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Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce celebrates 97th annual banquet; names award winners

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NEWS RELEASE FROM THE JOPLIN AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

Joplin, Mo. - The Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce held its 97th Annual Banquet this evening at Missouri Southern State University’s Leggett & Platt Athletic Center. The following awards were given out:

Golden Apple Awards sponsored by The Empire District Electric Company and Missouri Southern State University (photos courtesy of 12Eighty-One Photography)

  • K-2nd Grade – Wendee Hughes, McKinley Elementary
  • 3rd-5th Grade – Emily Lone, St. Mary’s Elementary
  • 6th-8th Grade – Nancy Ohmart, College Heights Christian School
  • 9th-12th Grade – Kelly Pyle, Joplin High School

Seventy-three teachers from Joplin public and private schools were nominated by students, parents and coworkers.

The Golden Apple Awards program, in its 29th year, is designed to recognize excellence in the teaching profession.

Small and Large Industry of the Year sponsored by the Joplin Regional Economic Development Alliance

Every year a manufacturing, transportation or utility company is recognized as the Large and Small Industry of the Year for exhibiting substantial growth and creativity in addressing operating obstacles. The winners must make an ongoing commitment to the community as a company and through their employees.

Large Industry of the Year
Jasper Products

Small Industry of the Year
NEI Industrial Services

Small Business of the Year sponsored by BKD, LLP
The Small Business of the Year Awards program recognizes the importance of small business and not-for-profit organizations to the economy, job growth, and new products and services. Presenting sponsor of the awards is BKD, LLP.

1-10 Employee Category
AdornAble, Inc.

11-50 Employee Category
Choice Marketing

Not for Profit Category
Boys & Girls Club of Joplin

Outstanding Citizen of the Year sponsored by Southwest Missouri Bank
Rudolph Farber of Community Bank & Trust

Milestone Members presented by Freeman Health System
Celebrating commitment and dedication in the business community, the Chamber recognizes and honors its Milestone Members.

50 years of membership
Mason-Woodard Mortuary

40 years of membership
Ray Alburty Company
Joplin Supply Company

30 years of membership
Ad Systems, Inc.
Cleo’s Picture Framing and Design
Fletcher Auto Group
Mid America Accounts Control Bureau, Inc.
Stifel, Nicholaus & Company, Incorporated

20 years of membership
AAA Auto Club of Missouri
Anderson Glass
Briteway Building Maintenance
Consumer Credit Counseling Service
Covert Electric Supply, Inc.
Enterprise Rent-A-Car
Express Employment Professionals
Joplin Convention and Visitors Bureau
Kelly Insurance
Martin Luther School
The Medicine Shoppe
Northpark Mall
Sam’s Club #6415
Sherwin-Williams
Standard Transportation Services, Inc.
Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School
Tractor Supply Company

10 years of membership
Access Family Care
Advance Family EyeCare
Carlson Chiropractic Center
Casey’s General Stores, Inc.
Choice Marketing
Cintas Fire Protection
Coleman Vision Improvement Center
Colonial Life
Golden Corral
Hackett Hot Wings, LLC
Hillbilly Pumping & Hauling, Inc.
Legacy Farm & Lawn
Lesley Business Centers, LLC
Midwest Airend & Pump
Olive Garden
Peck Consulting Services
Private Health Corp./My Med Lab
Rib Crib
TJ Franz & Associates

Arty Award
Jo Mueller, George A. Spiva Center for the Arts (photo courtesy of Tina Smith, Show Me the Ozarks Magazine)

Young Professional of the Year
Christina Williams, Joplin Schools

Young Professionals Network Service Award
Jennifer Brothers, Waco Title

The 97th Annual Banquet was made possible by the following sponsors:

Presenting Sponsor
Innovative Objects

Gold Sponsor
Downstream Casino Resort

Venue Sponsor
Missouri Southern State University

Highlight Video Sponsor
KOAM-TV

Entertainment Provided by:
Dean Velasco, Michael and Lindsey Bowen

Master of Ceremonies
Clifford Wert, retired, U.S. Bank, N.A.

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