John K. & Luise V. Hanson honored with Legacy Award at Pappajohn Entrepreneur Gala

first_imgScott Soifer of McSoifer’s Incorporated of Charles City won the Young Entrepreneur of the Year award Derek Balsley of The Art of Education University in Osage won both the Entrepreneur of the Year and Business of the Year awards EZ Manufacturing of Charles City won the Innovation Award MASON CITY — The late John K. and Luise V. Hanson were honored with the Legacy Award at Tuesday night’s Pappajohn Entrepreneur Gala at North Iowa Area Community College. John K. Hanson in 1959 became the president of a Forest City recreational vehicle company that would eventually become Winnebago Industries, and then purchased what became Manufacturers Bank and Trust in 1967. The Hansons became one of north-central Iowa’s great philanthropists, establishing the Hanson Foundation which has contributed millions of dollars to enhance the quality of life for individuals in the area. Former Winnebago Industries CEO Bruce Hertzke spoke on behalf of the Hanson family last night, telling those in attendance about how John K. Hanson always wanted to make sure people stayed employed in Forest City, even during the tough times for the company.  “When you go back and you think about it, and you could look back, you could definitely see John K. was going to keep employees working. He was going to keep employees receiving a paycheck. He was going to make sure their employees and their families had healthcare, and he was going to make sure that they continue to stay in North Iowa. Because he had the confidence, and he knew that the industry would be back stronger than ever before.” Hertzke says all north-central Iowans have benefited from a Hanson Foundation donation.  “The Hanson family has truly impacted almost every family in Forest City and the North Iowa community from all of their contributions, whether it be through YMCA, the swimming pool, all the different projects that they did, all the nonprofits that they all contributed towards, definitely impacted all these people. I can also say that they have definitely made North Iowa a much better place for all of us to live in.” John K. Hanson died in 1996, while Luise V. Hanson passed away in 2003. Winners of other awards handed out at last night’s gala: Special recognition was given to Student Entrepreneur Sami Schupanitz of Sami’s Sock Monkeyslast_img read more


first_imgFAILTE Ireland today gave its support to a unique link-up between three golf clubs aimed at bringing more tourists to Donegal and Sligo.The clubs – County Sligo Golf Club at Rosses Point, Nairn & Portnoo and Donegal Golf Club Murvagh – are coming together for the unique scheme which will allow golfers to play all three during breaks.These three great links courses have joined forces to produce a Golf Pass that allows golfers to play all three, at their leisure for only €149 a price that is right up there with the best value for money in the market place at the moment. Speaking at the launch, Martin Donnelly from Fáilte Ireland said: “The project is a partnership between the three courses and Fáilte Ireland’s North West office, aimed at improving not only the golf offering but also providing the local accommodation base, with the opportunity to build packages for sale around the three rounds of golf. We hope that this in turn will entice customers to stay longer and of course spend more, during those longer stays.”Terry Brady, 2013 Captain of Rosses Point Golf Club said: “We are delighted to get this product launched in conjunction with our clubs in Donegal. These are very competitive times in the golf industry and whatever we can do to compete more effectively in the market place, is very welcome. Well done to our General Manager David O’Donovan for his work on the project.”Peter Sweeney, 2013 Captain of Donegal Golf Club Murvagh said: “I’d like to thank our partner clubs, Co. Sligo and Nairn & Portnoo together with Fáilte Ireland for their support on the development of this important golf product and also say well done to Grainne Dorrian, our Manager who worked on the project.”Hugh Shovlin, 2013 Captain of Nairn & Portnoo Golf club went on to say, “Nairn & Portnoo Golf Club is always striving to improve our golf offering and by reaching out to our local clubs through the North West Links Golf Pass, we now have a great value, county wide product that we feel can compete in terms of quality and value for money, well done to Daragh Lyons our Club Professional and all the group working on the development”. The Golf Pass is support by 10,000 A5 flyers ready for distribution throughout accommodation premises in Sligo & Donegal and throughout Ireland and the Golf Pass itself can be purchased by contacting Donegal Golf Club, Nairn & Portnoo Golf Club or County Sligo Golf Club.Going forward, the North West Links Golf Pass will be promoted on the club web sites, and through Tourism Ireland’s web site for the overseas markets, together with upcoming golf, trade and general consumer shows in Ireland and overseas.  GOLF COURSES CLUB TOGETHER TO BRING MORE TOURISTS TO THE NORTH WEST was last modified: May 8th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GOLF COURSES CLUB TOGETHER TO BRING MORE TOURISTS TO THE NORTH WESTlast_img read more