Ambassador of the Year

Presented at the Annual Awards Gala held each January, the Ambassador of the Year is awarded to a member of the green-coated Chamber Ambassadors for his/her outstanding service.

Business of the Year

Named in memory of A.J. “Toche” Terrones, who served as Chamber President for nearly a decade until his death in July of 1999, the annual award is given based on a member’s contributions to the Chamber’s success, to the betterment of both the business community and Elmhurst community, and impact in their field of business, each in the given year and historically, along with years in business and years as a Chamber member.

The award, which features a traveling trophy and permanent plaque, is presented at the Annual Awards Gala held each January.

Chairman’s Award

Presented at the Annual Awards Gala held each January, the Chairman’s Award is given to either a member of the Chamber’s Board of Directors for his/her outstanding service to the Board, Board Chair and President/CEO, or a non-Director for praiseworthy contributions or performance.

Civic Hall of Fame

Created in 1992, the Elmhurst Chamber of Commerce & Industry Civic Hall of Fame honors as inductees individuals who have made major contributions to the Elmhurst community.  From its inception through 2008, the induction ceremony was part of Elmfest’s Opening Ceremonies on Friday night.  The 2009 induction was held at the “Salute to…” Spring Luncheon in April of 2010.  Starting in 2011 with the 2010 honoree, inductions have been held at the Annual Awards Gala held each January.

Duke of Elmhurst

The honorary title is bestowed upon individuals on special occassions in recognition of their accomplishments and/or service to the Chamber.

Good Works Award

Named in memory of the late Chamber President, A.J. “Toche” Terrones, who led the Chamber for nearly 10 years until his death the night before the 1999 Golf Outing, the Good Works Award is given to individuals for their commitment to the Chamber in general and Golf Outing in particular.  The award is presented at the Golf Outing held each July.

2017 Winner

Good Works Award

Ken Bartels

Community Bank of Elmhurst

Ken Bartels Consulting

2016 Winners

A.J. “Toche” Terrones Business of the Year

Roberto’s Ristorante & Pizzeria

Generations of restaurant owner Vito Moreci’s family share in his joy

Chairman’s Award

Charity Ahlgrim

Civic Hall of Fame

Darrell Whistler

Good Works Award

Dare Messina*

* Awarded Posthumously