Edmond Chamber Announces Inductees into Edmond Hall of Fame

Posted by Rachel on 05/12/2015

The Edmond Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce the 2015 inductees into The Edmond Hall of Fame. The Edmond Hall of Fame recognizes and honors Edmond citizens that have made significant contributions to the community through their dedicated involvement in city government, education, civic organizations and/or career achievements. Inductees will be honored at a black-tie optional banquet held at Oak Tree Country Club on June 19, 2015.

The 2015 Hall of Fame inductees are: Michael Brown, Mitzi Hancuff, Art Proctor, Max Speegle and Scott Verplank.

Michael Brown is a native Oklahoman who served Edmond as a City Councilman while attending Oklahoma City University School of Law.  He later became Under Secretary of Homeland Security and Director of FEMA under President George W. Bush. He resides in Colorado where he hosts a syndicated radio program and speaks worldwide on issues of homeland security. He is the author of Deadly Indifference: The Perfect [Political] Storm.

Mitzi Hancuff’s greatest legacy is Executive Director of the Fine Arts Institute of Edmond.  In her 25 years, curriculum, programming and partnerships grew at an amazing pace.  Taking the organization from 90 students in an 800 square foot rental to over 3,000 students in an 8,000 square foot debt-free art center was a significant accomplishment. Since retiring in 2013, Mitzi remains active in the metro area.  She is married to J. Carl Hancuff and they have two sons and four grandchildren.

Art Proctor was the first golf professional at Kickingbird Golf Course when it opened in 1971. During his tenure at Kickingbird, he coached the golf team at Central State, wrote articles for the Edmond Sun and started the E.C. Hafer Junior Golf Program. At its peak, 66,000 rounds were played in one year on Kickingbird Golf Course. Art Proctor married his wife Connie in 1968.  They have two daughters.

C. Max Speegle has served the city of Edmond as a Municipal Judge from 1977 to 1986, City Attorney from 1986 to 1987 and City Manager from 1987 to 1994. Max served as General Counsel for the Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority and the Municipal Electric Systems of Oklahoma from 1994 to 2010. Additionally, he has taught courses in municipal finance, municipal management, economic development and law at the University of Central Oklahoma. He currently practices law in Edmond, concentrating on municipal law.

Scott Verplank was born in Dallas, Texas and has lived in Edmond for the last 29 years. Scott graduated from Oklahoma State University in 1986. He and his wife Kim have been married for 24 years and have four children. Scott became a professional golfer in 1986 and has played on the PGA Tour for 29 years. The Scott and Kim Verplank Foundation provides college scholarships for children with Type 1 Diabetes. 

The 2015 Hall of Fame Banquet is presented by Mercy. Tickets for the event are $125 per person or $1,000 for a corporate table of eight. For more information, please visit our website at www.edmondchamber.com or call 405-341-2808.

The Edmond Area Chamber of Commerce is the voice for business. We are a hundred year-old, 1,000 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 website at www.edmondchamber.com or call 405-341-2808. Media inquiries should contact Rachel Martin, Vice President – Communications & Marketing, at 405-341-2808 or email at [email protected].