• Hamilton Heritage Award

    2019 - Shaun Higgins

    The Chamber awarded its 18th annual Hamilton Heritage Award for Outstanding Community Involvement to Shaun Higgins.  Shaun is originally from the Pittsburgh area. He studied Communications at Ohio University where he met his future wife Lori. Later in life he received a BA in Organizational Leadership from NKU.  Shaun moved to Hamilton in 1986 where he and Lori raised their four children, Patrick, Michael Anne, Sydney, and Ryan.  Working in local radio, he started his community involvement. He continued in radio to Cincinnati and Dayton working his way up through various stations and formats. He has been on-air talent, Production Director, Program Director, and sales person in radio.  In 2001 Shaun was hired as the Assistant Director at Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum. He then moved on to small business coaching and then non-profit training at CDP (Community Development Professionals) in Hamilton. Shaun returned to Pyramid Hill in 2014 as Interim, then Co-Director.  In October of 2018, Shaun was hired as the Executive Director of the Fitton Family Branch of the YMCA in Hamilton.  Through the years Shaun has also worked in television commercials, industrial films, student film, and training videos for many local, regional, and national companies. And he was in a George Clooney movie.

    Shaun’s current and past volunteer work includes: the Butler County Visitors Bureau Board, Hamilton Visitors Bureau (acting chair), Hamilton Rotary Club (Board Member and various event committees), Hamilton Celebrates Education Committee, Hamilton Welcomes the Holidays, Hamilton Vision Commission, Healthy Hamilton, Hamilton City Schools Business Advisory Council, Lector and Eucharistic Minister at St. Peter in Chains, Film Hamilton, and the Ohio Chautauqua Committee.  Shaun has produced and hosted the “What’s Your Story” interview series at Miami Downtown and has provided on camera and voice-over work for TvHAMILTON.

    Shaun’s event work includes:  Serve City’s annual fundraiser, Icefest, Lane Library 150th anniversary, Operation Pumpkin, Miami Regionals Nursing Banquets, Hamilton Nightglow Marathon, Butler Philharmonic…and even some old events like Damfest, Ft. Hamilton Days, and the Great Miami River Raft Race.  Shaun has also coached at Westside Little League and Golden Triangle Youth Hockey.

    On top of all this, Shaun promotes Hamilton on the Pedicab as a “Big Wig Ambassador.”




  • Past Recipients:

    2018 - Cynamon Trokhan
    2017 - Cindy Dingeldein
    2016 - Tim Naab
    2015 - Kathy Klink
    2014 - Joel Fink
    2013 - Dave Lippert
    2012 - Steve Timmer
    2011 – Jim Fitton
    2010 - Mary Pat Essman
    2009 - Mike Dingeldein
    2008 - Keith Nott
    2007 - Tony Traub
    2006 - Nancy Wiley
    2005 - Joe Belew
    2004 - Mary Reimer
    2003 - Kert Radel
    2002 - Darrell & Debi Sparks

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