Every year since 1985, the Greater Green Bay Chamber has honored an outstanding volunteer with the Daniel Whitney Award. The Daniel Whitney Award is the only award whose nominees are chosen and voted on by the Chamber staff.

The impact of volunteerism is powerful, and especially so in an organization like the Greater Green Bay Chamber in which countless volunteers help carry out the mission.

Daniel Whitney was among the first of the easterners to call Green Bay home. He also established the town of Navarino, now known as Green Bay’s downtown. Without the initiative of people like Whitney, considered a “founding father of Green Bay,” our community wouldn’t be what it is today.

This year, Jim Knopf has been chosen to receive the Daniel Whitney Award because he has been one of the most passionate Chamber ambassadors and works wholeheartedly to help raise awareness, create networking opportunities, make business contacts and connect with companies on a personal level. Jim has participated in many Chamber events, such as ribbon cuttings, Business After Hours and Power Networking Breakfasts. Plus, they co-chair the Annual Chamber Golf Outing and volunteers as an application reader for the Golden Apple Awards.

In the community, Jim is involved with the Howard-Suamico Business Professional Association, Bay Port High School Scholarships, American Red Cross and American Cancer Society fundraisers. Jim Knopf is also on the board of directors for the Educational Veterans War Memorial.