Perhaps its most prestigious award of such an important event was given to Dan Frederick, named Citizen of the Year. There’s no doubt on Frederick being a leader and instrumental part of the community. Chamber board member and personal friend Matt Ehrhardt said Frederick’s accolades are made even more meaningful because of the passion behind the actions.
“We all know people that give of themselves because they are passionate about a cause, want to see change happen, want to make a difference or because they simply care,” Ehrhardt said, recognizing Frederick as one of these people. “These individuals have made a difference in our lives and in our Milan community.”
Named MVP as an Edison quarterback for the Firelands Conference champions back in 1982, he was once again hailed as an MVP for all he’d done for Thomas Edison’s birth place. Modestly, Frederick said all of his work was to create a “better place for my boys” to live in and attend school. He and his wife Tina are the parents of Zachary and Nicholas, both graduates of Edison.
His design work can be seen throughout the area “with many beneficial projects right here in Milan,” Ehrhardt said.
In fact, Frederick’s firm, Daniel Frederick Architects, was named business of the year in 2001. He helped with many projects including assisting to get the Edison fieldhouse funded and constructed in 2016, for which he also provided construction management services pro bono. He personally did much of the construction work on the project — a total donation of more than $100,000 worth of professional services.
“This project is just one of over 20 athletic booster improvements over the last 25 years which were designed pro-bono by Dan,” Ehrhardt said.
Frederick has served as a Milan Township trustee since 2011. He also was elected to the Ohio Township Association board of trustees.
In all, Frederick was thanked for all he has done for “making Milan a better place to live and work.”
Also recognized at the event was G.W. Samaha Antiques for being “one of the most influential business in Milan for over 70 years.” Frederick, who presented the award, said Samaha made a “significant contribution to the Milan community over a sustained period of time” after owner George Samaha painstakingly restoring the Kelley Building in 1976. His work helped Milan, along with the Kelley Building, to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
“The Chamber of Commerce recognizes that historical tourism will play an increasingly important role in Milan’s future and out community is very grateful for the solid foundation provided by our 2019 Business of the Year, Samaha Antiques and the Kelley Building,” Frederick said.
The Mid-Summer Antique Festival was awarded with the Organization of the Year award. The Youth Service Award was given to an unconventional recipient — Edison Local Schools is celebrating its 50th-year anniversary with its first class — the class of 1969.