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Chamber announces Community Service, Outstanding Small Business and Chamber Legacy Award recipients

Wednesday, January 20, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Eric Dimoff
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Awards to be Presented at 104th Annual Dinner on Thursday, February 25

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. 2015 award winners include:

  • Mark Hooper, founding partner of Andrews Hooper Pavlik, PLC as recipient of the Community Service Award
  • M3 Group, Outstanding Small Business Award
  • Sohn Linen Service with the Chamber Legacy Award

These exceptional regional business leaders and their organizations will be recognized for their accomplishments at the 104th Annual Dinner event, which will be held as follows:

Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce
2016 Annual Dinner

Thursday, February 25
5:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center

Mark Hooper will be honored with the Community Service award. Hooper has practiced public accounting for 40 years and is widely recognized as one of the top tax accountants in mid-Michigan. Since 1993, Hooper has served as a founding partner of Andrews Hooper Pavlik PLC, a regional CPA firm with offices in Okemos, Grand Rapids, Saginaw, Bay City, Midland and Owosso. Mark’s association with Capital Community Angels, a local angel investment group, is evidence of his passion for improving the economic environment in our community through the group’s support of local entrepreneurs. Mark and his wife Marcie financially support many charitable causes in the greater Lansing region. Mark also devotes significant amounts of time and his considerable talents to improving the effectiveness of local nonprofit and charitable organizations, including; serving as a board member of the Capital Region Community Foundation, including serving as board chair; serving as a board member of Ele’s Place, including as board chair; serving as a member of Rotary since 1977, including serving as chair of the Rotary Club of Lansing’s Centennial Celebration Steering Committee, and many other organizations.

The Outstanding Small Business Award will be awarded to M3 Group and its CEO Tiffany Dowling, who founded the company in 2002. M3 Group provides marketing services, digital strategies, sales support, videography, website development, graphic design, publication design, event planning, public relations, social media management, consulting services, brand creation and management, media buying and advertising services. In 2007, Dowling became editor and publisher of Capital Area Women’s Lifestyle Magazine, which is the only women’s publication serving the Greater Lansing region. In 2013, Dowling purchased the Greater Lansing Business Monthly, the premier business publication in the region. ing Magazine, a student publication written by MSU students joined the M3 Group family in 2015. M3 Group currently has 18 employees and looks to further develop as a statewide competitor.

Sohn Linen Service will receive the Chamber Legacy Award, celebrating 65 years as a Lansing Regional Chamber member. Sohn Linen Service was founded in 1933 by Joe P. and Al J. Sohn. At that time, the business was known as Sohn Bros. Linen Service and was operated from a small laundry in North Lansing. In 1954, the name was changed to Sohn Linen Service. In 1960, a new building was constructed on East Grand River Avenue in Lansing, with additions in 1976 and 1995.Construction was completed in 2002 on the company’s state-of-the-art distribution center and company offices on Wood Street in Lansing. Sohn Linen Service has been a proud member and supporter of the greater Lansing area for over 75 years.

Click here to purchase tickets for the Lansing Regional Chamber Annual Dinner. For additional information, please contact Travis Richardson at 517-853-6463 or


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