Melissa Kehl of Rieke Office Interiors Wins Daily Herald Business Ledger’s Entrepreneurial Excellence Award

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Rieke Office Interiors (ROI) President Melissa Kehl was one of several honorees honored during the Daily Herald Business Ledger’s annual Entrepreneurial Excellence Awards. The virtual ceremony was held on Sept. 24.

Rieke Office Interiors President Melissa Kehl wins the Daily Herald Business Ledger's Entrepreneurial Excellence Award.

“It was an honor to be nominated and I was flattered about what people wrote about me in their testimonials. Even though I am a firm believer that happiness is an inside job, it feels pretty amazing to get the accolades."

Rieke Office Interiors (ROI) President Melissa Kehl was one of several honorees honored during the Daily Herald Business Ledger’s annual Entrepreneurial Excellence Awards. The virtual ceremony was held on Sept. 24.

The Ledger’s awards recognize and build entrepreneurship in Cook County, DuPage County, Kane County, Lake County, McHenry County, and Will County. Honorees demonstrate the best traits of entrepreneurship, including the willingness to take risk, drive, perseverance, and business creativity.

The publication recognized ROI, an Elgin-based business, in its Innovation Category. This award recognizes the honorees’ best innovation-based products, technologies, systems or practices.

ROI, which provides high impact, functional design, and furnishing solutions for workplaces, made an important decision to pivot the business when COVID-19 struck in March 2020 and forced many companies to shut down. Kehl had the foresight to see that acrylic shields would play a big part in helping protect employees and customers by ensuring social distancing. This led to the creating of the SafeSpace™ PPE product line.

“It was an honor to be nominated and I was flattered about what people wrote about me in their testimonials,” Kehl said. “Even though I am a firm believer that happiness is an inside job, it feels pretty amazing to get the accolades. Being an entrepreneur can be lonely. You don’t get pats on the back. I realize that they’re not needed because entrepreneurs have self-motivation but this award is a nice pat on my back.”

About Rieke Office Interiors
Rieke Office Interiors (ROI) has an impressive, state-of-the-art, 150,000 square foot, office furniture manufacturing facility in Elgin, Illinois. As a certified WBE business in its 27th year, ROI provides innovative products and services that are fully customizable, a unique capability that isn't found anywhere else in the office interior industry. This flexibility allows ROI to create a big impact for any budget, streamlining the project process to make each vision come to life. For more information, visit Rieke.com.

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