the Deming Award.”

The Deming Award is presented annually to an outstanding business executive and exceptional community leader in the tri-state region.  Gleeson joins an exclusive list of past recipients who have been recognized for their entrepreneurial success, business leadership and commitment to Siouxland. 

The W. Edwards Deming Business Leadership & Entrepreneurial Excellence Award is presented in honor of Dr. W. Edwards Deming, a Sioux City native and world-renowned statistician, philosopher and educator.  This award is designed to recognize local business executives who have exhibited outstanding leadership and corporate citizenship, within the Siouxland community, as well as originality, quality, productivity, and performance within the realm of their business.

Dr. W. Edwards Deming Business Leadership & Entrepreneurial Excellence Award

Award Criteria: The W. Edwards Deming Business Leadership & Entrepreneurial Excellence Award is presented in honor of Dr. W. Edwards Deming, a Sioux City native and world-renowned statistician, philosopher and educator.  This award is designed to recognize local business executives who have exhibited outstanding leadership and corporate citizenship, within the Siouxland community, as well as originality, quality, productivity, and performance within the realm of their business.

Recipients

  • 1991 – Ted Waitt, Gateway
  • 1992 – Wrede Smith, American Pop Corn Company
  • 1993 – Harold Bomgaars, Bomgaars
  • 1994 – Fred Davenport, Davenport Companies
  • 1995 – William Dible, Terra Industries Inc.
  • 1996 Byron Brower, Brower Construction Company
  • 1997 Sam Bernstein, State Steel Supply Company
  • 1998 Robert Williams, Williams and Company
  • 1999 Roland Junck, Prince Manufacturing
  • 2000 William Metz, Metz Baking Company
  • 2001 Robert Peterson, IBP, Inc.
  • 2002Eldon Roth, Beef Products, Inc.
  • 2003 Chuck Long, Long Lines
  • 2004 Irving F. Jensen, Jr., Irving F. Jensen Company
  • 2005 Pat Boeshart, Lite-Form Technologies LLC
  • 2006 Ken Ackerman, K & B Transportation
  • 2007 Leonard Gill, LP Gill, Inc.
  • 2008 Allen Mahaney, Soo Tractor Sweeprake Company
  • 2009 Mike Bennett, Terra Industries
  • 2010 Roger and Jane Bomgaars, Bomgaars
  • 2011 James Yanney, Guarantee Roofing & Siding
  • 2012 Steve Schneider, Gerkin Windows and Doors
  • 2013 Mike Wells, Wells Enterprises, Inc.
  • 2014 Garrett Smith, American Pop Corn Company
  • 2015 Regina Roth, BPI
  • 2016 Richard Waller, Security National Bank
  • 2017 Bev and Jim Wharton, Briar Cliff University / City of Sioux City
  • 2018 Douglas Palmer, Tegra Corporation, Palmer Candy Company

Visit The Village Cooperative on Sunday, October 13th at their open house from 2 PM to 4 PM

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The Village Cooperative will be holding an open house on Sunday, October 13, 2019 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Following tours of the members homes, visitors are invited to stay for refreshments in their community room and visit with some of their members. Please call 712.258.3178 with any questions.

Village Cooperative
1400 Indian Hills Drive
Sioux City, IA 51104
712.258.3178

#MemberMonday: Hardline Coffee Co.

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How many years has your business been in Siouxland? We are new in Siouxland. We’ve been in business in Siouxland since March 25, 2018.

What services do you offer? We offer coffee, vegan/vegetarian menu items.

How many years has your business been a member of the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce? We just joined!

What is a fun or surprising fact about your company/business? We are passionate about sustainability & supporting local businesses.

#MemberMonday: Buena Vista University

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How many years has your business been in Siouxland? We have been in Siouxland since 2018.

What services do you offer? Buena Vista University’s Sioux City location offers degree completion programs in accounting, business education, criminology and criminal justice, education studies, elementary education, English, special education, human services, history, psychology. We offer convenient and affordable courses. Hybrid and online course options are available.

How many years has your business been a member of the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce? We celebrated our 1-year anniversary as a Chamber member in June 2019.

What do you enjoy most about being a Chamber member? We really enjoy being connected to the community as a chamber member, which enables us to reach many people and talk about the programs we offer the Siouxland community.

What is your favorite Chamber event/memory? Our ribbon cutting at our new location! Buena Vista University was very appreciative of the Siouxland Chamber and Western Iowa Tech Community College for helping make this such a special event.

What is a fun or surprising fact about your business? Buena Vista University has 16 site locations across the state of Iowa, primarily located on community college campuses. These locations help us to better serve our students in furthering their education.

#MemberMonday: A&B Business Solutions

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How many years has your business been in Siouxland? We’ve been in Siouxland for 5 years.

What services do you offer? We offer managed print services, document management, IT management, office equipment, production print, office supplies, office furniture, purified water, gourmet coffee, and sales & leadership development.

How many years has your business been a member of the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce? We are a fairly new member – we joined in September of 2017.

What do you enjoy most about being a Chamber member? We enjoy the networking the most.

What is a fun or surprising fact about your company/business? At A&B, we value helping others and making our community a better place. As a result, A&B has developed Seeds to Flowers, a program to give back to our communities by donating 1,000 hours of volunteer time. It is all a part of helping our communities grow.

#MemberMonday: Heartland Counseling Services, Inc.

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How many years has your business been in Siouxland? We’ve been in Siouxland for over 40 years.

What services do you offer? We offer day rehabilitation, school-based therapy, mental health and substance abuse outpatient counseling, crisis response, and community support.

How many years has your business been a member of the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce? We’ve been a Siouxland Chamber member since May 2017.

