Sam Montella Business Person of the Year Award

The Park Forest Economic Development Advisory Group (EDAG) Sam Montella Business Person of the Year Award is an annual award recognizing one Park Forest business owner for their contributions to the community through charitable work, service, and making a difference. Nominate a business owner today!

The award was renamed in 2015 in memory of former EDAG Chairman Sam Montella, a former Park Forest businessman and influential force in the Village's business community. 

Watch this year's Sam Montella Park Forest Business Person of the Year Award presentation below. 

Past Winners

Select the highlighted names of past recipients to view presentations of their award.

2009 Janet Fiorenzo (Tower Cleaners) 

2010 Alan Franklin (Muzicnet) 

2011 Jim McDannel (Lifetime Automotive Repair) 

2012 Mike Jordan (State Farm Insurance) 

2013 Alia and Earl Davis (Quality Classic Health & Fitness) 

2014 Bree Breelove (State Farm Insurance) 

2015 Yvette M. Jones (Realtor)

2016 Patricia Moore (Artist)

2017 Ed Czupryn (Park Forest Currency Exchange)

2018 April May Washington (April's Safe Haven Childcare)

2019 Janet Fiorenzo (Tower Cleaners) 

2020 Rick Nesbit (Vintrendi Wine Company)

2021 Janet Fiorenzo (Tower Cleaners)