FLINT — For the eighth consecutive year, Flint & Genesee Group celebrated some of the region’s most exemplary businesses, community leaders and hospitality professionals at the 2022 Art of Achievement Awards.
More than 85 companies and organizations and 100 individuals were contenders for 14 awards presented this evening at the FIM Capitol Theater in downtown Flint. In addition, the Group recognized recipients of the Art Hurand Award, the CS Mott Award and this year’s Economic Development Project of the Year Award.
“The beauty of Art of Achievement is the diverse group of people and organizations it celebrates,” said Tim Herman, CEO of the Flint & Genesee Group. “This year’s awards range from a hotel security guard with a great passion for his job to a company investing in the latest technologies to support early cancer detection. While each has their own unique story, they share a commitment to excellence and play an important role in the success of our community.”
The ceremony consisted of two awards, including hospitality and business. Among this year’s honorees are:
Attraction of the Year Award – Back to the Bricks
Flint & Genesee Certified Tourism Ambassador Award: Jessica Lynn Taylor, CTA
First Line Ambassador of the Year Award – Elizabeth Sykes, Envoy Airlines at Bishop International Airport
Gloria DeHart Community Champion Award – Dr. Dallas Gatlin, Carriage Town Ministries
Hotel Ambassador of the Year Award – Kenyarta Hart, Holiday Inn Express Flint-Campus Area
Award Hotel of the Year – Hilton Garden Inn Flint Downtown
Award Restaurant of the Year – Blondie’s Food & Spirits
Art Hurand Award – Coach Linnell Jones-McKenney, Sylvester Broome Empowerment Village
Business Impact Award – Regional Medical Imaging
CS Mott Award – Steve and Rosanne Heddy
Claire M. White Award – Shane Jackson, extension of Michigan State University
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Champion Award – Mott Community College
Award for Economic Development Project of the Year – Horticulture
Minority-Owned Business Award – Prestige Cleaning Services of Michigan
Non Profit Impact Award – FIM
Small Business Award – 3Sixty Interactive
Young Professional Leaders Award – Kelly Price, McFarlan Home
The presenting sponsor for this year’s event was Blue Cross Blue Shield and Blue Care Network of Michigan. Additional sponsors included: Al Serra Auto Plaza, sponsored the red carpet; McLaren Flint, the photography; Skypoint Ventures, the dessert; and ABC12, the master of ceremonies. Back to the Bricks, Little Caesars/MAC Foods, Mott Community College and Yeo & Yeo also served as sponsors of the seating area.
Individual prize sponsors included Bishop International Airport, Chase Bank, Communities First, Community Foundation of Greater Flint, ELGA Credit Union, Food Bank of Eastern Michigan, Health Alliance Plan, Huntington National Bank, Mass Transportation Authority, MLive Media Group, United Way of Genesee County and University of Michigan – Flint.