Jannsen named Pewaukee Person of Year
Three businesses also lauded for community efforts
Pewaukee — The Pewaukee Chamber of Commerce recently announced Terry Jannsen was named Pewaukee Person of the Year, along with three businesses being honored for their involvement in the community.
Jannsen, who will be receiving the 2009 James J. Murphy Award is president of Jannsen & Co., located in the City of Pewaukee, was nominated by employees for providing an enjoyable work environment and his work with the Pewaukee and Waukesha chambers.
Also being honored by the chamber are Country Springs Hotel as the large business of the year, Bubba's Frozen Custard, as the medium business of the year and Bank of Memories & Flowers as the small business of the year.
Chamber executive director Kathy Eckhardt said the organization wants to emphasize the business awards as much as the person of the year and preferring to call the annual occasion the Community Awards Event.
"We want to give a lot of credit to these businesses for going above and beyond given this economy," she said.
Person of year
Jannsen, a CPA, is financial advisor and president of Jannsen & Company, S.C., a tax and accounting firm.
"We, the Jannsen & Company team members, are fortunate to have such a dedicated, progressive and enthusiastic leader to help guide our firm towards the future. For Terry, providing an enjoyable work environment while having fun everyday is a fundamental part of an equation that makes Jannsen & Company the successful business it is today, more than thirty years after inception," wrote the employees on the nomination form.
Jannsen & Company is a member of the Pewaukee Chamber of Commerce and an annual sponsor of the chamber's golf outing. Jannsen has served on various committee and board positions within the Waukesha County Chamber of Commerce and remains active in both Pewaukee and Waukesha Chamber events.
Jannsen also shares his business knowledge with participants enrolled in financial management series courses at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and UW-Whitewater campuses.
"I like sharing some of my proven best practices and real-world experiences to small business owners," explains Jannsen in the nomination form.
"Many UWM small business students suggest enrolling in the program to help get their business up and running properly. 'This is an excellent intro to a company's financial statements,' states one student. 'Terry is a very good instructor. He tailors the class according to the level of the participants,' " wrote the employees.
Jannsen also does committee work for The Bryon Riesch Paralysis Foundation and supports the Neumeyer Benefit Trust and Paul Petersen Foundation.
"These last two groups were formed as a result of a losing battle against cancer that two close friends and clients of our firm. Terry's outlook on life changed when these incredibly unique individuals lost their courageous bouts with cancer within just two years of each other," wrote the employees.
Jannsen could not be reached for comment.
Bank of Memories & Flowers, located on Oakton Avenue in the Village of Pewaukee is owned by Melissa Maas.
The shop specializes in fresh flowers and gifts.
In the summer of 2009 a unique eco-friendly garden was planted with idea that all the perennial plants can be harvested and used in the shops floral designs. The business also uses a rain barrel, natural pesticides and eco-friendly fertilizers.
Every year, in July the shop makes fresh arrangements for Telaflora's "Make Someone Smile Week." Last year, employees made almost 500 smiley mugs with fresh flowers and plants and delivered them to cancer patients in treatment centers and cancer survivors running in the Rely for Life.
Bubba's, a restaurant on Capitol Drive in the Village of Pewaukee, began an annual 9/11 fundraiser in 2008.
Each year on Sept. 11, Bubba's donates 10 percent of all sales to the Pewaukee Firefighters Auxiliary. It also participates in the Pewaukee Firefighters Auxiliary Golf Outing and supports the Pewaukee Fire Department and National Fire Safety Council with cash contributions.
The Wishing Well at Bubba's collects approximately $750 in coins each year from patrons and is matched by Bubba's (up to $1,000 per year) and donated to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. In addition, as part of its yearly anniversary celebration, Bubba's donates a portion of sales from selected days to Make-A-Wish.
The Country Springs Hotel on Golf Road, an independently owned hotel by a small partnership group, is known for its Country Christmas, the World's Greatest Cookie Sale held the day after Thanksgiving where 30-plus nonprofit groups sell cookies and other home-made baked goods, and the Streets of Bethlehem, which is on display from late November to early January.
The chamber will host its awards dinner Jan. 27 at Western Lakes Golf Club W287N1963 Oakton Road, from 6 to 9 p.m. For more information call the chamber at (262) 691-8851or e-mail: in firstname.lastname@example.org. Reservations must be made by Jan. 20.
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