Craig Culver

WINNEBAGO – The Winnebago Chamber of Commerce will be hosting the Community Service Awards Banquet, “Making a Difference” on Thursday March 12. Craig Culver, CEO and Co-Founder of Culver’s restaurants will be the featured speaker at the banquet. The 2014 citizen and business of the year will be announced during the program.

The event will be held at Seward Park District, 2970 Tracey St., Seward, IL 61063.

The schedule of events will be as follows: 6 p.m. social hour; 6:30 p.m. speaker Craig Culver, CEO and Co-Founder of Culver’s Restaurants; dinner and Program to follow.

Tickets are for sale and can be purchased at The Village of Winnebago Office, Culver’s of Winnebago, Sullivan’s Foods in Winnebago, Garden Arts, Anna’s Pizza and Pasta, Winnebago Park District, Village of Winnebago, Winnebago School District and First National Bank of Winnebago.

The event will be catered by Sullivan’s Foods of Winnebago and Culver’s of Winnebago.

Do you know a business from the Winnebago community or a community member that has gone above and beyond and made a difference in the Winnebago community? New nominations for 2014 Business and Citizen of the Year are being accepted until Feb. 23. Forms are available at or at the Village of Winnebago Office at 108 W. Main St. Winnebago, IL 61088.

Please call the Winnebago Chamber of Commerce, Lori Schultz, treasurer, or Michelle Cunningham, event chair and Chamber secretary, for more information at 815-494-9561.

About Craig C. Culver, Co-Founder and Co-Worker of Culver’s Restaurants.

Craig and his family took a vision and created a niche-market restaurant which features burgers and frozen custard. By wearing several hats, he has built his career through a commitment to doing what’s right for his guests, team members, and franchisees.

The Culver family has been in the restaurant business for over 50 years. Craig worked at the family restaurants during his college breaks. On July 18, 1984, Craig and his family opened the first Culver’s in Sauk City, WI. In 1987, the franchising arm, Culver Franchising System, Inc. was established. The first successful franchise was opened in Baraboo, WI in 1990. Today, there are over 500 Culver’s restaurants in 22 states. As CEO, Craig is actively involved with the business as a coach, cheerleader, and mentor to all franchisees and their teams.

Craig takes an active role in a variety of organizations. He is a member of the National & Wisconsin Restaurant Associations. He is also a board member of the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Foundation, the Bank of Prairie du Sac and Kwik Trip.

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