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Ames Chamber of Commerce and Affiliate Organizations Announce Annual Award Winners

November 3, 2020

The Ames Chamber of Commerce and its affiliates are pleased to announce their 2020 Annual Award Winners:

  • Business Person of the Year: Michelle Cassabaum, 21st Century Rehab
  • Community Contributor of the Year: Reynolds Cramer, Fareway
  • Trailblazer of the Year: Raspberry Hill Bed & Breakfast
  • Diversity & Inclusion: Wayne and Edna Clinton
  • Culture Creator: Better at Burke Campaign
  • Ames Chamber Ambassador of the Year: Jason Jennings, Friedrich Iowa Realty
  • Economic Impact: Amcor, Mid-State Material Handling and Fabrication, Bricktown Ames, South Glenn Subdivision, Story City Housing Projects, AgCertain, Larson Well Drilling, TMC, American Packaging Corporation
  • The Ames Foundation Contributor of the Year: Jennifer Garst
  • Ames Main Street Volunteer of the Year: Eliz Erbes, Avec Design + Build
  • FUEL Story County 4 Under 40: Jill Crosser, Bankers Trust; Nate Rasmussen, Merck; Tiffany Tope, Stevens Memorial Chapel; Cherie Torresi, Sigler

Award winners will be recognized at the Ames Chamber of Commerce Annual Event on December 11 at 3:30 pm. This year’s Annual Event will be held virtually through a simulcast on YouTube. This year’s event theme is #StoryCountyStrong and features a late-night show twist as we take a look back on the ups and downs of the ever-unpredictable 2020.

For more information or to register for the Annual Event virtual event (public is welcome to attend) please visit or contact the Chamber office at 515-232-2310. Access is free, however donations are welcome. Donations of $100 or more will include a VIP package to enjoy while watching the event.


For More Information:


Dan Culhane | President & CEO | 232-2310 |

Brenda Dryer | Senior Vice President | 515-232-2310 |

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