2019 Annual Awards Banquet

Posted by Brittany Willison on 01/29/2019

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 can 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. Joe Cardenas was named Mercy’s 2018 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. Jessica Lyle was named Integris Health Edmond’s 2018 Volunteer of the Year for her leadership and dedication to the Edmond Chamber, as well as the community. Lyle is a graduate of the Leadership Edmond program, serves on the Ambassador Council, is a significant contributor to Edmond’s Dancing with the Stars, she sits on the Edmond Young Professionals Advisory Board and is a constant advocate for the Chamber and its programs.

OU Medical Center Edmond’s Young Professional of the Year

Sammy Flores, with Crawford Family Funeral, was the winner of OU Medical Center Edmond’s 2018 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.

First United Bank’s Small Business of the Year finalists were: AC Owen Construction, Brent Gibson Classic Home Design and Crawford Family Funeral. The 2018 Small Business of the Year Award was given to AC Owen 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 RCB Bank’s 2018 Philanthropic Business of the Year was Premier Beauty Bar. Premier volunteers with Dress for Success, Thunder Cares, TEEM, The Hope Center and hosts several other events to benefit the community.

Prosperity Bank’s Woman of the Year

Stephanie Carel, co-owner of Silver Leaf Gems, was the recipient of the 2018 Woman of the Year award. Carel is known for her involvement in the Downtown Edmond Business Association, Edmond Historical Preservation and Trust and the Edmond Fine Arts Institute.

Citizen of the Year

The Edmond Chamber and members of the Edmond community enjoyed seeing Don Betz, President of the University of Central Oklahoma, accept the 2018 Citizen of the Year award on Friday night. After accepting his award, Betz shared a few words and enjoyed the evening with family, friends and colleagues.