OTTAWA — Red Pig Inn in Ottawa received the Business of the Year Award during Thursday’s Ottawa Area Chamber of Commerce membership dinner.
Dick Schnipke, Red Pig Inn owner, accepted the award presented by Eric Siewert, Blanchard River Broadcasting, who served as emcee and Cathy Burgei, chamber executive director. Red Pig Inn was nominated by Catherine Fortman, Fortman Insurance.
“They can cater to the customer who is looking for a quick snack, after work drink, or a private party for special occasions and meetings,” Siewert said.
Its menu has won national recognition from the National Restaurant Association as most creative menu. Red Pig Inn has been selected as one of the top 12 pork restaurants in the USA by the National Pork Association and also was named Ohio Pork Restaurant of the year.
The membership dinner was held at the American Legion post in Ottawa. Red Pig Inn provided the meal and Touches from the Heart served dessert.
The 4 Under 40 Awards were presented to young professionals who excel in the workplace, demonstrate leadership and serves within the Putnam County communities. Recipients must be 18 to 39 at the time of the nomination, reside in Putnam County, consistently demonstrate a commitment to his or her profession, be dedicated to building and fostering relationships and demonstrate philanthropic involvement in Putnam County.
The 4 Under 40 Award recipients included Alivia Croy, Emily Recker, Michelle Brough and Kyle Stechschulte.
Croy, owner and operator of Touches from the Heart, also is owner and operator of Signature Look. She is involved in chamber meetings, loves to bring business to downtown Ottawa while promoting other businesses through hers. She has judged the Halloween parade, participated in the Christmas parade and donated head bands to breast cancer awareness. Croy also has been involved with a fashion show for women with cancer and participated in Sycamore Wines fashion events.
Recker is a quality improvement coordinator and registered nurse for Putnam County HomeCare & Hospice. In 2011 she obtained the Six Sigma Yellow Belt for Process Improvement from Lima Memorial Health System and achieved the Home Care Elite Award for Putnam County HomeCare & Hospice in 2014, 2017 and 2018.
Brough is a registered nurse for Interim Healthcare. She served as Challenged Champions Equestrians Center vice president board of directors and volunteered as the youth sports coach for Pandora schools. She has served as the Hospice Committee Chair for the Ohio Council for Homecare and Hospice, received Ohio Council Volunteer Member of the Year in 2014 and in 2015 served as a Palliative Care forum panel member in 2015.
Stechschulte is employed at KMLS Farms and is a part-time officer for the Leipsic Police Department, drives a bus for Leipsic, Pandora and Columbus Grove schools and is a transport officer for the Putnam County Juvenile Court. He has served as a basketball coach for Leipsic CYO, volunteer for St. Mary’s Church and School, volunteer fireman for the Leipsic Volunteer Fire Department and president of the Leipsic Volunteer Fire Department Association. He also has served as athletic director and coach for St. Mary’s church and school, assistant event coordinator for the Leipsic Reverse Raffle and Leipsic Main Street USA Festival.
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