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Waukegan Tire CEO Gerald Nerheim

named Businessman of the Year

by Illinois State Crime Commission

Jerry Nerheim Businessman of the Year

WAUKEGAN, ILLINOIS -- The Illinois State Crime Commission honored Waukegan Tire CEO Gerald (Jerry) Nerheim with the 2015 Businessman of the Year Award. Nerheim was recognized on June 17, 2015, at the 19th annual “A Salute to Those Who Make a Difference” Awards Dinner held at the Drury Lane in Oakbrook Terrace.

The Illinois State Crime Commission/Police Athletic League of Illinois is a non-profit guided youth organization, with a mission to reduce juvenile delinquency and promote positive interaction between law enforcement and communities, relying heavily on athletics and recreational activities to tighten this bond.

Jerry Nerheim volunteers and participates in community events, actively supports law enforcement, and is a long-time supporter of area youth soccer leagues and organizations that help children and youth succeed. He donates to the Shop With a Cop Program and other Fraternal Order of Police programs.

In 1968, he started his own business--Waukegan Tire. He now operates four retail locations serving northern Illinois and southeastern Wisconsin selling major tire brands, custom wheels and automotive services. His family operated business focuses on the customer and delivering an exceptional customer experience. He is well known as an industry leader, embracing new trends in the automotive and retail markets, and continues to work along side his daughter and son in the business.

“Mr. Nerheim’s dedication, not only to his successful business but also to his community and law enforcement, creates vital partnerships that build trust within the community,“ said Illinois State Police Director, Leo Schmitz. “Honoring Jerry with this prestigious award represents his tireless commitment over four decades.”

“I am humbled to be recognized by such a well respected organization as the Illinois State Crime Commission,” said Nerheim upon receiving the award. “I am proud to be recognized by law enforcement and to be able to give back to my community.”

Waukegan Tire has proudly given back to many organizations through volunteering time, sponsorship or membership.

American Cancer Society
Angel Drill Team
ArtSpace Waukegan
Association of Horizon Inc. 
Autism Speaks
Bcureful  Foundation
Beyond the Edge Development LLC
Boy Scouts Troop 672 
Breast Cancer 3-day Walk
Carmel Catholic High School Street Scenes
City of Miracles
Chain of Lakes Ducks Unlimited
City of Waukegan Chamber of Commerce
Cruisin for the Kids Annual Grayslake Car Show
Falcons Hockey Association
GLMV Chamber of Commerce 
Grayslake Central High School 
Grayslake Central JV Cheer Program 
Grayslake Chamber of Commerce 
Grayslake Colts 
Grayslake-Hainesville Police Dept. 
Great Lakes Adaptive Sports Association (GLASA)
Greater Mt. Pleasant 
Have a Heart for a Hero--Kevin Oldham Fund
Healthy Initiative 
Holy Family Parish/Guardian Angels 
Hospice Care 
Jack Benny Middle School
Jr. League of Chicago-Windy City Nights
Kermes Festival
Lake County Chamber of Commerce
Lake County Childrens' Advocacy Center 
Lake County Fielders Baseball Team
Lake County Haven
Lake County Lightning Baseball
Lake County Women of Distinction Awards--Lake County Magazine
Lakes Area Baseball 
Lakeside Center 
Laremenot School 
Les Turner ALS Foundation 
Lindenhurst-Lake Villa Chamber of Commerce 
Little Fort Lions Club Sponsor
MADD- Chicago Chapter 
March of Dimes--March for Babies Walkathon 
Marine's Luncheon 
Midwest Council for Children with Disabilities (MCCD) 
Muscular Dystrophy Association 
MWR Department 
North Elementary School
Park City Needy Basket Program
Park City Bike Rodeo
Pediatric Brain Tumor/Chicago Rides 4 kids 
Salon Glow Children’s Cancer
Scoop the Loop
Special Olympics 
St. Anastasia Parish & School--Waukegan, IL 
St. Baldricks Foundation 
St. Gilberts Church - Gurnee, IL 
St. Paul's Church 
St. Rafael Church - Antioch, IL 
Super Jake Foundation for Leukemia 
Susan G Komen -3 day 
The Oasis Grayslake Youth Center 
Thrivent Financial- Lake County North Chapter 
Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance
United Way of Lake County
U.S. Venture--Community Foundation
Various Car Shows 
Village Church of Gurnee Youth Mission 
Warren Blue Devils Baseball
Warren Blue Devil Swim Team
Warren High School United Blazers
Waukegan High School Booster Club
Waukegan Main Street
Waukegan Park District
Waukegan Public Library--Early Learning Center
Youth Conservation Corps--Cinco de Mayo show
Youth Soccer Associations
Zion Area Chamber of Commerce 


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