Business Hall of Fame

Business Hall of Fame History

The successful business atmosphere in the Quincy area is no accident. Many great business leaders have laid the foundation for innovation, strong work ethic, sound financial principles and vision that will continue to serve this area for generations.

The Business Hall of Fame was started in 2006 to celebrate the rich history and accomplishments of the Quincy area business community. The leaders inducted each year into the Chamber’s Business Hall of Fame have spent their lives not only building their businesses but also building our community. We hope that their stories will inspire the next generation of leaders to greatness.

Click on the name below to view past honorees’ Business Hall of Fame Videos:


BeeJay Adams, Mississippi Belle Distributing

B. Bradford “Brad” Billings,  Blessing Health System

Joe Bonansinga, Quincy Broadcasting Company

Lorenzo Bull, State Savings and Loan Company

Ross J. Centanni, Gardner Denver

Chauncey H. Castle, Comstock Castle Stove Company

Richard A. Ehrhart, Kohl Wholesale

Robert W. Gardner, Gardner Denver Company

Parker Gates, Gates Radio Company

Henry B. Geise, Maid Rite

Donald K. Gnuse, First Bankers Trust Company

William Frederick Gerdes Sr., Michelmann Steel Construction Company

Richard Huck, Huck Manufacturing

Robert B. Hulsen, Moorman Manufacturing Company

Dale Kirlin Sr., Kirlin’s Hallmark

Leaton Irwin, Irwin Paper Company

William H. Klingner, Klingner and Associates

Harold W. “Bud” Knapheide Jr., The Knapheide Manufacturing Company

Arthur O. Lindsay, Quincy Newspapers, Inc.

Robert A. “Bob” Mays, Coldwell Banker Mays Real Estate

Cecil “Sprout” and Evenlyn McClean, McClean Family Restaurants

Jim Mentesti , Great River Economic Development Foundation

Carl E. Merkel, Merkel’s Inc.

Delmer R. Mitchell, Schmiedeskamp, Robertson, Neu & Mitchell

C.A. Moorman, Moorman Manufacturing Company

Frank Musholt, Hollister Whitney Elevator Corp.

L.A. “Andy” Nickelson, Dame & Hurdle Jewelers

Rich Niemann Sr., Niemann Foods Inc.

Thomas A. Oakley, Quincy Newspapers Inc.

Thomas C. Oakley, Quincy Newspapers Inc.

Sam Rinella Jr., Rinella Company

Irving J. Rosen, Quincy Soybean

Walter J. Rothschild, Lee Broadcasting Company

Edward J. Schneidman, Quincy Mayor

Charles A. Scholz, partner in the law firm of Scholz, Loos, Palmer, Siebers & Duesterhaus LLP

Dean Searls, Adams Electric Cooperative

Dick and Mae Shierling, McDonald’s

Ray Shortridge , Shortridge Construction

George and Charlotte Spear, Hansen Spear Funeral Home

John G. Stevenson, Sr., Stevenson Paxton Wealth Management Group

Frank Strieby, Illinois State Bank

Robert Tracy, Dot Foods

Gus Traeder, Traeder’s TNT Yamaha

Ron Vecchie, Refreshment Services Pepsi

Daniel W. Voorhees Sr., Electric Wheel Company

Elmer T. Wavering, Motorola

Dr. Walter M. Whitaker, Quincy Clinic

Bernard H. “Bernie” Willer, Sandy’s/Quincy Hardees Restaurants