The four finalists will be judged Monday, June 16 and the winner will be announced at the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting on Tuesday, June 24, at Navy Pier.
The award is given in honor of the late James Tyree, who served as Chairman for the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce.Tyree was an advocate for the community, dedicating his time and talents to numerous organizations and causes in support of health care, education and children.His surviving wife, Eve M. Tyree, serves as Chairman of the Board of the James Tyree Foundation. The foundation was created to honor the memory and continue the legacy of her husband of 15 years.
The companies will be evaluated based on their civic and charitable involvement, company leadership, growth and scalability. Finalists will be judged in-person by a panel of judges consisting of Eve Tyree;Anil Ahuja, President of CCJM; and John Rico, President of Rico Enterprises. The award will include a $25,000 cash prize in addition to valuable business training and consulting services donated by Chamber sponsors.
2014 James Tyree Emerging Business Leadership Award Applicants:
• Ale Syndicate
• Angel Flight Marketing Services
• Blue Daring
• Built in Chicago
• Child's Voice
• Deneen Inc.
• Des Plaines Office Equipment
• DevMynd Software
• Dig Right In Landscaping
• Dreams For Kids
• Employee Resource Systems
• Project HUGS
• Opcon Inc.
• Pajj Boutique & Salon
• Shades of Green Building Services
• SMB Help Desk
• Strong Oak
Previous winners of the award are Jim Alvarez, CEO of AuctionsByCellular, and Matt Matros, Founder and CEO of Protein Bar.
About James Tyree
During his tenure as CEO, Jim Tyree led Mesirow Financial to exceptional levels of growth in all areas of the business. Among the 50 acquisitions completed during that time are firms such as Stein & Company, a premier real estate organization;