Best of the Corridor

Best Place to Buy Wine & Spirits: Hy-Vee Wine & Spirits

A wide selection of wines, beers and liquor married with competitive prices and superior customer service has landed Hy-Vee Wine & Spirits on the Best of list for the fourth consecutive year.

Best Commercial & Residential Real Estate Lender: Hills Bank & Trust

Already in the CBJ’s Hall of Fame as Best Bank, Hills Bank & Trust this year makes its eighth appearance as Best Commercial Real Estate Lender, an honor Senior Vice President Lisa Shileny attributes to taking the intimidation out of banking and keeping it simple.

Best Specialty Marketing Products, Shop for Corporate Gifts: Marketing Innovations

Marketing Innovations owner Kristine DeKlotz credits her company’s success to many things, including investments in technology, her knack for problem solving and a “secret weapon called Mom.”

Best Real Estate Firm, Home Builder: Skogman Companies

After three quarters of a century, Skogman Companies has a prov-en track record of success that helped it earn Best of titles in this year’s commercial and residential real estate categories.

Best Jewelry Store: Siebke Hoyt Jewelers

The newest honoree in the competitive Best Jewelry Store category, Cedar Rapids-based Siebke Hoyt has won over generations of customers with its knowledgeable staff and top-notch service.

Best Business Leader: Duane Smith, TrueNorth Companies

TrueNorth Companies CEO Duane Smith takes the first title as Best Business Leader since 2011 with a track record that includes not only successful acquisitions and profit growth, but the building of a legacy business that will continue long after his planned retirement in 2020.

Best Business Insurance: TrueNorth Companies

Attracting high-performing talent and developing a self-perpetuating, entrepreneurial culture have helped TrueNorth Companies win the Best Business Insurance category for another year.

Best Brewery: Big Grove Brewery

As big and as popular as it has become, it’s hard to believe that Big Grove Brewery started with just two guys and a U-Haul – but that’s exactly what happened. After his family’s success with Red’s Alehouse in North Liberty, founding partner Matt Swift went on the search for a smaller project of his own back in 2010.

Best Trucking Company: Heartland Express

North Liberty-based Heartland Express, making its first appearance on the CBJ’s Best of list since 2009, attributes its success to abiding by the same set of principles and values that guided its founding.

Best Hospital: UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s Hospital

UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids takes its sixth Best Hospital title this year, thanks to its continued leadership in such areas as advanced heart procedures and neonatal intensive care.


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