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Bolingbrook Chamber acknowledges its best in business

Published: Wednesday, March 13, 2013 2:00 p.m. CDT
Abdul Vayani, owner of EZ on Wireless in Bolingbrook, checks out the nominees during the Bolingbrook Area Chamber of Commerce annual Best of Bolingbrook Business (BOBB) awards at the Bolingbrook Golf Club Friday, March 8. (Photo by Matthew Piechalak — mpiechalak@shawmedia.com)

BOLINGBROOK — Advantage Chevrolet Bolingbrook earned the top honor at Friday's annual Best of Bolingbrook Business awards dinner.

The event, hosted by the Bolingbrook Area Chamber of Commerce at the Bolingbrook Golf Club, drew more than 380 community members, including business and local government leaders, making it the biggest turnout ever for the dinner, according to Bolingbrook Area Chamber of Commerce CEO and President Michael Carpanzano.

Advantage Chevrolet was named 2013 Business of the Year, a title reserved for the local business that best displays outstanding business leadership, exceeds industry standards and displays continued support to the Bolingbrook community.

Advantage Chevrolet owner Desmond Roberts and VP of Variable Operations John P. Fischer accepted the award.

"The village of Bolingbrook has been very good to us during the past six-and-a-half years, we feel very privileged to be a part of this community," Roberts said as he accepted the award.

In 2012, Advantage Chevrolet of Bolingbrook Chevrolet ranked second out of 73 General Motors dealerships in the region for customer service satisfaction, according to Roberts.

This spring, Advantage Chevrolet of Bolingbrook will remodel their location. Roberts announced the construction at Friday's awards dinner, adding that the he hopes the renovation will revitalize and beautify the neighborhood.

Five other local businesses and organizations won awards Friday. American Family Insurance, COTG, DuAll Heating and Cooling, BD Mongolian Grill and DuPage Township all won their respective categories.

Longtime residents Sandra Swinkunas and Pat Fiaccato received honorary awards for their years of business savvy, community stewardship and continued leadership.

Fiaccato earned the 2013 Business Leadership award and Swinkunas the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award.

"I truly have enjoyed what I've done, the people I've worked with and the people I've met," Swinkunas said after accepting the award. "This award was very unexpected; I do what I do because I love doing it. I wanted to give back, I wanted to make a difference, and I think I have done both."

Comedian Pat McGann emceed the event, offering the occasional roast of various community leaders and drawing many laughs from the record crowd.

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