Business hall of fame inducts Powell, KariTwo entrepreneurs who have had a significant impact on the economy of Superior and Douglas County will be inducted into the Superior Business Hall of Fame during the Superior Business Awards luncheon to be held 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sept. 16 at Barker’s Island Inn.
By: For the Superior Telegram, Superior Telegram
Two entrepreneurs who have had a significant impact on the economy of Superior and Douglas County will be inducted into the Superior Business Hall of Fame during the Superior Business Awards luncheon to be held 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sept. 16 at Barker’s Island Inn.
The inductees are Henry Kari and Lyman Powell.
“We are pleased to induct these two extraordinary individuals into the Superior Business Hall of Fame,” said Michelle McKercher, assistant director of the Development Association. “Both of these men represents an important part of Superior/Douglas County’s economy and heritage. Each are truly Superior.”
During the late 1800’s, Lyman Powell served as counsel to land speculators who flocked to Superior to invest in the Twin Ports area which they thought would become the “Chicago of the North.” Powell contributed to platting and dividing nearly every parcel of real estate in the city of Superior. And when federal laws regarding land rights threatened local property owners’ interests, Powell took the case to the United States Supreme Court.
In 1937, inductee Henry Kari went to Detroit to attend the Michigan Trade School where he studied welding and bodywork to enhance his skills in Kari’s repair shop. It was a chance meeting with Henry Ford that inspired Kari to bring automotive innovation to Superior, and in 1939, his dealership was opened.
“Superior and Douglas County have a rich tradition of successful businesses and entrepreneurs,” said Kaye Tenerelli, executive director of the Superior Business Improvement District. “The Superior Business Hall of Fame enables our community to honor both historical and active entrepreneurs that have contributed to that tradition.” Tenerelli said. Both Henry Kari and Lyman Powell will be inducted posthumously.
“As the oldest business member organization in Superior/Douglas County, the Chamber is honored to continue to participate with our partners in the Superior Business Hall of Fame,” said David Minor, president and chief executive officer of the Chamber.
“As we work with aspiring entrepreneurs in Douglas County and throughout the Northland, these entrepreneurs have these role models to emulate,” stated Mike Lattery, director of Business Development for the Northeast Entrepreneur Fund. “The Superior Hall of Fame formally recognizes these entrepreneurs.” Lattery said.
In addition to the induction of Kari and Powell into the Superior Business Hall of Fame, the Superior Business Awards luncheon will also announce the Large Business of the Year, the Small Business of the Year and the Emerging Innovative Business of the Year for Superior and Douglas County, and the winner of the Superior/Douglas County Business Plan Competition.
To register for the luncheon, call the Development Association at (715) 392-4749 or register at www.superiorbusinessawards.com.
The Superior Business Awards Program is sponsored by the Development Association, Superior Business Improvement District, Northeast Entrepreneur Fund, The Chamber, Superior Business Center, UW-Superior Small Business Development Center and Superior Rotary.