ADVOCATE OF THE YEAR AWARD 

NSBA recently recognized five outstanding small-business owners as our 2018  Lew Shattuck Advocate of the Year Award winners. The application process for next year’s award will begin in February 2019.

2018 Award Winners:

Larry Nannis of Framingham, Mass., was named the overall 2018 Lew Shattuck Small Business Advocate of the Year. An outspoken advocate on small-business issues for nearly 40 years, Nannis has testified before Congress, made annual trips to Washington, D.C. to advocate for pro-small-business policies, has mentored countless small-business advocates and was named a delegate to the 1995 White House Conference on Small Business.

NSBA also honored:

  • Lisa Fullerton, A Novel Idea in San Antonio, Texas,
  • Chris Holman, Michigan Business Monthly in Lansing, Michigan,
  • Mike Schreurs, Strategic America in West Des Moines, Iowa, and
  • Rick Whipple, WhippleWood CPAs in Littleton, Colorado

Qualifications and Criteria:

  • A demonstrated commitment to small-business advocacy above and beyond policies that specifically impact their own business or industry;
  • A proven history of volunteer efforts to advance and improve the overall small-business community;
  • Success in advocating for pro-small business policies; and
  • Success and growth as a small-business owner

PAST WINNERS

2017

David Ickert
Air Tractor, Inc.

2015

Gary Kushner

Gary Kushner
Kushner & Company

2014

Brian Stein
S&S Intersource

2013

Raymond Arth
Phoenix Products, Inc.

2011

Grafton H. “Cap” Willey, IV
CBIZ Tofias

2010

Michael Mitternight
Factory Service Agency

2009

Thomas C. Pitrone, CFP
The Integrity Group

2008

Joseph Melookaran, CPA
JMA Chartered

2007

Scott Hauge
Cal Insurance & Associates

2006

Robert Schmidt
Cleveland Medical Devices Inc. and Orbital Research Inc.,

2005

Valerie W. Perlowitz
Reliable Integration Services