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Newport Business Association Names Officers, Gives Awards

The Newport Business Association (NBA) hosted its Annual Meeting and Presentation of Awards on Wednesday at the Newport Syndicate. 

Falcon Theatre presented a preview of their upcoming live production of A Streetcar Names Desire.

Mayor Jerry Pelusio administered the oath of office to the 2018 officers and board members. Mark Ramler (Mansion Hill Properties) will continue to serve as president. Bev Holiday (City of Newport) is vice president, Tammy Weidinger (Brighton Center) is secretary, and Drew Bach (Michael P. Bach, P.S.C.) is treasurer.

Board members are Michael Bach (Michael P. Bach, P.S.C.), Lynne Cole (Republic Bank), Charlie Fry (Master Fry Defense Systems), John Marlow (Mokka and the Sunset Bar & Grill), Jack Moreland (Southbank Partners), Jaimie Niemczura (American Diversified Development), Marvin Polinsky (retired), Tete Turner (Newport Independent Schools), Larry Weber (Huntington Bank), and Chris Bednar (Nexigen).

The following awards were presented:

Community Leadership Award:  The Catalytic Fund – Jeanne Schroer

Volunteer Award: Barbie, Barnes, EEG Clinical Manager St. Elizabeth Healthcare and LiveWell Newport Co-Chair

Business of the Year Award: Hampton Inn & Suites – Shaun Pan and Steve Chen, owners

New Business of the Year Award: Wooden Cask Brewing Company - Karen and Randy Schiltz, owners

New Business Award of the Year Award: Jet Age Records - Kevin, Tom and Mike Schraer, owners

Long Standing Service – The “Marvin” Award (Bdenotes a long-standing non-wavering commitment to the City of Newport and the Greater Northern Kentucky region as evidenced by retired Newport business owner and NBA Board member, Marvin Polinsky.)

Two businesses received this honor: Rolf Monument (Tim Rolf, owner), and the Haas Family, which operates National Band & Tag Co., The Hofbrauhaus, Trent Montessori, and the Footlighters at the Stained Glass Theatre.

Special Recognition was presented to Mark Neikirk, the executive director of the Scripps Howard Center for Civic Engagement at Northern Kentucky University and Dr. Brian Hackett, an associate professor at NKU where he leads the master's in public history program.

Both worked together to secure grants and provide volunteer opportunities leading up to the creation of the Newport History Museum at The Southgate School.

-Staff report