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The Rotary Club of Green Bay has decided to go virtual with the 38th annual Free Enterprise Awards dinner on May 10, 2021.

The annual Free Enterprise Award banquet honors a business and community leader. Started in 1983, this has become a coveted award, a list of "who's who" of community leaders. The event also serves as the primary fundraiser for the Rotary Foundation of Green Bay.

Nominations must be submitted by January 15th of the award year for the nominee to be considered. Click here to complete the nomination form. Nominations closed for 2021.


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2021 Free Enterprise Award Recipient

Mark Murphy Head Shot

Mark Murphy, President and Chief Executive Officer, Green Bay Packers

Mark Murphy

President & Chief Executive Officer
Green Bay Packers

Mark Murphy, possessor of extensive experience in professional football and sports administration, is in his 12th year as the Packers’ President and CEO.

Under Mark’s guidance, the organization continues to rank as one of the NFL’s premier franchises, with highly successful operations both on and off the field. On the field, the team has compiled a 115-75-2 overall record (.604), made a team-record eight consecutive playoff trips from 2009 to 2016 and earned a victory in Super Bowl XLV. Off the field, the club continues to perform well in its business efforts, which allows the organization to support football operations. The fan experience at Lambeau Field, a top priority for the organization, continues to be ranked among the best in sports. Additionally, Titletown, the mixed-use development adjacent to Lambeau Field that opened in 2017, has been a great addition to the Green Bay community.

Mark, who holds a law degree and an MBA in finance, brought a unique and highly qualified background to his role as head of one of the NFL’s flagship franchises, first drawing from a deep understanding and appreciation of the game that comes from an eight-year playing career with the Washington Redskins. Later, he served a combined 16 years as director of athletics at Colgate University and Northwestern University, and was an assistant executive director of the NFL Players Association and a trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice.

At the NFL Level, Mark serves on the Management Council Executive Committee, Competition Committee, Health and Safety Committee and the College Relations Committee.

Mark is directing the Packers’ master plan involving Lambeau Field, the Lambeau Field Atrium, the practice facilities, and property the organization owns adjacent to the stadium, including Titletown.
Mark and his wife, Laurie, have been involved in the communities in which they’ve lived, including Mark’s involvement with UW-Green Bay’s Council of Trustees, Positive Coaching Alliance and Big Brothers Big Sisters and Laurie’s establishment of the JAS (Journey to Adult Success) House in downtown Green Bay for teenagers who age out of foster care. Additionally, Mark and Laurie have had the pleasure of serving as foster parents in the community.

Mark and Laurie have four grown children and four grandchildren.

2021 Free Enterprise Award Charity Partnership


Since 1919, Encompass has been the leader in early education and care for the children of Brown County, Wisconsin. Encompass serves more than 1,300 children from six weeks to 12 years old at seven centers in Greater Green Bay. Led by a highly educated and well-trained team of teachers, Encompass employs a research-based curriculum that fosters birth-to-5 development. All Encompass centers have attained the highest standards in early care and education, including accreditation by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and a 5-star YoungStar rating by the state of Wisconsin. All Encompass centers offer 4-year-old kindergarten (4K) programs in partnership with the Green Bay, Pulaski and West De Pere school districts. And Encompass supports working families in need of high-quality child care with a tuition-assistance program. To learn more, view their flyer, or visit encompasswi.org.

Honoring Bob Bush

Honoring Bob Bush

In addition to honoring Mark Murphy and Encompass at the Free Enterprise Award Dinner, we are also pleased to recognize one of our own Rotarians, Bob Bush, an active member of our Green Bay Rotary Club for over 30 years and a 1994 recipient of the Free Enterprise Award.

For more than 70 years, Bob Bush was a leader on dozens of initiatives, including the Oral Health Partnership and the Board of Directors for the Green Bay Packers, that contributed immeasurably to the philanthropic and economic strength of Northeast Wisconsin. He was truly a role model for all of us...and without question, he wanted our community to be a special place to live, work, and play for his family, for your family...for all of us.

Bob truly believed that quality early education could give a child the social, emotional, and cognitive tools needed for success in life, even breaking the cycle of family poverty. He understood that investing early in the education and care of our children would have a long-term positive effect on workforce development. Bob was passionate about the lifelong benefits of early childhood education, serving on the Encompass Board of Trustees, building hands-on activities for Carol’s Big Event fundraiser, and, at the time of his passing, serving as the honorary chair of Encompass’ 100th Year “For the Children Campaign.”

How fitting that this year we recognize Encompass and Bob’s contributions to our Green Bay community for educating and mentoring our next generation of community leaders!



Previous Free Enterprise Award Recipients

2019 Craig Dickman
  Breakthrough/ Title Town Tech
2018 Michael Haddad
   Schreiber Foods
2017 William "Red" Lewis
  PDQ Car Wash
2016 William F. Kress
  Green Bay Packaging
2015 Susan Finco
  Leonard and Finco Public Relations Inc.
2014 Mark McMullen
  Associated Bank
2013 Tim Weyenberg
2012 Mark Skogen
  Festival Foods
2011 Terry Fulwiler
  WS Packaging Group
2010 Rick Chernick
  Camera Corner / Connecting Point
2009 Robert “Bob” Gallagher
  Associated  Bank Corp.
2008 George Kerwin
  Bellin Health Systems, Inc.
2007 Larry Ferguson
  Schreiber Foods, Inc.
2006 Timothy Howald
  Tweet/Garot Mechanical, Inc.
2005 Larry Weyers
  WPS Resources Corporation
2004 Frank A. Wood
  Green Bay News Chronicle
2003 John C. “Jack” Meng
  Schreiber Foods, Inc.
2002 James F. Kress
  Green Bay Packaging
2001 Carl W. Kuehne
  American Foods Group
2000 Harry B. “Nick” Conlon
  Associated  Bank Corp.
1999 K.C. Stock
  KCS International, Stock Lumber Co.
1998 James Madigan
  FEECO International
1997 Leo Frigo
  Frigo Cheese, Paul's Pantry
1996 Don DeMeuse
  Fort Howard
1995 Louis Konop
  Konop Vending
1994 Robert Bush
  Schreiber Foods, Inc.
1993 Robert Harlan
  Green Bay Packers
1992 Donald Schneider
  Schneider National
1991 Ron Weyers & Wally Hilliard
  American Medical Security
1990 Donald Long
  Imperial, Inc.
1989 Steve Van Dyke
  Foth & Van Dyke
1988 Frederick Baer
  Paper Converting Machine Co.
1987 Paul Ziemer
  Wisconsin Public Service
1986 Phil Hendrickson
  Krueger International
1985 John “Jake” Rose
  Associated Kellogg Bank
1984 Merlin Bush
  Schreiber Foods, Inc.
1983 George Kress
  Green Bay Packaging

FEA 2019 Craig Dickman

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FEA 2018 Michael Haddad

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FEA 2017 William "Red" Lewis

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 FEA 2016 William F. Kress

FEA 2015 Susan Finco

FEA 2015 Susan Finco

FEA 2014 Mark McMullen

FEA 2014 Mark McMullen