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Chamber names annual award winners

The Evanston Chamber of Commerce has chosen the leader of a local non-profit as well as owners of two local businesses for awards at its June 2 annual meeting.

Chris Mailing, the owner of Turin Bicycle, will receive the chamber’s NorthShore Community Bank & Trust Small Businessperson of the Year Award. Gerald Gully, executive director, Shore Community Services, Inc., will receive the NorthShore University HealthSystem Public Service/Nonprofit Award. Bob and Marian Kurz ,co-owners, Kurz & Company, will be recognized as with the Best Buy Community Leadership Award.

Originally from England and later, New York City, the banker-turned-cyclist Mailing has owned Turin Bicycle since 2004. Since taking over the handlebars at Turin, Mailing has done a ‘to-the-studs’ renovation – upgrading the 3,600 square foot space into a gleaming showroom and repair center. In addition to selling bikes for racing, commuting, and riding leisurely along the lake – Mailing has added a fleet of rental bikes.

Mailing is also well-known for bringing professional bicycling racing to Evanston. He founded the NorthShore University HealthSystem Grand Prix, held in mid-July, which attracts top cyclists from all over the world.

Gulley started with Shore fresh out of graduate school 40 years ago and has been its guiding light for the past 33 years. The non-profit social service agency offers a full range of supports and services to people with developmental disabilities.

With facilities in Evanston, Skokie and Morton Grove, the agency serves over 400 people each year providing educational, vocational and residential programs.

Gulley also has served in leadership positions on countless boards and associations including: the Illinois Rehabilitation Association, the Governor’s Planning Council on Developmental Disabilities, and the Person’s With Disabilities Board formed by the Chicago Community Trust. He has been past president and a member of the Evanston Kiwanis Club since 1977.

Since putting down roots in Evanston 36 years ago, the Kurz’ have contributed countless volunteer hours to a variety of Evanston organizations. Their tireless commitment and leadership has made an indelible mark on the Evanston community. The Kurz’ have given their time and talents to enrich Evanston, and their volunteer efforts have given them much in return.

Both have used their considerable talents in the marketing/communications arena to help their professional clients as well as offer pro-bono services to many worthwhile organizations. Examples include: Kiwanis Club, The Mental Health Association of the North Shore, Crossroads Council of the Girl Scouts, the YMCA and First Night Evanston, and Shore Community Services, Inc., where Bob served on the board for 10 years, including a three-year stint as president.

The chamber’s 90th Annual Meeting will be its largest networking event of the year with over 250 guests. The evening begins at 5:29 p.m. with cocktails in the Grand Ballroom of the Hilton Orrington, followed by the 90th Annual Meeting, the election of the group’s board of directors, and the awards ceremony.

Guests will then be whisked up to the 9th Floor of the hotel for a buffet dinner, entertainment, silent auction, and networking on the Terrace Under the Stars.

Tickets are on sale now and can be obtained by calling chamber at: 847-328-1500, x3 by visiting the chamber’s website.

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