Quincy Area Chamber of Commerce inducts two community leaders

The two inductees, Edward Schneidman and Charles A. Scholz

Two Quincy community leaders now are a part of the Business Hall of Fame.

The Quincy Area Chamber of Commerce honored the late Edward J. Schneidman and the late Charles A. Scholz today during its 126th annual meeting.

Schneidman served as Quincy Mayor from 1941 to 1946.

Among his many accomplishments, Schneidman organized a local defense council, took initiative in securing Quincy's only war plant, led the campaign for a bond issue for a new airport, and modernized city government.

His nephew Edward Schneidman was there to accept the award on the families behalf.

"He was a very progressive, visionary thinker," said Schneidman. "I think he lead the way for developing the Quincy Airport, which really brought this area into the modern age, and I think it continues to be of great value to the economic well-being of the area."

Charles A. Scholz was an attorney who for more than 60 years served as an advisor to help business owners in the community.

Scholz was active in community service and philanthropy and served on the board of directors for St. Mary Hospital, the Quincy Public Library, and the Community Foundation, and more.

His son Chuck Scholz spoke on his father's accomplishments.

"My dad was a great leader, and taught us all to step up and do our part, and really was instrumental in a lot of significant improvements to the quality of life in Quincy," Scholz said. "So to see that recognized means a lot to us as a family."

Amy Looten is the Executive Director of the Chamber of Commerce and thinks the city of Quincy has benefited greatly from these two men

"We think that the great business in our community is no accident. We have had and continue to have great leaders that make that all possible," said Looten. "We want to celebrate, and we want to tell those stories. We think that these gentleman, all of them in our hall, are an inspiration to this generation of leaders and the next generation of leaders, and that's what we want to inspire them to do today."

There are 36 members in the hall of fame, and all of them can be viewed in the Oakley-Lindsay Civic Center.