The Oconomowoc Area Chamber of Commerce awards Silgan Containers with its 2014 Green Business of the Year Award

Oconomowoc, WI, (October 7, 2014)  The Oconomowoc Area Chamber of Commerce recognizes outstanding businesses, individuals and organizations in our community. Nominations were sought in five categories: Business of the Year, Citizen of the Year, Non-Profit Organization of the Year, Green Business of the Year and the Women in Business Leadership Award. Chamber volunteers and board members reviewed the nominations and selected the winners.

“We had an outstanding response to this year’s call for nominations” said Chamber director, Katie Miller. “That speaks volumes about the quality of the businesses, individuals and organizations in our community. The selection committee had a tough job in selecting this year’s winners.”

The Oconomowoc Area Chamber of Commerce 2014 Annual Awards recipients are:

Business of the Year: Ewald Chevrolet Buick has been growing in Oconomowoc since 1981. The Ewald family has been building lasting relationships with customers for three generations. Ewald’s steadfast commitment to their customers, employees and the community is demonstrated by their continued growth amid the recent economic downturn and significant GM safety recalls.

Citizen of the Year:  Keith Farley. It would be difficult to find a local organization that has not benefited from Mr. Farley’s charitable and volunteer leadership. Mr. Farley has served in some capacity in local organizations including the Oconomowoc Area Foundation, the YMCA at Pabst Farms, Athletic Fields Forever, Crosspoint Community Church, the Oconomowoc Booster Club, Teresa’s Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer and Zachariah’s Acres. This award recognizes the tremendous impact that his commitment has had on our community.

Non-Profit Organization of the Year: AngelsGrace Hospice opened in May 2004 as the first residential inpatient hospice in Waukesha County. Since then, the care team at AngelsGrace Hospice has provided care and support to more than 2,900 patients and their families during and after the end of life. “We are fortunate to have a resource like AngelsGrace in our community” said Kevin Pagenkopf of Pagenkopf Funeral Home who nominated the organization for this award. “They provide comfort and care when families need it most.”

Green Business of the Year: Silgan Containers Manufacturing Corporation is a local leader in environmentally responsible manufacturing. In the last four years alone, Silgan Containers has reduced volatile organic compounds and hazardous waste shipments by more than 50% and reduced hazardous air pollutants by more than 75%. They have invested in sustainable infrastructure projects, employee education and community services including providing crates for Silver Lake Intermediate School’s on-site garbage-to-composting program.

Women in Business Leadership Award: Lisa Geason-Bauer, owner of Evolution Marketing, is committed to environmental sustainability, fresh local food and leading by example. Whether building a state-wide sustainability network, promoting local agriculture or mentoring students and community leaders, the impact of her professional and volunteer leadership can be seen throughout Oconomowoc and Wisconsin. Locally her leadership has contributed to the success of many organizations and projects including Greener Oconomowoc, the Oconomowoc Summer and Winter Farmers’ Markets and Imagination Station.

This year’s winners will be recognized at the Chamber’s 2014 Annual Dinner and Awards Celebration presented by First Bank Financial Centre on Thursday, November 6th at the Golden Mast Inn in Okauchee.

The reservation deadline to attend this special evening of success is October 31. The event is open to the general public. For more information or to make reservations, please contact the Chamber office at 262-567-2666 or visit


Silgan Containers manufactures and sells steel and aluminum containers and ends that are used primarily by processors and packagers for food products, such as soup, vegetables, fruit, meat, tomato based products, coffee, seafood, adult nutritional drinks, pet food and other miscellaneous food products. For more info visit: