WOOSTER -- If this year's Business of the Year award winner has anything to say about it, attendees to the Jan. 15 annual dinner for the Wooster Area Chamber of Commerce will be eating steak, not chicken.
Certified Angus Beef has been named by the chamber board as the top business and attorney Margo Broehl was named as the Wall of Fame recipient.
Brent Eichar, senior vice president for the locally-based nonprofit arm of the American Angus Association, said the company was honored to be named as the Chamber's Business of the Year.
Eichar joked he's going to press the dinner be a Certified Angus Beef steak, instead of the traditional chicken served at hosting site Greenbriar Party and Conference Center.
"The credit goes to our employees," Eichar said of the success CAB has experienced recently.
After locating to Wooster in 1994 from West Salem, CAB has grown in size, stature, employee count and recognition.
The brand now works with more than 14,000 partner restaurants and grocery stores around the globe and enjoyed more than 875 million pounds of Angus beef. Just a few years ago, CAB opened its Education and Culinary Center in the former Jake's restaurant on Wooster's north end. And earlier this year, it was awarded a property tax abatement as it seeks to expand its current footprint by over 8,000 square feet of office and storage space.
The company also has enjoyed nation-wide recognition for its appearances on TV and Internet sites, such as its feature on an episode of the Travel Channel's "Bizarre Foods," in what Eichar called "coming full circle" for the brand.
Broehl is a graduate of The College of Wooster and the University of Akron Law School and has been practicing law since 1977 in Wooster. Her practice is concentrated in the areas of business, banking, estate planning, elder and probate law.
"This is such an iconic honor," Broehl said of the Wall of Fame honor, which she described as humbling. "What it means to me is that I'll need to work very, very hard to try to live up to it."
She has also been a long-standing board member at local companies and groups as the Apple Creek Banking Co., Prentke Romich Co. and Wooster Growth Corp., as well as being involved in various capacities at West View Manor, the Wayne County Public Library, Opportunity Products, Wooster Area Chamber of Commerce, Economic Development Committee, United Way, Every Woman's House and The College of Wooster.
She lives with her husband, David; both were students at The College of Wooster.
"Through my work at Wooster Growth, on the library board, with the Historical Society ... I have been fortunate to have worked side- by-side with many of the former honorees and am proud to consider them mentors and friends," Broehl said. "Each of these individuals shared a belief and a vision that Wooster is a community worth investing in, and each challenged us to do our best, in large ways and in our everyday lives, to make Wooster a better place. We do, indeed, stand on the shoulders of giants."
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