• Hamilton Heritage Award

    2021 - Denise Quinn

    Denise Quinn is originally from Syracuse, New York. She graduated from a liberal arts college run by the Jesuits that she is known to refer to as “the other college in Syracuse” – LeMoyne College. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Biology and minors in Education and Philosophy. As a science major she was offered the opportunity to interview for a quality position with the Miller Brewing Company and felt fortunate to be offered a Quality Control Technician position in their Container Division – a fancy way of saying that initially she inspected the quality of empty 12 oz aluminum cans (lots of empty 12 oz aluminum cans).  After holding a variety of positions in the can plant, she applied for and was ultimately offered a position at the Miller Brewing Company Trenton Brewery start-up in 1991. She does share frequently that it was also an opportunity to leave the 150 inches of snow annually behind. This is where and when her ties to Hamilton start. The brewery had asked for volunteers to serve on various boards in the community and she volunteered for the Shared Harvest Foodbank Board back in the 90’s. She learned a lot through that experience and that along with a belief that she had a responsibility to support the communities where she and her co-workers lived led to more volunteerism.

    Denise met her husband John just before she made the move to Ohio and they have been married for almost 27 years, have a 25 year old son named John and round out the family with two dogs – a beagle named Molly and a golden retriever named Milo.  

    Denise did move with the company to Olympia, Washington and Fort Worth, Texas and served on various boards including the Thurston County Economic Development Council, Washington Center for the Performing Arts, Providence St Peter Hospital Foundation, was a member of the Olympia Rotary and participated in the initial work that resulted in the formation of what is today the Boys & Girls Clubs of Thurston County and supported the Hands On Children’s Museum.

    Upon returning to the Trenton Brewery in 2003, she met Rick Demmel and Scott Hartford at a Chamber luncheon and was as she states, “hooked” into serving on the Boys & Girls Club Board. Today, Denise is the Boys & Girls Club of Hamilton Board President and has served on the Board for the last 18 years. She is also a member of Experience’s Advisory Committee, Board Chair of the Butler County Port Authority and a Board member of the Fort Hamilton Hospital Foundation. She was just elected to her college’s Board of Trustees. She served as the Greater Cincinnati United Way Middletown Chapter Campaign Chair for two years and was Board Chair and a Board member of the Greater Hamilton Chamber of Commerce and a member of Leadership Hamilton Class 21.

    Other volunteer activities she participated in included: holiday decorating of rooms at Fisher House in Cincinnati and visiting with veterans at the VA Hospital,  sorting donated items at Matthew 25 Ministries, Great Miami River clean up events by canoe, cleaning river banks, clearing unwanted vegetation at Pyramid Hill, volunteering for the Great American Bike Rally benefitting the Boys & Girls Clubs and Joe Nuxhall Miracle Field, home repairs through SELF, Women in Manufacturing National Organization support and very recently she was spotted volunteering at the Backpack Giveaway event held at Marcum Park

    In addition to volunteering, Denise has become an avid Columbus Blue Jackets Hockey fan and half season ticket holder.  She also bowls, reads and walks - not runs.

  • Past Recipients:

    2019 - Shaun Higgins
    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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