The Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce will recognize outstanding area businesses and individuals during its Annual Meeting on Wednesday, August 17 from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the iWireless Center.

The Annual Meeting will also feature keynote speaker Mike Walsh, a futurist and expert on emerging technologies, consumer behavior, and fast growth markets. Walsh asserts that the companies that thrive in the near future will be the ones that not only embrace change, but are the first to break the rules, and he will share new ways to design business for the 21st century.

The awards categories and recipients are:

The Break the Rules Award recognizes a business that has taken unconventional ideas, entered a new market, tried something new within their business model, or implemented a change that resulted in a positive impact.

divvyDOSE, a Quad Cities based pharmacy start-up is the recipient of the Break the Rules award. Divvy Dose is changing the delivery model in the pharmaceutical industry with its method of delivering pills sorted in individual packages clearly marked with the date and time the patient should take the medicine or medicines.

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, has a collaborative spirit, is open to new ideas and thinks and acts in the best interest of the region.

Kent Pilcher, President of Estes Construction and tri-chair of the Q2030 Steering Committee, is the recipient of the 2016 Quad Citizen Award. Kent has been integral in advancing regional thinking and the creation of Q2030; a roadmap for strategic and proactive efforts to grow talent, jobs and economic opportunity for all Quad Citizens. Kent has worked collaboratively across industries and jurisdictions bringing people together to identify opportunities and to address our region’s impediments. For the commitment of time, talent, passion and leadership his efforts have resulted in a positive shift in the way Quad Citizens think, speak and behave.

The Q2030 Award will honor organizations that support transformational ideas and that embrace the theme of the Q2030 Regional Action Plan of cool places, creative people, connected region, and prosperous economy.

John Deere and the John Deere Foundation will be recognized with a Q2030 award for being a catalyst for positive change in our region through their commitment to empower others through strategic investments focusing on philanthropic and volunteerism efforts that achieve higher and sustainable living standards for our region and Quad Citizens.

.Also being recognized with a Q2030 award are the groups Critical Mass, Boots on the Ground, Well-Suited, QC Empowerment Network, Davenport NAACP, Rock Island County NAACP and United Neighbors for their collective and collaborative initiatives on social justice, diversity and inclusion in ways that are influencing positive change in our region and country.

“These outstanding award recipients are examples of the type of leadership that is advancing the Quad Cities region every day,” says Tara Barney, President & CEO, Quad Cities Chamber. “Their display of dedication, talent, and passion serves as constant inspiration, and we are honored to recognize their work at our upcoming Annual Meeting.”

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 Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center and Triumph Community Bank. Other major sponsors include Courtesy Car City, GalaxyOne, Locals Love Us, Per Mar Security Services, Honeywell, Orthopaedic Specialists, Russell, the Better Business Bureau, Edwards Creative Services, the iWireless Center, Fox 18 KLJB, and dphilms.

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