NSBA Seeks Advocate Award Candidates

March 19, 2014

pic-advocate-awardNSBA is seeking candidates for the 2014 Lewis A. Shattuck Small Business Advocate of the Year Award which recognizes small-business owners who go above and beyond in advocating for the small-business community. Four finalists and the overall winner will be honored at NSBA’s upcoming Washington Presentation on June 23, 2014 in Washington, D.C. Nominations are due April 25, 2014.

Now in its ninth year, the Advocate of the Year Award provides public recognition of the finalists’ and winner’s ongoing efforts to improve the small-business climate in the U.S.

NSBA is seeking small-business owners with the following qualifications:

  • A 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;
  • Success and growth as a small-business owner; and
  • Any other accomplishments demonstrating merit as an effective advocate for small-business interests.

Interested small-business owners are encouraged to complete the application form and email their packet to press@nsba.biz. NSBA is also accepting nominations of potential award candidates and will reach out directly to any individual nominated.

Click here to download the application packet

Click here to nominate another business owner.

Past winners of the NSBA Advocate of the Year Award include:

  • 2013 – Raymond Arth, President of Phoenix Products, Inc. in Avon Lake, Ohio, a 37-year strong faucet manufacturer and supplier specializing in recreational vehicles and manufactured housing.
  • 2011 – Grafton H. “Cap” Willey, IV, Managing director at CBIZ Tofias in Providence, R.I., a full service accounting, auditing, tax and consulting firm with over 40 years of experience.
  • 2010 – Michael Mitternight, president and owner of Factory Service Agency, Inc., a commercial air conditioning service and construction company in New Orleans.
  • 2009 – Thomas C. Pitrone, CFP and head of The Integrity Group in Willoughby, Ohio, a 25-year strong firm that provides financial services and advice to other small businesses.
  • 2008 – Joseph Melookaran, CPA, founder of JMA Chartered in Overland Park, Kansas, a professional services firm specializing in public assurance, IT, network design and security.
  • 2007 – Scott Hauge, president of Cal Insurance & Associates and executive director of Small Business California, a grassroots organization with significant influence in California;
  • 2006 – Robert Schmidt, founder of Cleveland Medical Devices Inc. and Orbital Research Inc., an active voice in state and national politics on taxation and commercialization; and
  • 2005 – Valerie W. Perlowitz, founder and CEO of Reliable Integration Services, Inc., a leader in technology issues serving on President George W. Bush’s IT Advisory Council