BELOIT - The Beloit Historical Society will induct five people into its Hall of Fame during a ceremony set for 1 p.m., Oct. 13 at the Historical Society, 845 Hackett St.
This year's inductees are Bill Barth, Tom Finley, Diane Hendricks, Curt Lansbery and Ron Whitley. The Beloit Daily News will run a story on each of the inductees noting their accomplishments and contributions to the Stateline Area:
Tom Finley's history has three main interconnecting features - business, family and community.
The 1975 graduate of Beloit Memorial High School owned Hipp Fruit Farm with his brother, Mike, shortly after graduating from the University of Wisconsin - Madison with a degree in accounting in 1979. A year later, he started working at the car dealership owned by his father, Maurice. The dealership moved to South Beloit in 1984, but the dealership was back in Beloit in the 1990s. Today, Finley Buick, GMC is owned and operated by Tom Finley and his son, Matt, is the finance manager of the dealership.
Outside of his business, Finley has been deeply involved in the community. He co-chaired the Beloit Memorial High School referendum committee with Dr. Tom Jones om 1992, which voters approved allowing $26 million to remodel Beloit Memorial High School. He also chaired the committee promoting a 2002 referendum asking voters to approve the city's purchase of the Beloit water utility from the Alliant company.
He has served on the Stateline Boys and Girls Club Board for 17 years, serving as president for two years and receiving the President's Award on three different occasions. He has served on the Family Services Board for 19 years. He has served on the Beloit Health System Foundation Board for over 15 years and completed two terms as president. He co-chaired the fundraising effort to raise more than $3 million to remodel the Emergency room at Beloit Memorial Hospital and he was a member of the steering committee for the hospital's Heart Hospital campaign which raised $7 million.
He received the Bridge to the Future Award from the Stateline Community Foundation in 2015, recognizing his community service.