Edmond Area Chamber of Commerce Announces 2015 Annual Award Winners

Posted by Rachel on 02/01/2016

The Edmond Area Chamber of Commerce hosted the 2015 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 29, 2016. More than 300 members of the Edmond community attended the event presented by Bob Howard Auto Group, with Cox Business Services as the Dessert Sponsor and Oklahoma Natural Gas, Intrust Bank and Bank of Oklahoma as the Silver Sponsors. Edmond Life & Leisure hosted a VIP reception prior to the event.

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. Lissa Qualls with Clarity Coaching was named 2015 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. Phil Kerbo was named 2015 Volunteer of the Year for his leadership and dedication to the Edmond Chamber, as well as the community. Kerbo is a graduate of the Leadership Edmond program, a significant contributor to the Total Resource Campaign and a member of the chamber’s board of directors. 

OU Medical Center Edmond’s Young Professional of the Year

Marcus Crawford, Crawford Family Funeral Home, was the winner of the 2015 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. Crawford is involved with the YMCA, the Edmond Senior Community Foundation, the Edmond Public Schools Foundation and is President-Elect of the Edmond Heritage Alliance.

Arvest Bank’s Small Business of the Year

The Small Business of the Year Award, now in its 14th 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.

Arvest Bank’s Small Business of the Year finalists were recognized by a video presentation of the three finalists: Dance Makers, Precision Vision of Edmond and Rubenstein & Pitts, PLLC.  The 2015 Small Business of the Year Award was given to Rubenstein & Pitts.

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 2015 Philanthropic Business of the Year was Edmond Life & Leisure. Edmond Life & Leisure gives back to the community through cash contributions, in-kind donations and volunteer hours at local organizations and events such as LibertyFest, the Fine Arts Institute of Edmond, the Edmond Historical Society and Edmond Mobile Meals.  

Prosperity Bank’s Woman of the Year

The finalists for Prosperity Bank’s Woman of the Year award were: Pam Kanaly, Arise Ministries and Janet Peery, YWCA of Oklahoma City.  Pam Kanaly was the recipient of Prosperity Bank’s 2015 Woman of the Year. Kanaly is the Co-Founder of Arise Ministries, an Edmond nonprofit that works to foster relationships with other organizations in an effort to encourage single mothers raising children alone. 

Bronze sponsors for the evening were: Allegiance Credit Union, Back40 Design, Baggerley Funeral Home, BancFirst, Bank SNB, Citizens Bank of Edmond, City of Edmond, Dance Makers, Edmond Electric, Francis Tuttle Technology Center, Innovative Healthcare Systems, MIDCON Data Services, OMPA, Quail Creek Bank, Rubenstein & Pitts, Tinker Federal Credit Union, University of Central Oklahoma, UMB Bank and Valliance Bank.

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 web site 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].