Curran named chamber's Business of the Year

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Karlen Covey (left) and the Covey family present Tim Curran, co-president of the Curran Group the Robert O. Covey Business of the Year Award during the annual Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce Award Dinner at the Crystal Lake Country Club on Wednesday.
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Verla Wehde (left) presents Diana Kenney with the Carl E. Wehde Award during the annual Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce Award Dinner at the Crystal Lake Country Club on Wednesday.
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Jean Marie Saidler holds up a sign to let chamber President Gary Reece know that he needs to wrap his speech up so everybody could go home to watch the Blackhawks game during the annual Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce Award Dinner at the Crystal Lake Country Club on Wednesday.
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The 73rd annual Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce Award Dinner was held Wednesday at the Crystal Lake Country Club.

CRYSTAL LAKE – The Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce named Curran Group Inc. its Robert O. Covey Business of the Year at an awards ceremony Wednesday.

Curran Group, a Crystal Lake-based holding company with businesses in several states, was selected for the chamber’s top award because of its many years of community service and its careful efforts to prepare for the future.

The Curran family business was started as a small coal and ice delivery service. It has grown into a company with nearly 2,000 employees in three states. Its subsidiaries operate in a variety of industries, including asphalt paving, paint finishing, and railroad services. Another subsidiary makes and sells porcelain stone tile for commercial and residential use.

The award was named for Robert Covey, a local attorney and businessman known for his public service. Covey died in March. He was 92. Family members presented the award to Curran Group on his behalf at a reception at the Crystal Lake Country Club.

Though Curran Group has earned industry awards over the years, Co-President Tim Curran said the Robert O. Covey Business of the Year Award was significant.

“An industry award is one thing,” Curran said, “but when you are recognized by your community, it’s special.”

Curran Group, led by brothers Tim and Mike Curran, has been a member of the chamber since 1969, chamber President Gary Reece said.

“This is an amazing family,” he said. “Curran Group has been a great member of the business community.”

Company leaders also earned praise for their volunteer and charity work and efforts to prepare a fifth generation of the family to run the company.

“A fourth generation company is very rare today,” said Bob Blazier, a longtime community leader and chamber Ambassador. “Their father, Jack, would be proud of what Tim and Mike have done with the business.”

Several others were honored at Wednesday’s dinner and awards ceremony.

The chamber gave the Carl E. Wehde Award to Diana Kenney, executive director of the Downtown Crystal Lake/Main Street organization. In addition to her work with that organization, chamber officials noted her efforts to preserve the community’s history through the Crystal Lake Historical Society. Kenney also organizes some of the city’s signature events, such as the annual Johnny Appleseed Festival and Festival of Lights Parade.

Kenney said she felt especially honored by the award named for the late Crystal Lake mayor and civic leader because she knew him “as a man of integrity.”

Additionally, Reece gave Presidential Awards of Excellence to Vanessa Baker of Fast Forward Marketing, Dawn Gilman of Crystal Lake Engraving, Patty Luchsinger of Mastercraft Decorating, Inc., Jamie Maravich of BMO Harris Bank, and Shaun Tessmer of Exemplar Financial Network.

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