12 Catholic business leaders to receive annual award

| August 4, 2011 | 0 Comments

A marketer, a high school principal and a cable television executive are among the dozen Catholics chosen to receive the 2011 Leading With Faith Awards from The Catholic Spirit.

Nominated by co-workers and others for bringing their faith to the workplace and sharing their gifts with the community, the honorees will be recognized at noon on Thursday, Sept. 15, during a lunch at  the Rauenhorst Ballroom on the St. Catherine University campus.

Archbishop John Nienstedt will present each with the Leading With Faith Award.

This year’s honorees

To be honored as recipients of The Catholic Spirit’s Leading With Faith Award this year are:

In the small business category:

» Bob Balk, owner of St. George Catholic Books & Gifts, and a parishioner of St. Paul, Ham Lake.

» William S. Bojan Jr., founder and CEO of Integrated Governance Solutions,  and a member of St. Hubert, Chanhassen.

» Jackie Jacobs Gibney, president and co-owner of Jacobs Marketing, and a member of St. Therese, Deephaven.

» Jim Reinhardt, owner of Qualified Rehabilitation Consultants, and a member of Holy Family, St. Louis Park.

» Robert J. Strachota, president of Shenehon Company, and a parishioner of Our Lady of Grace, Edina.

» Martin D. Schutz, attorney and partner, Flower and Schutz, who attends St. John the Baptist, New Brighton.

In the large business category:

» Paul Leighton, partner, North Star Financial, and a member of St. John Neumann, Eagan.

» Larry LeJeune, chairman and CEO of LeJeune Investment, and a member of St. Bartholomew, Wayzata.

In the nonprofit category:

» Mark Dienhart, executive vice president and chief operating officer of the University of St. Thomas, and a parishioner of Nativity of Our Lord, St. Paul.

» Richard R. Engler, president /principal of Cretin-Derham Hall High School, and a member of St. John Neumann, Eagan.

» Gay L. Jacobson, operations director of Metro Cable Network, and a member of Immaculate Conception, Columbia Heights.

» John LeBlanc, director of development, marketing and communications at St. Therese of New Hope and Oxbow Lake, and a member of Christ the King, Minneapolis.

Affirming Catholic values

Judging this years nominees were Jim Mulrooney, a former member of The Catholic Spirit board of directors, and two past-winners of the Leading With Faith Award: Tom Tierney, president and CEO of Tierney Brothers, and John Kingrey, executive director of the Minnesota County Attorneys Association.

The Catholic Spirit initiated the Leading With Faith Awards in 2002 to affirm Catholics whose business practices and work habits are guided by their Catholic values and reflect the teachings of Jesus Christ and his church.

Sponsoring the 2011 awards is patron sponsor Nuveen Asset Management of U.S. Bank, and sponsors Catholic United Financial and the Catholic Community Foundation.

To make reservations to attend the 2011 awards luncheon, contact Mary Gibbs at (651) 251-7709 or gibbsm@archspm.org.

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