The Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce will recognize outstanding area businesses and individuals during its Annual Meeting on Wednesday, August 16 from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the iWireless Center.
The Annual Meeting will also feature keynote speaker Bonin Bough, one of the world’s foremost-awarded marketing executives, host of CNBC’s Cleveland Hustles, author of Txt Me (646) 759-1837, and one of the youngest C-suite executives in a Fortune 50 company. Bough asserts that the way to win the talent war is to build an organizational culture of fearless talent.
The awards categories and recipients are:
The Quad Cities Innovation in Talent Development Awards recognizes businesses that have demonstrated a commitment to developing their current workforce and establishing their reputation as a company where employees flourish.
Under 50 Employees: Twin State Technical Services
Twin State Technical Services (TSTS), a Quad Cities technology firm, is receiving the Quad Cities Innovation in Talent Development Award in the small business category. TSTS is committed to helping employees meet and exceed their educational and career goals, supports a healthy work-life balance, and through a partnership with St. Ambrose University and Eastern Iowa Community Colleges, are making an impact developing young talent.
“We are a firm believer in self-direction within our staff including choice in their own work assignments and career path,” says Beth Tinsman, President, Twin State Technical Services. “We understand that the hire position may not be the position they fill throughout their time with us. We dedicate substantial dollars to training in technical and personal development, and support this by paying 100% of tuition and related costs supporting to our business model, which has led to high employee retention and happy, loyal and well-qualified employees.”
Over 50 employees: RSM US LLP
RSM US LLP is an audit, tax and consulting services firm focused on the middle market.
“RSM’s talent experience and client experience are two elements of our business that go hand-in-hand and are critical to our success. By enriching our talent experience, we can create a better experience for our clients by serving them with people who understand their business. We approach talent development holistically, in a manner that helps our diverse and highly-mobile workforce achieve both their professional and personal goals,” says Ryan Weber, RSM’s Davenport Office Managing Partner. “This includes extensive paid professional development, flexibility that is woven into our culture, mentorship, and a commitment to ensuring our employees recognize they are essential contributors to the success of our firm and our clients.”
“As the Quad Cities region advances toward Q2030, we recognize that talent will be central to transforming the region,” says Kristin Glass, Interim CEO and VP of Member Services, Quad Cities Chamber. “We are enthused by the innovative ways that each of the applicants approach talent planning and development. We want to commend those that applied for showing leadership and recognizing the important role they play in attracting and retaining a competitive workforce.”
Companies receiving honorable mention for their commitment to talent development include:
Bush Construction, City of Davenport, Estes Construction, Integrity Integrated, Mandala Integrative Health, Manpower, MediaLink, Molyneaux, Robert Half, Rock Valley Physical Therapy, Russell, St. Ambrose University, Terracon, and Van Meter.
Quad Citizen Award
The Quad Citizen Award recognizes an individual who distinguishes themselves as a champion of the Quad Cities region. They demonstrate extraordinary pride and positive attitude about the region, typifies the true spirit of leadership, is collaborative, open to new ideas, and thinks and acts in the best interest of the region.
Reverend Dwight Ford, pastor of Grace City Church is the recipient of the 2017 Quad Citizen Award. Rev. Ford has been integral in advancing regional thinking and the creation of Q2030; he’s a passionate thought leader who is committed to growing talent, jobs and economic opportunity for all Quad Citizens. For the commitment of time, talent, passion and leadership his efforts have resulted in a positive movement, inspiring others to “start small, think big and aim high.”
The Q2030 Award will honor organizations that support transformational ideas and that embrace the Q2030 Regional Action Plan.
The River Bend Foodbank will be recognized with a Q2030 award for being a catalyst for positive change in our region through their commitment to the mission of making the Quad Cities a hunger-free community by embracing collaboration – a core tenant of Q2030 - to develop and implement a coordinated set of hunger-reduction strategies.
In 2016 the River Bend Foodbank had a record distribution of 11.1 million meals, halfway to the 10-year goal of ending hunger.
Also being recognized with a Q2030 award are the members of the YP Think Tank, a 15-member leadership body of the Young Professionals of the Quad Cities (YPQC), a division of the Quad Cities Chamber. YPQC committed to building a diverse and inclusive network of young leaders and have led by example in creating a welcoming community in which all people are embraced. The YP Think Tank is balanced in gender, ethnicity, and professions so that the trades, arts, non-profits, education and private sector are all involved and represented.
The YP Think Tank is receiving this award for their role in fostering a community culture that is equitable, diverse, inclusive, and engaging.
The Quad Cities Chamber Annual Meeting is open to the general public. Advanced registration is required. Register online or call 563.823.2676 to register. Tickets are $75 for Chamber members or $85 for non-members.
The Quad Cities Chamber Annual Meeting is presented by Triumph Community Bank and Genesis Health System. Other major sponsors include Genesis Systems Group, Orthopaedic Specialists, Russell, Tri-City Electric Company, Locals Love Us, Van Meter, Edwards Creative, iWireless Center, dphilms, Modern Woodmen Fraternal Financial and KWQC.
About the Quad Cities Chamber
The Quad Cities Chamber is a champion for business and community growth in the region. It proudly helps drive Q2030: A Regional Action Plan to increase talent, jobs and economic opportunity for all.