The Annual Summit Awards honor leading business people and organizations who have contributed to the economic and cultural growth of the region. Each of the awardees is carefully selected from the many businesses and organizations in the region for their outstanding performance and excellence in their qualifying category.
Awardee: The Evans Williams Law Group, LLC. – Click for more info.
A Joliet native, Attorney Cathe R. Evans Williams started her private law practice in Chicago in 1996. She now practices in Homewood, Illiniois in the areas of family law, alternative dispute resolution, estate planning, real estate, business
formation, family mediation, bankruptcy, and general counsel work for for-profit and not-for-profit corporations.
Awardee: Vernon Reed. – Click for more info.
To quote from the nomination of Vernon Reed, “Vernon Reed is a true example of Leadership, Education, and Training and serves as a role model to his students and the community.”
Vernon Reed himself says he has an unwavering commitment to educating youth about duty, honor and service through the teachings of Naval Science, and that he uses his twenty years of service in the United States Navy to guide his approach in
order to provide a high impact training experience for high school students.
Awardee: Tasha Brown – Click for more info.
Tasha Brown is the Associate Director of the Illinois Small Business Development Center at the Women’s Business Development Center’s South Suburban satellite office, located in Richton Park. For those of you who like acronyms, that is the Illinois SBDC at the WBDC.
Awardee: The Grande Prairie Choral Arts – Click for more info.
The Grande Prairie Choral Arts is a not for profit 501-c-3 corporation. The organization consists of both the Grande Prairie Singers and the Grande Prairie Children’s Choir. The organization employs an artistic staff responsible for all musical aspects and an administrative staff responsible for day-to-day operations.
Awardee: Ronyae Spearmon – Click for more info.
Ronyae Spearmon is a Junior at Crete-Monee High School, where she is in some Advanced Placement and dual credit courses. She participates in track and is the manager of the dance team. She has participated in some community activities, such as the Annual STEAM Night (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math).
Ronyae’s business, Independent Hustler, is a manufacturing and retail business owned solely by her. The company manufactures and sells comfortable clothing and other accessories to trendy teenagers throughout the Chicagoland south suburban area. It was started as a class project in March 2019 when Ronyae was a student in a Small Business Management class.