The Edmond Area Chamber of Commerce hosted the 2014 Annual Awards Banquet last week at the University of Central Oklahoma to honor the achievements and contributions of many of Edmond’s finest companies and citizens. More than 350 members of the Edmond community attended 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. Kyle Thompson with Gateway was named 2014 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. Lissa Qualls, Legal Shield, was named 2014 Volunteer of the Year for her leadership and dedication to the Edmond chamber, as well as the community. Qualls serves as an ambassador for the chamber, attending nearly every ribbon cutting and performing many goodwill calls and visits to chamber members. She also serves on the Women’s Network Council and helps plan the monthly Women’s Network Breakfast and annual Women’s Power Luncheon.
OU Medical Center Edmond’s Young Professional of the Year
Brian Blundell, BancFirst, was the winner of the 2014 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.
Blundell currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Edmond Chamber. He was also President of the Edmond Public Schools Foundation for the 2013-2014 academic year. He is a regular volunteer with Habitat for Humanity, the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon and Endeavor Games.
Arvest Bank’s Small Business of the Year
The Small Business of the Year Award, now in its 13th 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 in Arledge & Associates, Back40 Design and Best of Books.
The 2014 Small Business of the Year award was given to Back40 Design. Back40 Design started building websites as a two-person operation of David and Sandy Miller. Back40 has now been designing websites for 14 years and publishing Outlook Magazine for 10 years. They have built websites and designed marketing projects for a variety of industries, organizations and events. Their team of 18 employees strives to provide fresh ideas, perspectives and interaction with every client.
RCB Bank’s Philanthropic Business of the Year
This year, the Edmond Chamber created a new award with the intention of honoring businesses that have made significant philanthropic contributions to the community. The winner of the 2014 Philanthropic Business of the Year was Hornbeek Blatt Architects.
Prosperity Bank’s Woman of the Year
The three finalists for Prosperity Bank’s Woman of the Year award were Athena Captain, Turner & Son Homes; Margo Price, Miracle League of Edmond and Dr. Cynthia Rolfe, University of Central Oklahoma. Margo Price was the recipient of the 2014 Prosperity Bank’s Woman of the Year. Price started the Miracle League of Edmond in 2000 with the goal of serving as a mentor to both individuals with special needs and their families. In 2005, Price raised $100,000 to build the handicap-accessible field at Mitch Park.
Bronze sponsors for the evening were: Allegiance Credit Union, Back40 Design, Baggerley Funeral Home and Memorial Park Funeral Home & Cemetery, BancFirst, Bank of Oklahoma, City of Edmond, The Edmond Sun, Evans & Davis, Francis Tuttle Technology Center, Hornbeek Blatt Architects, Innovative Healthcare Systems, INTRUST Bank, MIDCON Data Services, Miracle League of Edmond, OMPA, Ozarka Water, Coffee and Private Labeling, Tinker Federal Credit Union, Turner & Son Homes, University of Central Oklahoma, UMB Bank and Valliance Bank.