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WHAT WE DO : EVENTS : Awards Luncheon

Please accept our apologies, but the 20th Annual Awards Luncheon & Ceremony has been tentatively rescheduled for January 2022. This is a tentative date until COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted to give way to a safe event. Please stay tuned for updates on our Web and in our Pulse electronic newsletter. We are going in strong for 2021 to better serve our members. In the meantime, if you have questions about this or any other Forward Janesville events, please contact our office at 608-757-3160 Monday thru Friday from 8 am to 5 pm.  Thank you for your patience.

Awards Luncheon

The 2020 Annual Awards Lunch was a resounding success.  Over 400 guests attended to show their respect and gratitude for the works and accomplishments of the honorees who have and continue to make a marked difference in our community, both through their business and personal commitments. Check out the Red Carpet video below.  There is no shortage of fun at FJI events.

Photo credits:  Megan O'Leary Photograhy
(L to R):  Congressman Bryan Steil, Kathy & Steve Dean (Mocha Moment), Skip Bliss (Bliss Communications), Mark Finnegan (VetsRoll), David de Leon (Alliant Energy), Michael Gilbertson (The Developing Edge), Nathan Burkart (Janesville Performing Arts Center), Jennifer White (Data Dimensions), Linda Ross (Leadership Development Academy of Rock County), Kari & Shawn Reents (Velvet & Tulle), David Bagley (RSM US LLP)

Many thanks to our 2020 Corporate Sponsor

A special thanks to our Award Sponsors.  Without their support, events like these would not be possible.

 19th Annual Awards Banquet Winners 

Skip Bliss, Bliss Communications
Lifetime Achievement
Sponsored by:  BMO Harris Bank
Nathan Burkart, Janesville Performing Arts Center
Emerging Leader
Sponsored by:  Minuteman Press
Jennifer White, Data Dimensions
Ambassador of the Year
Sponsored by:  Boomerang Home Rentals
Michael Gilbertson, The Developing Edge
Volunteer of the Year
Sponsored by: Mercyhealth
Leadership Development Academy of Rock County
Educator of the Year
Sponsored by:  Blackhawk Bank
Kari & Shawn Reents, Velvet & Tulle Boutique
Entrepreneur of the Year
Sponsored by:  First National Bank & Trust
Community Improvement
Sponsored by:  Blackhawk Community Credit Union
Mocha Moment
Business of the Year (50 or less employees)
Sponsored by:  Nowlan & Mouat, LLP
Alliant Energy
Business of the Year (50 or more employees)
Sponsored by:  Johnson Financial Group


And another shout-out and thanks to the following business partners for their time and talents.