2017 Awards Winners Announced
Mercy’s Ambassador of the Year
The Edmond Chamber Ambassadors are a group of dedicated volunteers who mentor Chamber members and 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 through their involvement. Michael Buoy was named 2017 Ambassador of the Year.
Integris Health Edmond’s Volunteer of the Year
The Edmond Chamber has many volunteers that help with many councils, committees, programs and events. Matt Boydstun was named 2017 Volunteer of the Year for his leadership and dedication to the Edmond Chamber, as well as the community. Boydstun is a graduate of the Leadership Edmond program, a significant contributor to the Total Resource Campaign, on the Edmond Young Professionals Steering Committee, and a constant advocate for the Chamber and its programs.
OU Medical Center Edmond’s Young Professional of the Year
Danny Slusarchuk, with Standards IT, was the winner of the 2017 Young Professional of the Year 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.
First United’s Small Business of the Year
The Small Business of the Year Award 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.
Arvest Bank’s Small Business of the Year finalists were: Martha Garzon DMD, RadVine Marketing, and Red Valley Landscape & Construction. The 2017 Small Business of the Year Award was given to Red Valley Landscape & Construction.
RCB Bank’s Philanthropic Business of the Year
The Philanthropic Business of the Year Award honors businesses that have made significant philanthropic contributions to the Edmond community. Applicants were judged based on the extent of services provided to the community, the impact these services had, and the commitment that these corporations have shown over time.
The winner of the 2017 Philanthropic Business of the Year was Homes by Taber. Homes by Taber gives back to the community through employee volunteer opportunities, giving to a different non-profit each month, and much more.
Prosperity Bank’s Woman of the Year
The finalists for Prosperity Bank’s Woman of the Year award were: Lissa Qualls with Clarity Coaching, Shannon Price with the Edmond Fine Arts Institute, and Jeanean South with Green Shoe Foundation. Shannon Price was the recipient of the 2017 Woman of the Year award. Her contributions to the community, dedication to her career, and humble outlook have inspired women and men throughout Edmond.
137th Home Town Hero Award
The 137th plays a large role at the Edmond Chamber. Col. Devin Wooden was excited to present the Hometown Hero Award to FSB for their contributions to the community.
Citizen of the Year
The Edmond Chamber and members of the Edmond community enjoyed seeing Darci Lynne Farmer, winner of America's Got Talent, accept the 2017 Citizen of the Year award on Friday night. After accepting her award, she performed two songs and had a fun night with her family and friends.