Business success and community involvement were lauded during last week’s awards banquet hosted by the Belgium Area Chamber of Commerce.
The event was held Wednesday, Nov. 4, at Cedar Beach Inn.
Lanser Garage & Towing was named the Chamber’s Business of the Year.
Founded by George Lanser, the company is now run by his daughter and son-in-law, Donna and Randy Ingelse.
“The Lanser and Ingelse families have also been involved with the Belgium Fire Department for many years,” Chamber Executive Director Sara Jacoby noted during the award presentation. Randy Ingelse is a former fire chief and the company continues to provide vehicles for training exercises.
“The Village of Belgium is fortunate to have a dedicated family to care for lives in so many different ways,” Jacoby said.
Another cornerstone of the business community, Wester Electric, was honored with the Business Improvement Award.
Founded in 1955 by Norman Wester, the company is now managed by his son, Dean. The business recently opened a new shop at 251 Lakeview Dr.
Community leader and business owner John Jentges Jr. was recognized with the Distinguished Service Award.
A lifelong farmer, Jentges bought the first backhoe in the area for his excavating business and installed one of the first mound systems in the state.
Jentges got into the water well business in the 1970s when he purchased Bares Pump Service.
He became involved in the Wisconsin Water Well Association, Wisconsin Onsite Water Recycling Association, Wisconsin Independent Business Association, National Federation of Independent Businesses and Wisconsin Property Taxpayers Association.
Jentges has been a member of the Belgium American Legion Post since its inception and the Belgium Lions Club for more than 46 years.
He also served on the Belgium Fire Department for a decade and was secretary at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Lake Church for 23 years.
In other Chamber honors, Kyle Peiffer was named Youth Volunteer of the Year for his involvement in youth sports programs and St. Mark Lutheran Church was recognized with the Community Beautification Award for the addition to its worship and fellowship space.
THE BELGIUM AREA Chamber of Commerce honored area businesses and community leaders at its Nov. 4 awards banquet. Honored were (from left) Randy Ingelse representing Lanser Garage & Towing; Distinguished Service Award winner John Jentges; Youth Volunteer Award winner Kyle Peiffer; Nathan Kuerschner of St. Mark Lutheran Church; and John Balint of Wester Electric. Photo by Sam Arendt