Louisa’s communities shaped by special people

Posted on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 9:00 am

Jack Manzari, chairman of Louisa Chamber of Commerce, presents Ed Schuler, founder and CEO of Bio-Cat, with the prestigious Business Person of the Year award.

Jack Manzari, chairman of Louisa Chamber of Commerce, presents Ed Schuler, founder and CEO of Bio-Cat, with the prestigious Business Person of the Year award.

Members of the Louisa County Chamber of Commerce were reminded of their importance to the community and selected individuals were honored for their support and involvement during the group’s annual ceremony on Thursday, April 3. More than 100 members of the local chamber attended the banquet, which is  held annually at Shenandoah Crossing Resort in Gordonsville.

During the event, LCC chairman Jack Manzari presented Ed Schuler, the founder and CEO of Bio-Cat, as the award’s 2014 recipient. Manzari referenced Bio-Cat’s presence within the community and state-of-the-art facilities as reasons for the chamber’s selection.

“Ed is a person that has made a great contribution to the community, and the country in general,” Manzari said.

Since founding Bio-Cat in 1988, Schuler has gone on to mold the company into a force in the world of enzyme production. Schuler currently holds more than a dozen patents in the industry, and the company’s products are used by food, beverage and cleaning companies across the country.

During his acceptance speech, Schuler deflected the honor to his team.

“It’s an honor for me as well as my company to receive this title,” Schuler said. “Any person who receives an award like this must recognize the people that make it possible: the company’s employees.”

Schuler specifically alluded to the past contributions made by former Bio-Cat Vice President of Operations Brian Huffman, who passed away in December.

“Brian was the hardest worker and the most dependable individual I ever supervised,” Schuler said.

Schuler also applauded the efforts of the Chamber in recent years, providing his own humorous, anecdotal evidence – crowded drives home from work – as a testament to the amount of commercial growth the group has helped create in recent years.

“At any given time, it reminds me of Time Square in New York,” Schuler said. “Doing business in Louisa has been both a privilege and a pleasure. I told someone recently that my years here in Louisa have been the most pleasurable I’ve ever had.”

To read the entire story, see the April 10 edition of The Central Virginian.

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