Tom Radamacher

Chamber to host annual Meeting of the Membership

January 27, 2011 // 0 Comments

Rockford Chamber of Commerce to celebrate 50-year anniversary  The Rockford Chamber of Commerce (RCC) is preparing to host its annual Meeting of the Membership on Friday, Jan. 28. The premier event will be the launch for the chamber’s 50th year in existence and will feature a special evening of excellent food, lively entertainment and good company. “This is a very exciting time for the chamber,” said RCC Executive Director Brenda Davis. “We are not only celebrating our past and the wonderful loyalty of our membership and volunteers, but are also looking forward to a very promising future filled with change and progressive thinking. We look at the upcoming annual meeting as an important way to note our past history and to show what the chamber’s board and staff have planned for the upcoming year. This includes an interactive website, networking opportunities, an impressive event schedule, and a revamped newsletter, to name just a few.” The event will take place at the Geoffrey B. Bloom Auditorium, housed in the corporate headquarters of Wolverine World Wide Inc., 9341 Courtland Drive, Rockford. The evening will feature keynote speaker Tom Rademacher, author and talented columnist of the Grand Rapids Press. Through the years, Rademacher has provided a voice for those both struggling and soaring in the area. Two other highlights of the annual event will be the announcement of the Business of Distinction awards and the Year in Review. The awards honor area businesses for going above and beyond the call of duty. Award nominees are as follows: • Business of the Year: Fluis, Inc.; Great Northern Trading Co.; Herman’s Boy, Inc.; United Bank of Michigan • Dining/Entertainment: Rogue River Tavern; The Corner Bar; The Dam Dogs; Timbers Inn & Restaurant • Manufacturing: Alloy Exchange, Inc.; ITW Dahti Seating; Wolverine World Wide, Inc. • Retail: A Charmed Life…Nail Salon; Double Take Resale, LLC; WAR Chest Boutique • Service: Creative Concepts; Innovative Sound Solutions; Macatawa Bank; Nance-Martin Accounting Service; Principal Financial Group • Quality of Life: Rockford Area Arts Commission; Rockford Education Foundation • New Business: AIC Insurance Services; Institute for Neuro Muscular Medicine & Rehabilitation; The Dam Taxi For the Year in Review, Jeff Lewis, RCC board member and owner of Fluis Inc., will take the audience on a […]

Rockford resident, long-time newspaperman launches book of his favorite columns

December 18, 2009 // 0 Comments

Two signings scheduled He’s not Santa Claus, but he is bearing gifts for sale—and just in time for the holidays. Tom Rademacher, a resident of Rockford and recently retired from a 31-year career at The Grand Rapids Press, will host two book signings in town to celebrate the release of his first collection of columns, entitled “Splitting Wood.” The first will take place from noon until 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 19 at the Rotary Pavilion in downtown Rockford, across from Arnie’s Bakery and Restaurant on Squires Street. The second will occur from 9 to 11 a.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 22 at MVP Athletic Club, at the northeast corner of East Division Street and Northland Drive NE, Rockford. Rademacher, who’s 55, works there part-time as a lifeguard. “Splitting Wood” contains nearly 100 columns culled from Rademacher’s 21 years as a columnist, during which he interviewed thousands of people with stories to tell. His work recently earned him the top national award from the National Society of Newspaper Columnists, competing in the general interest category against writers from the largest newspapers in the United States. But the accolades, he says, belong to “the people who opened up their doors to me, who said yes when I came knocking, and who sometimes didn’t even know they had something extraordinary to offer.” The best stories, he says, “almost always came from the guy next door, the lady down the street, some kid playing around the corner. I’ve interviewed presidents and movie stars and sports icons, but it was everyday people who had the most to share, who were doing something profound, even if it was something so common as showing up for work.” The book, which he’s self-publishing under the name Lake Michigan Books, is endorsed by some heavy hitters, including “Heloise,” the one-name icon whose “Hints from Heloise” column has been a staple for decades. “Tom… is a journalist with a heart as big as my home state of Texas,” says Heloise. “He writes about real people and real situations in a way that will make you laugh and cry. You will be touched by his stories.” Rademacher’s book also carries high praise from Jeffrey Zaslow, co-author of the No. 1 bestseller […]