CHAMPAIGN — Area McDonald's owner Dwight Miller will be one of three people to receive the "Outstanding Business of the Year" award from the Illinois Black Chamber of Commerce this month.
Miller is scheduled to receive the award Aug. 23 at the organization's statewide convention at the Par-A-Dice Hotel and Casino in East Peoria.
Larry D. Ivory, president of the Illinois Black Chamber of Commerce, praised Miller's franchise model as something to be emulated.
"Dwight has done a great job, and we love what he does," Ivory said. "He's a great role model."
Miller's company, Dash Management, operates 10 McDonald's restaurants in the Champaign-Urbana and Decatur areas and plans to open an 11th this fall at Prospect Avenue and Bloomington Road in Champaign.
Also receiving the "Outstanding Business of the Year" award will be Warren Knoles, senior vice president of Crawford, Murphy and Tilly, a consulting engineering firm based in Springfield; and Wilbur Milhouse III, founder and CEO of Milhouse Engineering & Construction, Chicago.
Other honorees include:
— John W. Rogers Jr., chairman, CEO and chief investment officer for Ariel Investments, who will get the Lifetime Achievement Award.
— Tebelelo Mazile Seretse, Botswana's ambassador to the United States, who will receive the Arthur Fletcher Award. The ambassador since February 2011, she has degrees in law, economics and accounting and serves on several boards of directors in Botswana.
— John Cullerton, president of the Illinois Senate, who will receive the Parren Mitchell Award.
Gov. Pat Quinn is scheduled to speak to the chamber the morning of Aug. 23. The keynote speech will be given by motivational speaker Dennis Kimbro, a lecturer and researcher in management, entrepreneurship and human potential.
Reservations are still being taken for those who would like to attend the Aug. 22-23 event in East Peoria. Cost is $150 for members and $195 for nonmembers.
Reservations can be made by calling the chamber's office, at 309-740-4430, or visiting the chamber's website, http://www.ilbcc.us .