ADVOCATE OF THE YEAR AWARD 

The Lewis A. Shattuck Small Business Advocate of the Year Award recognizes small-business owners who go above and beyond in advocating for the small-business community. Four finalists and the overall winner are honored at NSBA’s annual Washington Presentation. Please see below the full list of our past winners.

The Advocate Awards and Washington Presentation have been postponed for 2020 given the COVID-19 pandemic.


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

2019

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Calvin Mills, Jr.
CMC Technology Solutions and SLT Technology, Inc

2018

Larry Nannis
Lawrence S. Nannis Consultant to Entrepreneurs

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