“John is absolutely amazing. His passion and investment in the city is incredible and really a model to what business leaders can do to impact their community and involve their entire workforce in a redevelopment effort with the city of Hamilton,” said Dan Bates, the chamber’s president and CEO. “He certainly deserves this award as a very successful business entrepreneur but even more importantly for the unbelievably positive and respectful reputation that he has developed in Hamilton and throughout the region.”
“When John says something is OK, everybody’s on board, so it’s great that he has taken his leadership role and made it benefit the entire business community and the entire city of Hamilton.”
Bates said Higgins, who was started his role in October, is the example of “the volunteer who is everywhere and willing to do everything with great enthusiasm energy passion and professionalism.”
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“He certainly deserves the Heritage Award and … he was very humbled when I told him that he was the recipient of this award and was humbled by the company at which he is going to stand beside,” he said. “Shaun does so many things that are visible but he does even more things that are not visible to the public that he does behind the scenes and gets no credit for, but does it just because it’s the right thing to do or needs to be done or he just wants to support a particular cause.”
Higgins served as director of park operations for Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park between 2014 and 2018.
The luncheon event, which will also feature keynote speaker David Velie, CEO of AMEND Ventures, costs $30 to attend for chamber members and $35 for non-members. Reservations may be made online at www.hamilton-ohio.com or by calling the Chamber at 513-844-1500.
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