Entrepreneur of the Year Awards

Friday, April 20, 2018 | 7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. | Town Square

Please join us for Green Lake Renewal's first annual Entrepreneur of the Year awards honoring entrepreneurs from two local companies that have proven that business success and community engagement can go hand in hand.


Wes Stibb of Outdoor Impact 
Pat McConnell and Mandi McConnell Hinrichs of FLASH Trucking

Keynote Speaker

Chris Barbin, CEO of Appirio

7:30 a.m. | Buffet breakfast catered by Crossroads Market
8:00 - 9:00 a.m. | Program

With a track record of entrepreneurship support including the culinary business incubator Green Lake Kitchens and The Market at Town Square, Green Lake Renewal is committed to growing our economy helping new businesses succeed. 

Green Lake Renewal's Entrepreneur of the Year is an annual award breakfast that recognizes local entrepreneurs who have built thriving companies. The event is designed to inspire others to embrace the risks and rewards of entrepreneurship.

Chris Barbin  and his wife,  Lori Csaszar,  own the new  ThunderBoss Bar & Grill , opening this year in Green Lake.

Chris Barbin and his wife, Lori Csaszar, own the new ThunderBoss Bar & Grill, opening this year in Green Lake.

Chris Barbin

Keynote Speaker

Chris Barbin is the co-founder and chief executive officer of Appirio, an IT services company that was created in 2006 and acquired by Wipro 10 years later for $500M. Under Chris’ leadership, Appirio grew from a four person start-up to a 1,200 person global services firm backed by Sequoia Capital, GGV and General Atlantic - the same VCs that invested in the likes of Alibaba, Facebook, LinkedIn and PayPal.

Over the last 10 years, Appirio has received 10 Best Places to Work awards, and was recently recognized by the Great Place to Work organization which produces the annual Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For list and is seen as an authority on high-trust, high-performance workplace cultures. Under Chris’ leadership Appirio was also named Company of the Year by AlwaysOn and Mira Technology, and received the World Economic Forum’s Technology Pioneer award.

Prior to co-founding Appirio, Chris was the senior vice president for business operations and CIO for Borland Software, a high flying developer tools company that in its heyday was valued at nearly $7 billion. Unfortunately, like many technology darlings, Borland eventually saw its fortunes (and culture) decline. Soon after Chris’ departure, the company was acquired by Micro Focus for a mere $75 million. Before joining Borland, Chris was the senior vice president of global customer services at webMethods, another fast growing technology company that touted the highest first day gain on the NASDAQ and was valued at north of $10B during Chris’ tenure. Chris also served as managing director at W.W. Grainger and post his graduation from Bates College worked for Senator William Cohen.

These experiences, combined with his early years selling shoes and leading his college track team, taught Chris some hard earned lessons on the importance of culture, leadership and what it takes to create an environment that motivates people to do their best and excel.

Today, Chris continues to lead the day-to-day operations of Appirio, embedding its agile, award winning culture into the 71 year old Wipro organization and is busy writing a book on how to build a strategic company culture. Chris has always been a vocal advocate on corporate culture, and has been interviewed by news outlets such as Bloomberg, Forbes, Fox Business, Nikkei, and The New York Times about leadership, culture and how to create a great worker experience

Chris is also on the board of directors for his alma mater Bates College in Lewiston, Maine and is on the board of TechPoint, a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering and growing the technology ecosystem in Indiana where Appirio is based.

Wes Stibb, Founder and Owner of Outdoor Impact. 

Wes Stibb, Founder and Owner of Outdoor Impact. 

Wes Stibb


Wesley Stibb founded Outdoor Impact Landscaping in 1999 with a modest wheelbarrow and a small truck. With a degree in diesel mechanics and a background in highway construction and excavation under his tool belt, Wes saw an opportunity for providing high-end landscaping services with a special emphasis on detail and customer service. In 2006, Outdoor Impact added barge and shoreline services as another division--propelled by customers and friends looking for a better solution for the dock, lift and shoreline needs. In 2018, another service line was added: Forestry Management. Providing removal of trees and underbrush, eradication of invasive species and grading, hauling and excavation services. Today, Outdoor Impact Landscape and Shoreline Services is an industry leader with the design knowledge and installation experience to allow us to transform the ordinary into an extraordinary outdoor experience. 


Mandi McConnell, President of Flash, and her father, Pat McConnell, CEO of Flash.

Mandi McConnell, President of Flash, and her father, Pat McConnell, CEO of Flash.

Mandi and Pat McConnell


Pat McConnell and his wife Lynn started FLASH in the early 1980's out of their home in Berlin, WI. Their daughter, Mandi McConnell, joined the company in 2008 as President. After being away for ten years working in Corporate America, Mandi McConnell felt it was "come home" to Green Lake and help with the sales and marketing efforts. "The key to a successful family business is knowing where you came from, understanding the work previous generations put in, and never falling victim to entitlement," said Mandi McConnell. "Passion is crucial but proving to your employees you're a hard worker is important too." Today, FLASH employs 135 employees, with operations in seven states; operating 100 tractors, 150 trailers, hauling more than 1,200 loads per week, throughout the United States and Canada, and averaging 8 million miles per year.