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LRCC Announces Award Recipients!

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The Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce Announces Winners of Prestigious Community Service,

Outstanding Small Business and Chamber Legacy Awards

Awards to be Presented at 103rd Annual Dinner on Tuesday, February 10


(Lansing, MI) – The Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce (LRCC) has announced the winners of three major annual awards all of which will be presented at LRCC’s upcoming Annual Dinner.  2014 award winners include:

· Pat McPharlin, MSU Federal Credit Union and Tim Staudt, WILX-TV as recipients of the Community Service award

·         Friedland Industries, Outstanding Small Business award, and

·         Lumber Town Holt with the Chamber Legacy award


These exceptional regional business leaders and their organizations will be recognized for their accomplishments at the 103rd Annual Dinner on Tuesday, February 10.  The event will be held as follows:

Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce

2015 Annual Dinner

Tuesday, February 10

5:15 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center


Pat McPharlin, CEO and president of Michigan State University Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU), and Tim Staudt, sports director of WILX TV 10, have been named co-winners of the Community Service Award for their time and expertise in making Greater Lansing a better community and for demonstrating excellence, creativity and initiative in both their businesses and careers.


McPharlin began working at the world’s largest university-based credit union 1973 after receiving his B.S. from MSU and Masters of Management from Aquinas College. McPharlin is extremely active in the Greater Lansing community through his membership to a number of boards in the Lansing area. From the Board of Directors of the Lansing Economic Area Partnership to being treasurer of the MSU National Alumni Association, McPharlin is incredibly involved in making Greater Lansing a better community. McPharlin has also received countless awards including the Distinguished Service Award, induction into the Hall of Fame by Michigan Credit Union League and CEO of the Year by the National Association of Federal Credit Unions.

Staudt, otherwise known as the “Dean of Sports” in the Lansing area, has worked for WILX-TV since 1980. Staudt received his B.A. in Journalism from MSU, has hosted countless TV and radio shows, and published a number of articles and books regarding his experience in the sports-broadcasting field. Not only does Staudt discuss sports on his talk show on Channel 10, but goes further to promote community activities and fundraising initiatives. Staudt’s devotion to youth, high school, college and professional sports over 40 years distinguishes him from any broadcaster in history, which is why he is a member of the Lansing Area Sports Hall of Fame. Staudt’s commitment to fundraising efforts through the Sparrow Foundation and Spartan Marching Band for Kid’s Concert depicts his adoration for the Greater Lansing community.


The Outstanding Small Business Award will be awarded to Friedland, Industries  and CEO Larry Bass for exemplifying innovation, commitment to the community and diversity, and perseverance as a small business. Friedland, Inc. has contributed to the improvement of the Greater Lansing area through its recycling strategies since 1886. Friedland’s role in the recycling process is to separate, clean, shear, shred, sort and bale commodity metals, which are then delivered to refineries and mills to be ultimately reshaped into new products. To rid negative connotations of the industry, Friedland focuses on outreach programs like educational tours to inform the community of the vitality of recycling metals. Friedland uses these methods to explain that recycling is important because it has value and a future purpose that will help to make the Lansing community and beyond a better place.


Lumber Town Holt will receive the Chamber Legacy Award  celebrating 62 years as a Lansing Regional Chamber member. .. Originally opened in Coldwater, MI, Legg Lumber and Hardware recently celebrated their 130th year as a family-owned business in 2014. Legg Lumber and Hardware was the first lumber company opened in Michigan in 1884. After surviving the ruthless conditions of the Great Depression, Lumber Town Holt was opened in Holt in 1952, the third location of the Legg Lumber investments in Michigan. Lumber Town Holt values hard work, trust, and a "stick to it" attitude, which is prevalent in its commitment to Greater Lansing. Lumber Town Holt takes pride in providing community homes and businesses with quality lumber, roofing, siding and doors, while delivering excellent customer service.  Lumber Town Holt Chairman Louis “Ned” Legg served as the President of the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce in 1969.  


Tickets for the Lansing Regional Chamber Annual Dinner are available by contacting Travis Richardson at 517-853-6463 or Registration and additional information can be found at


The mission of the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce (LRCC) is to be the preeminent business advocacy organization in the Greater Lansing region by collaborating for economic growth, creating new opportunities for our members and upholding pro-business ideals through the advancement of sound public policy. More information about LRCC and its programs and services can be found on any of its social media platforms, including, Facebook, Twitter (@Lansing Chamber), Linked In and You Tube.

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