This award is presented to the Chamber’s outstanding volunteer of the year, as chosen by vote of the Chamber staff. The award is named for Daniel Whitney, one of the first easterners to call Green Bay home. Only 24 when he arrived here from New Hampshire in 1819, he opened a general merchandise store and supplied beef and grain to Fort Howard from a wharf and warehouse at the junction of the Fox and East Rivers. Ten years later Whitney platted the town of Navarino in what is now Green Bay’s downtown. In short order, he built housing for his employees, the settlement’s first hotel, and Christ Church. Sometimes called the “Father of Green Bay,” Whitney went on to found settlements throughout the state and was one of the state’s founding fathers as well.
2019 Daniel Whitney Award recipient, Paul Belschner, Base Companies