The Arcus Awards 3 Wrap-Up

The St. Louis Regional Chamber honored the region’s top leaders and companies that are making St. Louis a more attractive place to live, work and invest at its third annual Arcus Awards event on February 25, 2016.

The Academy Awards-style program, presented by RubinBrown LLP, showcased 64 finalists out of hundreds of nominees in ten categories, with the winner of each category announced live during the event.  The award categories illustrated the St. Louis Regional Chamber's One Plan, a focused plan for regional prosperity. More than 800 executives, elected officials, and civic leaders attended the dinner program at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch.
The Arcus 3 Award winners were America's Central Port District, Better Together, Bio Research & Development Growth (BRDG) Park at the Danforth Plant Science Center,  International Institute of St. Louis, Jennings School District,  IDEA Labs, MedAware Solutions, Inc., Natalie’s Cakes and More, Regions Bank, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville -  Eugene B. Redmond Learning Center, and Square, Inc. The videos of the award presentations can be viewed at the Chamber's YouTube Channel (STLRegionalChamber).

The Chamber gives special thanks and appreciation to our Presenting Sponsor, RubinBrown LLP, as well as to our Signature Award Sponsors, Ameren Corporation and BMO Harris Bank for their leadership in supporting this special event. We also thank our Award Sponsors: Bryan Cave LLP, Centene Corporation, Edward Jones, Enterprise Holdings, Inc., The Laclede Group, Monsanto, STL Communications, Inc. and Thompson Coburn LLP. 

View the photographs of The Arcus Awards 3 below and more at our Flickr Page

Photos by Katherine Bish Photography


BMO Harris Bank St. Louis Spirit Award winner IDEA Labs. The student-run bioengineering design and entrepreneurship incubator was recognized for their national success in forming chapters at top universities.  The award was presented by Dan Kraus, Senior Vice President & Director, Commercial Banking, BMO Harris Bank (far left) and holding the award is Stephen Linderman, IDEA Labs.

John Herber, Jr., Managing Partner, RubinBrown LLP,  presents the inaugural Arcus People's Choice Award to Eugene B. Redmond who accepted on behalf of the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Eugene B. Redmond Learning Center.  42,000 votes were cast to decide this award winner. 

Natalie DuBose, Owner of Natalie's Cakes and More, accepted The Arcus Award for Entrepreneurship & Innovation. She was recognized for her resiliency after the unrest in Ferguson and for the partnership with Starbucks to sell her signature caramel cakes in their locations around the St. Louis region. 

Jennings School District and Regions Bank pose with their Arcus Awards. Jennings School District won the Educational Attainment award for their successful turnaround, led by superintendant Dr. Tiffany Anderson (left side with red sweater and white shoes). Regions Bank was honored  with the Ameren Corporate Citizenship Award for their partnership with Jennings School District and the Jobs for America's Graduates program with Riverview Gardens High School.  Mike Hart, Midwest Area President, Regions Bank (center with purple tie), holds the bank's award. 

The Arcus Award winner for Inclusion & Talent Attraction was International Institute of St. Louis. From left to right,  Diego Abente, VP, Director, Economic Development Services, International Institute; award presenter, Steve Leidholdt, President and CEO, STL Communications, Inc.; Anna Crosslin, President and CEO, International Institute;  Paul Costigan, VP, Director, Program Development & Quality Assurance, International Institute;  Blake Hamilton, Workforce Solutions Program Manager, International Institute. The Institute was honored for their work in helping immigrants start and expand their businesses. 

A capacity crowd filled the lobby of the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch for the Pre-Event Networking Reception, sponsored by Creative Producers Group.

Andrea Withycombe and Zach Lou, LauchCode; Deborah Patterson, Monsanto, Rodney Crim, St. Louis Economic Development Partnership

(left to right) Tom Minogue, Chairman, Thompson Coburn LLP and presenter of The Arcus Awards for Financial Services with Meredith Stoner, Disputes Support Representative and Rebecca Alter, Disputes Operations Lead, Square, Inc. Their company was saluted for opening their St. Louis office and for plans to add 250 jobs.

(left to right) Bob Newmark, Managing Partner, Bryan Cave LLP St. Louis Office, presented The Arcus Award for Biosciences to Mark Gorski, Regional Leasing Director at BRDG Park for Wexford Science + Technology, a BioMed Realty Company, and Sam Fiorello, President, Bio Research & Development Growth (BRDG) Park at the Danforth Plant Science Center. BRDG Park was recognized for attracting companies from across the world to their research facilities.
(left to right) St. Charles County Executive Steve Ehlmann and St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay share a moment at The Arcus Awards dinner.

(left to right) Amrit Gill and Keith Levey, Restoration St. Louis, Inc., Donna Wilkinson, Better Together; Kitty Rattcliffe St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission; Amy Gill, Restoration St. Louis, an Arcus Awards finalist.

John Sendroby, HIPAAtrek; Mark Mueller, The Law Office of Mark F. Mueller;  Jim and Barbara Koetting, PFITR; and Sarah Badahman, HIPAAtrek. PFITR and HIPAAtrek were Arcus Awards finalists.

MedAware Solutions, Inc. won the Arcus Award for Achievement in Health. Holding the award is Chief Medical Officer, Tom Zink, MD, and on the far right is President and CEO, Jeff Garibaldi.  MedAware Solutions turns any smartphone or tablet into a healthcare collaboration tool that can provide asynchronous messaging, live telehealth and automated engagement. This award was presented by Shannon Bagley, Senior Vice President, Integration Management, Centene Corporation (third from left).

(left to right) Pravina Pindoria and Amit Kothari of Tallyfy, an Arcus Awards finalist

(left to right) Betsy Cohen, St. Louis Mosaic Project an Arcus Awards 2 winner with Lori Eaton and Carmen Jacob, NextGen Information Services, Inc, an Arcus Awards 3 finalist

The inaugural Arcus Award for Public Policy was presented by Jesse Hill, Principal, Edward Jones (far left) to Better Together, represented by Dave Leipholtz, Community-Based Study Director, Nancy Rice, Executive Director; and Marius Johnson-Malone, Deputy Director of Community Based Studies. Better Together was honored for serving as a catalyst for removing barriers to the region's growth.

(left to right) Frank Papa, Sales Manager, America's Central Port District; Mark Popielski, Vice President, Organic Growth, Laclede Group and the presenter of The Arcus Award for Logistics, Bill Stahlman, Port Engineer; Dennis Wilmsmeyer, Executive Director, (holding award) and Ben McCall, Planner, America Central Port District. The Port District was honored for creating more jobs and transportation options in the region with the recently opened $50 million South Harbor project.  (left to right) Sarah and Marc Oberman with Nathan and Jen Chew of Range Logistics, an Arcus Awards finalist.

Congratulations to all the Arcus Awards 3 Finalists!
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