Morton Venture Award

The Morton Venture Award is annually awarded to a Morton business owner who has made a significant community impact.

Congratulations to Mark & Kim Johnson for winning
the 2023 Venture Award!

The Morton Venture Award recognizes a Morton business owner who has made a significant impact on the community and the people they employ through their business leadership, growth, and innovation. Nominations for the award are accepted in November and the award is presented to the winner during the Morton EDC’s Annual Symposium in March.

Morton Venture Award Winners

2023 – Mark and Kim Johnson, Knapp-Johnson Funeral Home

2022 – Brad Kniep, American Rentals

2021 – Bob Dittmer, Business and Community Development 

2020 – Bobby Hambrick, AutonomouStuff

2019 – David Mills, David Mills, CPA

2018 – Tim Leman, Sam Leman Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram Fiat

2017 – Sam Parrott, Season’s Gastropub and Development

2016 – Mike Murphy, Mike Murphy Ford

2015 – Phil Kuhl, Kuhl Insurance

2014 – Carol Lindstrom Aupperle, Oak Lawn Estates

2013 – Tom Marchal, The Iona Group

2012 – Jean Ann and Gordon Honegger, Morton Community Bank

2011 – Bill Morton, Morton Development

2010 – Katie VandenBerg, Eli’s Coffee Shop

2009 – Tom Menold, Morton Construction and Restoration