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Gus Yeager Distinguished Service Award

In 1989, Christian Business Mens Committee of Metro Toledo sponsored our first prayer Breakfast at Sea Gate Center in downtown Toledo. Gus Yeager, a visionary who promoted the concept of bringing business and community leaders together, was a local entrepreneur who gave of himself daily serving the Kingdom of God.

In 2013, The Gus Yeager Distinguished Community Service Award was created to remember Gus’ contribution to the local community and to honor men and women who like Gus, have dedicated their lives to serving Jesus in the marketplace. Our intent is to honor Christian marketplace leaders who have led their families well, endeavored to build their work and their organizations on Biblical, Christ centered principles, and who have made a significant impact in the greater community and ultimately the world.

Jim Oedy

Meet our 2021 Winner

Jim Oedy

Jim Oedy is the president & co-owner of Genesis Village senior living community. Jim has a smile that inspires and a voice that brings comfort. Jim Oedy started Genesis Village in 2012 as an award winning 170,000 square-foot five star living experience right here, nearby, off of Heatherdowns Boulevard. Prior to that, Jim has successfully operated several retirement communities in the 80s and 90s as well as founded our own YES FM and many other Christian businesses.

Jim Oedy Credits the servant hearts of his wife Cheryl and three daughters as well as his 11 inspiring grandchildren as the greatest impact on his life! They live their lives by Proverbs 3 versus 5-6 trusting God with all their heart and leaning not on their own understanding as he has made their path straight. This has put Jim and Cheryl in positions of leadership where grace has overcome their limitations! This is evident when Jim talks about his many relationships he has made through his side-by-side band serving seniors for over 40 years!

All of this Christian influence in the marketplace was indeed given by the grace of God as it was that Jim Oedy was pronounced dead on the scene of a tragic car accident nearly 20 years ago. Jim Oedy has prevailed in may ways!

Greg Shapiro

Meet our 2020 Winner

Greg Shapiro

President of H.O.T. Graphic Services. A regional commercial printing and graphics firm. H.O.T. is a family owned business started by his mother as a small home-based typesetting business. Now partnering with his brothers Myron and Norm for over 40 years Greg has served on the board of Good Samaritan Outreach Center, Cherry Street Mission Ministries, Toledo Christian Schools and Calvary Church, including the Finance Committee and Hospitality Team.

Meet our 2019 Winner

Malcolm Richards

Founder, owner, CEO, Supplemental Staffing. Organizations influenced include: Toledo Chamber, Downtown Kiwanis, Employers Association, Toastmasters, UT’s Family Business Center, Sylvania Rotary, Ability Center and ProMedica PPCS Foundation

Meet our 2018 Winner

Ed Reiter

Retired senior chairman Sky Financial Group. Board member involvement includes: BGSU Alumni and Foundation, COSI, Toledo Community Foundation, Toledo Symphony and the United Way.

Meet our 2017 Winner

Bob Carson

Honoring nearly six decades of helping children and youth while modeling the joy of serving others.

Meet our 2016 Winner

Dr. Clint Longenecker

Distinguished University Professor in The College of Business & Innovation at The University of Toledo.

Meet our 2015 Winner

Tom Snow

Partner, Scheib-Snow & Co., LLC

Meet our 2014 Winner

Al Caperna

Meet our 2013 Winner

Gus Yeager

Our Misson
Marketplace leaders gathering and encouraging the body of Christ while sharing the good news of Jesus with those who do not know him.