What do you enjoy most about being a Chamber member? We enjoy the networking the most.

What is a fun or surprising fact about your company/business? We are a non-profit 501(c)(3).

#MemberMonday: Premier Systems Inc.

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How many years has your business been in Siouxland? We’ve been in Siouxland for 15 years.

What services do you offer? We offer storm damage restoration, including roofing, gutter, siding, windows and other storm damage.

How many years has your business been a member of the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce? We’ve been a member since March of 2017.

What do you enjoy most about being a Chamber member? By being a member of the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce, Premier Systems appreciates the opportunity to connect with other businesses in the community to reach a common goal of growth, improvement within the community, and strengthening partnerships. We believe when a community works together, it becomes stronger and being a Chamber member increases the positive impact that businesses have in the community.

What is your favorite Chamber event/memory? Chamber mixers are always a great event. Giving us an opportunity to meet and talk to other business people in the community and to help establish positive professional relationships with other businesses.

What is a fun or surprising fact about your company/business? Something that most people probably don’t know about Premier Systems Inc. is that we have been around for about 15 years. We provide free roofing inspections and we work with your insurance company to help you have the best outcome from your claim as possible.

Guest Blog: Erin Brokovich to Speak at Premier Business Leadership Conference at CHI Center Omaha August 23rd

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Erin Brockovich

Goosmann Law Firm, one of the fastest growing law firms in the United States by the Law Firm 500, is pleased to present the BE WORTH IT conference, a premier business leadership conference on August 23rd, 2019 at the CHI Health Center in Omaha, Nebraska. The BE WORTH IT conference is a full-day experience dedicated to helping energize and motivate business leaders to implement the ‘Ready, Execute, Deliver’ model to launch them into success. Keynote Speaker Sponsor Growth Energy, the leading biofuel trade association in the country, proudly presents keynote speaker Erin Brockovich, the force behind the largest direct-action lawsuit in US history.  Brockovich will inspire audience members to new heights and fuel their determination with her drive.  Attendees at the event will include business owners, corporate executives, entrepreneurs, lawyers, CPAs, realtors, and financial planners. The premium and convenient CHI Health Center and attached Hilton Hotel will host their guests.

The BE WORTH IT conference will include breakout sessions and workshops throughout the day, tailored to speak directly to business leaders. The conference will offer 3 continuing legal education credits, including 1 ethics credit anticipated. In addition to keynote speaker and legal legend Erin Brockovich and Jeana Goosmann, Author, CEO & Managing Partner of the Goosmann Law Firm, conference speakers will include top business experts and leadership influencers such as celebrity business man Jeffrey Hayzlett, Kacy Bell of Keller Williams, Jisella Dolan of Home Instead, Ted Gavin of Gavin/Solmonese, Van Deeb of Deeb Companies, Patti Bell of Principal Financial, Alex Bagne of ICS Tax, Rick Faber of Vistage, Boyd Ober of Leadership Resources, Mary Ann O’Brien of OBI Creative, Mark Weber of Nebraska Counsel for Discipline, and Meghann Joyce and Cesar Juarez of Goosmann Law Firm.

Goosmann says, “The Goosmann Law Firm is thrilled to be presenting sponsor of this premier event for business leaders.  Be prepared to leave feeling bold and fired up about your goals, re-energized to challenge yourself, and ready to execute and deliver big results.”

“We are extremely proud to sponsor the BE WORTH IT event and its keynote speaker Erin Brockovich,” said Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor. “Erin embodies the qualities required to get results and has an admirable story to tell about standing up for what’s right against immeasurable odds – traits mirrored by the biofuels industry as we fight every day to bring all Americans access to a cleaner-burning fuel that helps our environment and our health.”

The BE WORTH IT conference business leadership theme is based off Jeana Goosmann’s new book, Worth It, due to release the same day – August 23rd, 2019.  In Worth It, Goosmann shares her RED Philosophy – Ready, Execute, Deliver – as a practical way of living and leading for peak performance and high impact.

To register for the BE WORTH IT conference, visit www.BEWORTHIT.com. For more information on Jeana Goosmann’s book Worth It, and how to pre-order, visit www.BEWORTHIT.com/book.

About Goosmann Law Firm

The Goosmann Law Firm helps business leaders win disputes, protect their wealth, and spend time on what’s worth it. They are one of the fastest growing law firms in the United States with locations in Omaha, Nebraska, Sioux City, Iowa, and Sioux Falls, South Dakota. To learn more about the Goosmann Law Firm, visit their website at www.GoosmannLaw.com  or call (855) 843-4531.

About Growth Energy

Growth Energy is the leading biofuel trade association in the country. They represent producers and supporters of ethanol who are working to bring consumers better choices at the fuel pump, grow America’s economy, and improve the environment for future generations. Their growing membership base now represents nearly half of all American ethanol plants along with many of the largest and most prominent fuel retailers in the country and the industry’s top associate members whose businesses support the ethanol industry. To learn more about Growth Energy, visit their website at www.GrowthEnergy.org

About Erin Brockovich

Say the name Erin Brockovich and you think, strong, tough and stubborn. Erin is all that and definitely more.  She is a modern-day “David” who loves a good brawl with today’s “Goliaths”. She thrives on being the voice for those who don’t know how to yell. It’s been over 15 years since Julia Roberts starred in the Oscar-winning tour de force, Erin Brockovich. The film turned an unknown legal researcher into a 20th century icon by showcasing how her dogged persistence was the impelling force behind the largest medical settlement lawsuit in history. Since then, Erin hasn’t been resting on her laurels…she continues to fight hard and win big! To learn more about Erin Brockovich, visit www.BEWORTHIT.com.

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