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Sycamore Chamber honors N.Y. transplant as 'Outstanding Citizen'

Published: Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014 11:10 p.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014 11:29 p.m. CDT
(Rob Winner – rwinner@shawmedia.com)
This year's Clifford Danielson Outstanding Citizen Award recipient Bob Boey (left) shakes hands with Northern Illinois University's Bill Nicklas during the annual meeting of the Sycamore Chamber of Commerce on thursday at St. Mary's Memorial Hall.

SYCAMORE – Robert Boey’s family was not surprised he was presented with the Sycamore Chamber’s Clifford Danielson Outstanding Citizen Award.

Boey’s wife, Doris, their children, Christopher and Valerie, and good friend, Bill Nicklas, shared stories about him at the chamber’s annual meeting Thursday afternoon before presenting him with the award.

“ ‘The best deal is a deal that works for everyone,’ ” Christopher said, quoting his father. “Those words wouldn’t resonate with me until many years later.”

Christopher said he was pleased that his father’s remarkable qualities were being recognized in such a public way.

Relocating to Sycamore from New York in 1981, Boey moved here to head up the engineering department at Anaconda Wire and Cable. He’s also known as a partner in American Bare Conductor Inc. and the Sycamore Industrial Park Corp.

Along with his business involvement, Boey also has served on the boards of trustees for Northern Illinois University and Kishwaukee College, he was one of the founders of the DeKalb County Economic Development Corp., and he has served on the boards of Kishwaukee Hospital, the NIU Foundation, the DeKalb Planning Commission and Castle Bank.

Boey’s wife, Doris, joked that she’s been “riding on Bob’s coattails for over 50 years. And it’s been a great ride.”

Their daughter, Valerie, called her father their hero. She said even though he worked long hours, he never missed a performance when she was a member of the high school’s pompon squad.

“It was a great feeling, knowing my dad was there cheering me on,” she said.

Nicklas, NIU vice president of public safety and community relations, introduced Boey and presented the award.

Boey shared a couple of anecdotes about his move to Sycamore, meeting former NIU President Bill Monat for the first time and working with Clifford Danielson.

Karen Pletsch, the general manager of Shaw Media’s DeKalb operations, was introduced as the president of the chamber’s executive committee for 2014. Shaw Media owns the Daily Chronicle.

With 355 people present, the chamber also recognized DeKalb Sycamore Chevrolet Cadillac GMC with the Discover Diamond award, Northern Illinois University received the Chamber Champion Award, Barnaby Complete Printing Services was honored with the Chamber Spirit – Outstanding Small Business award and NB&T was given the Chamber Vision – Outstanding Business award.

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