Business Leaders Awarded at 9th Annual Hall of Fame Banquet

COLUMBUS – Business leaders were honored for their positive impact on the community Tuesday evening.

The 9th Annual Columbus Area Business Hall of Fame Banquet awarded four community leaders and inducted four others into the Business Hall of Fame.

“It’s really one of our favorite night’s on the chamber calendar, Columbus Area Chamber President K.C. Belitz commented. “You get to tell stories that really people need to hear about the business leaders, as well as the community leaders, who have brought us to where we are today.”

“What we hope is, of course, that from that people see the example, and they see the role model, and that encourages all of us to do our part so that in 50 years Columbus is still what it is today, and still moving in the right direction.”

Columbus Mayor Mike Moser was the 5th Annual Columbus Telegram Edgar Howard Award recipient, which recognizes individuals who exemplify good citizenship.

“There are so many people who contribute so much in the community,” Moser explained. “I’m sure that many of those don’t get recognized. I appreciate all their efforts and all the people who make Columbus a better place to live.”

The other three award recipients were Gail Wurdeman (Ovation), Dennis Hirschbrunner (Archway), and Jo Suess (Charles Farnham Volunteer of the Year).

To read more information on the 2014 Hall of Fame Inductees click here.



The Columbus Telegram Edgar Howard Award – Mike Moser

Presented to a business person who exemplifies Howard’s dedication to serving the community.

Ovation – Gail Wurdeman

Gail Wurdeman began her own business in 1974 as a sales representative firm for retailers. She maintained a showroom at the Denver Merchandise Mart for 34 years, until moving back to her hometown of Columbus. She was the first woman to have a showroom at the Mart and is the longest tenant in the history of the Denver Merchandise Mart. She represented products across eight states in the western U.S.A.

Archway – Dennis Hirschbrunner

After a distinguished 40-year career in engineering, Dennis Hirschbrunner retired in 2010 as executive vie president and national director of marketing for HDR’s engineers operating company. He served as a member of the HDR corporate management team.

Charles Farnham Volunteer of the Year – Jo Suess

She has been a long-time volunteer for Sertoma, St. Isidore Church and School, Scotus, and the Columbus Area Chamber. She is a chairperson for Red, White, Kaboom! and arranges stage entertainment for Columbus Days.