Green Bay, Wis. - (Aug. 28, 2019) - The Greater Green Bay Chamber is pleased to announce Paul Belschner, president and CEO of Base Companies LLC has been selected as the 2019 Daniel Whitney Award recipient. He will be honored with the award at the Chamber’s annual dinner on Wednesday, Sept. 25, at the KI Convention Center.
Every year, Chamber staff vote to bestow the award on a Chamber member who has served on one or more of our committees or boards of directors. Belschner has been a committed Chamber volunteer in various capacities over the years; he served on the economic development board of directors for eight years, including as its chairperson (a role that concludes Aug. 31) and on its executive and investment committees; he also has served on the Chamber board of directors since 2016. In addition, he serves as co-chair of the Greater Green Bay Economic Development Strategic Plan Downtown Green Bay Task Force and as a member of the Strategic Plan’s Talent & Education Task Force and its Innovation Task Force.
“Paul has been an all-around champion and proponent for all facets of the Greater Green Bay Economic Development Strategic Plan and the Chamber as a whole,” said Laurie Radke, president and CEO of the Greater Green Bay Chamber. “He has invested in the Chamber through his continued business commitments and has acted as a faithful advocate for the work the Chamber does on behalf of the business community and community at large.”
In addition, Belschner’s vision and collaboration made it possible for the Chamber to expand and manage the Urban Hub downtown as an extension of its Startup Hub. The Urban Hub is a dedicated coworking space for idea makers, innovators and entrepreneurs.
“Paul’s business expertise and advice has been an extreme asset to the Chamber’s economic development efforts,” Radke added. “And his passion toward business and the local community is infectious.”
In addition to his Chamber involvement, Belschner is extremely active in other business and civic activities. These include serving as a board member for the Boys and Girls Club of Green Bay; past president of the Optimist Club of West Green Bay; cofounder and treasurer for CASE (confidentially, advising, support and encouraging local business) business group; and member of the Meyer Theatre Corp. capital campaign committee. He is also a property development and construction management professional and was instrumental in planning The Rail Yard Innovation District.
The award he will receive 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.
For details on the annual dinner, visit www.greatergbc.org/annualdinner.
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