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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
  • BreastFest
  • 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.
  • Grayslake Oasis - Grayslake Youth Center
  • Great Lakes Adaptive Sports Association (GLASA)
  • Greater Mt. Pleasant
  • Have a Heart for a Hero--Kevin Oldham Fund
  • Healthy Initiative
  • Heart of the City Soccer Club in Waukegan
  • 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
  • Starlights
  • 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 Devils Golf Team
  • Warren Blue Devils Swim Team
  • Warren High School United Blazers
  • Waukegan High School Booster Club
  • Waukegan Main Street
  • Waukegan Park District
  • Waukegan Public Library--Early Learning Center
  • Wiseguyz Car Show
  • Youth Conservation Corps--Cinco de Mayo show
  • Youth Soccer Associations
  • Zion Area Chamber of Commerce
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