Wolfhead Distillery & Iron Kettle B&B Among 2018 Business Excellence Award Winners

Wolfhead Distillery and Iron Kettle Bed & Breakfast, two hot spots for locals and tourists, were among the recipients of the 28th Annual Business Excellence Awards.

(Photo above: From left to right: Chef Larry Girard with Sue and Tom Manherz of Wolfhead Distillery Inc. with their New Business of the Year Award at the 28th annual Windsor Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards held at St. Clair College Centre for the Arts on Wednesday, April 11, 2018. Photo courtesy of Wolfhead Distillery Inc.)

Wolfhead Distillery, located in Amherstburg Ontario, is the area’s first ultra-premium craft distillery producing small batch vodka & whisky flavoured spirits. They have set themselves apart from dozens of local wineries and craft breweries.

Back in 2016, even before Wolfhead opened and during Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island’s Staycation Expo, Sue Manherz told Eyes On Windsor that there was a lot of interest and calls to reserve space at the distillery.

Wolfhead Distillery was presented with the New Business of the Year Award during the 2018 Windsor Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards.

The Iron Kettle Bed & Breakfast located in Comber, Ontario, boasts small town charm and a unique history. The owner’s skills and experience in the hospitality and culinary industry is what sets this friendly B&B apart from others. They attract business travelers and tourists from around the world. In an interview, the Iron Kettle told Eyes On Windsor, what makes them so different and why the place “sizzles”.

Gordon Orr, C.E.O., Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island, with Iron Kettle Bed and Breakfast owners, Ginette Tremblay, and Chef Benjamin Leblanc-Beaudoin.

From left to right: Gordon Orr, C.E.O., Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island, with Iron Kettle Bed and Breakfast owners, Ginette Tremblay, and Chef Benjamin Leblanc-Beaudoin. The Iron Kettle won the Tourism and Hospitality Award at the 28th annual Windsor Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards held at St. Clair College Centre for the Arts on Wednesday, April 11, 2018. Photo by Jason Toner and courtesy of Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island.

The Iron Kettle was presented with the Tourism and Hospitality of the Year Award during the 2018 Windsor Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards.

On April 17, more awards will be handed out in the tourism and hospitality industry during Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island’s 2018 Best of Windsor Essex Awards presentation.

Additionally, TWEPI will be featuring hundreds of things to do locally at Devonshire Mall during the annual Windsor Essex Staycation Expo on April 27-28, 2018.

The Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce’s 28th Annual Business Excellence Awards, presented by the Windsor Star, were announced at St. Clair College Centre for the Arts on Wednesday, April 11, 2018.

Since 1991, the Business Excellence Awards has become the premier business event of the year, recognizing professional individuals and companies who have set standards and demonstrated achievements that have contributed to the prosperity and business development in Windsor and Essex County.

2018 Business Excellence Award Recipients & Nominees

The Mid-Size Company of the Year Award, sponsored by RBC Royal Bank, went to Baron Championship Rings. Other nominees included Flexible Industrial Solutions, and Kinder Academy.

The New Business of the Year Award, sponsored by EPICentre, University of Windsor, went to Wolfhead Distillery Inc. Other nominees included Exodus Escape Rooms, and Thrive Benefits Group Inc.

The Believe Windsor Essex Award, sponsored by WFCU Credit Union, went to Michael Schlater, CEO, Domino’s Pizza of Canada.

The Innovation Award, sponsored by Union Gas, went to Inspire HUB Technologies Inc. Other nominees included K3D Inc., and Ro-Matt International Inc.

The Small Company of the Year Award, sponsored by Families First, went to Forest Glade Tecumseh Veterinary Professional Corporation. Other nominees included Anchor Coffee House Inc., and Sentry Windows & Doors.

The Pillars of our Community Award, sponsored by Motor City Community Credit Union, went to Transition to Betterness. Other nominees included Assisted Living Southwestern Ontario, and Windsor-Essex Children’s Aid Society.

The Young Professional of the Year Award, sponsored by Libro Credit Union, went to Dr. Abby Jakob, Optometrist/Owner, EYES Optometry. Other nominees included Dr. Maxwell Abraham, Orthodontist, Owner, Abraham Orthodontics, and Dr. Jackie Vandereerden, Doctor, South Walkerville Medical Centre.

The ATHENA Award, sponsored by BELL, went to Pat Soulliere, President, Soulliere Financial Group.

The Tourism and Hospitality Award, sponsored by Caesars Windsor and OLG, went to The Iron Kettle Bed and Breakfast. Other nominees included Food & Beverage (F&B), and Smashed Apple Catering Inc.

The Professional of the Year Award, sponsored by TD Bank Group, went to Dan Gemus, Owner/Broker of Record, Dan Gemus Real Estate Team. Other Nominees included Dr. Meighan Valero, Naturopathic Doctor, Meighan Valero Naturopathic Professional Corporation, and Lisa Williams, Radio Host of AM800 The Morning Drive.

The Entrepreneur of the Year Award, sponsored by St. Clair College, Vince Schiller, Owner/President, Southwestern Manufacturing. Other nominees included Radu Bogdanel, President, Fulger Transport Inc., and Ernie Nesbitt, Owner, Jose’s Bar and Grill.

The Large Company of the Year Award, sponsored by BMO Bank of Montreal, went to Aphria. Other nominees included Fortis Group, and Highbury Canco Corporation.

Congratulations to all finalists and award winners.

For more information about the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce visit: http://www.windsorchamber.org