FLINT — For the eighth year in a row, Flint & Genesee Group celebrated some of the region’s most exemplary businesses, community leaders and hospitality professionals during the 2022 Art of Achievement Awards.
More than 85 companies and organizations and 100 individuals were nominated for 14 awards that were presented this evening at the FIM Capitol Theater in downtown Flint. In addition, the Group recognized this year’s winners of the Art Hurand Award, the CS Mott Award and the Economic Development Project of the Year Award.
“The wonderful thing about Art of Achievement is the diverse group of people and organizations it celebrates,” said Tim Herman, CEO of Flint & Genesee Group. “This year’s honorees range from a hotel security guard with a deep passion for his work to a company investing in the latest technologies to support early cancer detection. While all they have their own unique history, share a commitment to excellence and play an important role in the success of our community.”
The ceremony featured two areas of awards, including hospitality and business. This year’s honorees include:
Attraction of the Year Award – Back to the Bricks
Flint & Genesee Certified Tourism Ambassador Award: Jessica Lynn Taylor, CTA
Topline 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
Hotel of the Year Award: Hilton Garden Inn Flint Downtown
Restaurant of the Year Award – 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, Michigan State University Extension
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Champion Award – Mott Community College
Economic Development Project of the Year Award – Construction of gardens
Minority-Owned Business Award: Prestige Janitorial Services of Michigan
Non-profit Impact Award – FIM
Small Business Award – 3Sixty Interactive
Young Professional Leader 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 include: Al Serra Auto Plaza, Red Carpet Sponsor; McLaren Flint, photography; Skypoint Ventures, desserts; and ABC12, the master of ceremonies. In addition, Back to the Bricks, Little Caesars/MAC Foods, Mott Community College and Yeo & Yeo served as seating section sponsors.
Individual award 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.