EDMOND AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ANNOUNCES 2012 ANNUAL AWARDS WINNERS
EDMOND, OK – The Edmond Area Chamber of Commerce hosted the 2012 Annual Awards Banquet to honor the achievements and contributions of many of Edmond’s finest companies and citizens. The banquet was held at the University of Central Oklahoma’s Nigh University Ballroom on January 25, 2013. More than 300 members of the Edmond community attended the event presented by Edmond Electric with GT Clean and Encore Professional Medical Services as the Wine Sponsor, Cimarron Software Services as the Entertainment Sponsor, Cox Business Services as the Dessert Sponsor and Oklahoma Natural Gas and First Commercial Bank as the Silver Sponsors. AT&T hosted a VIP reception prior to the event. The theme of the evening was “Paint the Town Red”.
Mercy Health Ambassador of the Year
Edmond Chamber Ambassadors are a group of dedicated volunteers who mentor Chamber members, attend ribbon-cuttings, events and special meetings. The honor of Ambassador of the Year is awarded to the Chamber Ambassador who is able to make the highest number of goodwill calls, ribbon-cuttings and groundbreaking events throughout the year. The award is decided on a point based system with participants earning points by their involvement. Charles Oliver with Wells Fargo Advisors was named 2012 Ambassador of the year.
Integris Health Edmond Volunteer of the Year
The Edmond Chamber has many volunteers that are a part of many councils, task forces, programs and events. Sarah Maulsby, Coppermark Bank, was named 2012 Volunteer of the Year for her leadership and dedication to the Edmond Chamber as well as the community. Maulsby served on the Edmond Young Professionals steering committee, the Banquet committee, and several other committees at the Edmond Chamber. This year, she worked tirelessly on the 2012 Rio Carnival Auction. She is also a regular attendee of most networking events.
Tayo Fichtl Young Professional Award presented by OU Medical Center Edmond
Angie Johnson, Coppermark Bank, was the winner of the 2012 Tayo Fichtl Young Professional Award. This award is given to a young professional who demonstrates leadership, provides valuable service to their business or profession, gives back to their community, exhibits initiative and creativity and serves as a role model for young people, both personally and professionally.
Johnson has been very active in the community while also excelling at her profession. Johnson’s involvement includes Board Member for Suited for Success, past chair for Edmond Young Professionals, Board of Directors and Executive Committee for the Edmond Chamber, and most recently panning a statewide Young Professionals Conference and starting up a statewide Young Professionals Organization.
The Chairman’s Award was a special honor given by the 2012 Edmond Chamber Chairman of the Board, Carl Tipton, Midcon Data Services. This award was given to the person who contributed the most to the Chairman’s term. Ron Decker, Innovative Health Systems, Inc. was the recipient of the award for his support, knowledge and encouragement throughout the year.
Bank of Oklahoma Small Business of the Year
The Small Business of the Year Award, now in its 11th year, honors small businesses that have made outstanding contributions to the economy and community. Nominees must be an owner/partner/major shareholder of the business and must be active in the day-to-day management and operation of the business. The business should also display leadership in business and community affairs, be actively involved in professional and/or trade associations and maintain equal opportunity employment.
The Bank of Oklahoma Small Business of the Year finalists were recognized by a video presentation of the three finalists: Optique Vision Center, Framin’ Gallery and Parkway Cleaners.
The 2012 Small Business of the Year Award goes to Parkway Cleaners. Parkway Cleaners began as a fledgling two man operation in 1959 and has been a member of the Chamber since 1972. Over the past 53 years it has grown to become one of the largest single site cleaners in the world while remaining under the same family name. Beyond dry cleaning and laundry, Parkway now offers leather and suede cleaning, wedding gown preservation, household items cleaning, and free pickup and delivery. They have dominated the Edmond market with constant growth acquiring an estimated 65 percent of the dry cleaning business.
Coppermark Bank Woman of the Year
The Coppermark Bank Woman of the Year award had four finalists. Finalists included: Victoria Caldwell, ReMAX Associates; Pam Kanaly, Arise Ministries; Shelley Pulliam, Arise Ministries; and Deb Stanaland, YWCA. Victoria Caldwell was the 2012 recipient and was selected because of her outstanding contribution to the Edmond community. Caldwell has served in many leadership roles, such as the Edmond Board of Realtors, the Oklahoma City Metropolitan Association of Realtors and served as President of the Oklahoma Association of Realtors. Caldwell was awarded the 2010 Journal Record Woman of the Year”50 Making a Difference.”
Bronze sponsors for the evening were: Adfitech, Lester, Loving, and Davies, PC, RCB Bank, Edmond Sun, BancFirst, Oklahoma Christian University, Spirit Bank, Francis Tuttle Technology Center, MidCon Data Services, Framin’ Gallery, Allegiance Credit Union, Oklahoma Fidelity Bank, Prime Bank Group, Arvest Bank, University of Central Oklahoma, Optique Vision Center, Parkway Cleaners, Petra Industries, Inc., Jetta Corporation, Rubenstein & Pitts, PLLC, Dippin Dots, LLC, Graco Roofing and Construction and MLC Mortgage Corporation. Fastsigns provided the signage for the evening and Designs by Tammy provided the flower centerpieces.
The Edmond Area Chamber of Commerce is the voice for business. We are a hundred year-old, 1100 member organization working together to create a strong local economy and to promote the community. The Edmond Chamber provides networking opportunities and business contacts for our members and represents business interests to government. For information about the Edmond Area Chamber of Commerce, please visit our web site at www.edmondchamber.com or call 405-341-2808. Media inquiries should contact Rachel Martin, Coordinator – Communications, at 405-341-2808 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.