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 has been CEO of Appirio since its inception, guiding the technology-enabled services company to become one of the thought leaders in cloud computing. Chris brings extensive operations, consulting, professional and technical experience to Appirio, and has grown the company to more than 1,000 cloud experts across five global locations. He has been named a World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer, an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year finalist, and has been recognized by the New York Times for his leadership philosophy.

Most recently, Chris has been appointed to the Bates College Board of Trustees as a representative of the technology, venture capitalism and financial services industries.  He also recently accepted a board position with TechPoint, whose mission is to promote & accelerate the growth of Indiana’s tech community.

Previously Chris served as CIO and SVP of business operations at Borland Software, where he pioneered the company’s move to an on-demand IT applications architecture. Before becoming Borland’s CIO, Chris also served as the company’s SVP of worldwide services, managing and growing the company’s global consulting, education, and technical support organizations (organic and acquisition growth) by 45 percent between 2004 and 2006.

Prior to this, Chris was SVP of global customer services at webMethods, where he managed a team delivering services to over 1,000 customers running mission–critical integration applications. Chris also served as managing director of W.W. Grainger’s Consulting Services division, an early pioneer in e–commerce. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine and also studied at the University of Sussex in Brighton, England.