Last Friday I received a call from the new CEO of the Naperville Chamber of Commerce, Mike Evans. He informed me that the Anderson Family had been selected as this years recipient of the Chamber’s Lifetime Achievement Award. I think my response was something like Wow! Really? He assured me that they had indeed selected our family.
After hanging up I began to reflect on our families ties to our wonderful town. My great-great grandfather W.W. Wickel began our heritage in Naperville in the late 1870s. He was followed by Louis Oswald who bought the store in 1915, followed by my grandfather Harold Kester in 1952 and then my dad Bob Anderson in 1977. Each generation left its mark on the business, but more importantly also left a legacy of community involvement that has helped Naperville grow and prosper. Our family is humbled and grateful to the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce to be selected for the award. For six generations our family has had the extraordinary opportunity to do business in our hometown of Naperville. We have endured through good times and bad thanks to the wonderful support of this community and its citizens. Being involved in Naperville is our way of giving back and thanking a community who has given so much. We thank the Chamber, its staff and most of all our customers who have supported our business for over 135 years.