The Ardmore Chamber of Commerce celebrated the value of its many partnerships and recognized several of its outstanding members during its annual banquet Friday at the Ardmore Convention Center.


The Ardmore Chamber of Commerce celebrated the value of its many partnerships and recognized several of its outstanding members during its annual banquet Friday at the Ardmore Convention Center.

 

The theme of this year’s event was “Building Ardmore Through Partnerships.” The banquet gave chamber leaders the opportunity to recognize all those who serve on the Ardmore Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, the Ardmore Development Authority, the Ardmore Tourism Authority and the Chamber of Commerce Foundation Inc.

 

T.J. Riley, 2010/2011 Ardmore Chamber Chairman, recognized the 2011 Board of Directors and stressed the importance of partnerships in the community.

 

“Partnerships work,” he said. “There is magic in partnerships.”

 

Teresa Brown, Past Chairperson of the Ardmore Development Authority, recognized the 2010/2011 officers and trustees. Ardmore Tourism Authority Chairperson David Plesher recognized the 2010/2011 officers and the 2011 trustees. And Chairman Glenn Gee introduced the directors of the Chamber of Commerce Foundation Inc.   

 

Alan Bynum, chairperson of Ardmore Young Professionals, presented the Rising Star Award to Natalie Graham. The award is presented annually to one young professional who — in the spirit of bettering Ardmore — has distinguished himself/herself through continuous leadership, involvement and service to the Ardmore community. Bynum said Graham’s vision and commitment to the community and her active involvement in leadership activities made her the perfect choice for the award.

 

Molly Ann Cypert presented the Bob Cypert Leadership Award, sponsored by Southern Oklahoma Women’s Health, to Bob Bates.

 

This annual award is given to an individual who exhibits a positive attitude, works behind the scenes to enhance the community, works for the good of the community, is active in civic and community work and exhibits vision and forethought for the betterment of the area. Bate’s involvement in community activities includes a strong commitment to education, where he served on the Take Two Academy Board of Directors and the Ardmore City School Enrichment Foundation. His passion for sports and fitness has played a role in his maintaining Noble Field for many years as well as his role as “Charlie the Chigger” during the Annual Chigger Chase. His dedication to the community can be seen in his active roles in his church and with his family.

 

Riley and Sally Reser of BancFirst honored main street coffee  as the BancFirst Small Business of the Year. This award recognizes a small business that has thrived and contributed to the economic vitality of the Ardmore area. In announcing the winner, Riley noted that main street coffee was a typical small business that faced many challenges rehabbing a historic building and making it the “place to meet in Ardmore.” As newcomers to Ardmore in 2004, Dave and Pam Plesher were committed to preserving the nostalgia of downtown while adding a flair all their own. The business has been recognized by the Oklahoma Main Street Program with a Best Business Award, and owner Pam Plesher has been recognized as a Board Member of the Year.

 

Wes Stucky, president and CEO of the Ardmore Chamber of Commerce, Ardmore Development Authority and Ardmore Tourism Authority, introduced the chamber staff and provided a brief overview of the progress made during the past year and introduced a video highlighting the chamber’s achievements. Janet Bateman was honored for her 25 years of service to the Ardmore Chamber of Commerce.

 

The sponsors for the banquet were: Presenting Gold Sponsors — The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation Inc. and Mercy Memorial Health Center; and Silver Sponsors — T.C. Craighead and Company and Gray Television, dba KXII.