Community members honored at Ames Chamber event

Daily Staff

Ames businesspeople gathered and congratulated each other on another year of business at The Art of Community, an annual event sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce.

Reno Berg, CEO of Mainstream Living, earned the Business Person of the Year award. He has lead the staff at Mainstream Living since its beginnings in 1977, and he strives to improve the lives of people with disabilities and help them achieve the dreams and desires regardless of their disabilites.

Iacovos Zachariades was honored as Entrepreneur of the Year for his work founding Global Reach Internet Productions. The company has been in business for 15 years. Zachariades works to provide technology products that are both beneficial and affordable. Global Reach’s leading product, SiteViz, is known as the best content management system in the state.

Zachariades has given back to the Ames business community by providing 15 companies with free websites for Global Reach’s 15th anniversary.

Sheila Lundt, assistant city manager of Ames, received the Community Involvement Award. Lundt helps groups and organizations thrive in Ames with their events and projects. She also works with ISU students, Ames community schools and the business community.

2011’s “4 Under 40” were also announced at the event. The award is for “leaders of today and tomorrow,” according to the Ames Chamber website.

Amber Corrieri of Ames Community Bank was recognized for her involvement with several volunteer organizations throughout the city of Ames.

Sara Lehman of First National Bank also received the award for her commitment to United Way of Story County and Young Professionals of Ames.

Jenn Plagman-Galvin, assistant dean of students and director of greek affairs at Iowa State, was recognized for her work with the greek community as well as the United Way of Story County.

Lastly, Austin Woodin of Edward Jones earned the award for his dedication to Young Professionals of Ames. During his six years as a member of that organization, Woodin led several new programs. He also serves as an Ames Chamber ambassador, United Day of Caring committee member, Story County Cyclone Club vice president and Youth and Shelter Services finance committee chair.