Flappers and fedoras filled the Ardmore Convention Center Friday evening at the 1920s themed 2019 Chamber Awards Banquet. The business community celebrated achievements made during the past year. Four individuals, Marcus High, Bregan Heitz, Beth Windel and Kevin Butler received special recognition for their unique contributions to the community.
The first award of the evening was the AYP Rising Star Award. Lyndsi Cain, former president of AYP, said this award goes to those who “shine as an example of what AYP represents.” Both Bregan Heitz and Marcus High received the award.
Heitz is the assistant vice president and commercial lending officer at Landmark Bank. He is the current president of AYP, a former president of Kiwanis Club of Ardmore, and sits on the Ardmore Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.
Marcus High serves as community health and access manager at Mercy Ardmore. Some of his contributions to the community include serving on the AYP Board of Directors, the city planning commission and the Ardmore Parks and Recreation Advisory Board.
The BancFirst Small Business Award went to Beth Windel, founder of Southern Design Group. Jim Pratt, president of BancFirst Ardmore, said this award is given to an individual or company that demonstrates a free enterprise spirit while making a difference in the community.
“This year’s winner received multiple nominations and represents the future of Southern Oklahoma,” Pratt said. “One nomination stated that it (Southern Design Group) has grown to great prominence in our community while maintaining a commitment to be involved and make a difference.”
Windel is a graduate of Leadership Ardmore, Leadership Oklahoma Class 30, and was a cofounder of Girls on the Run.
The final award of the evening, the OG&E Bob and Mollyann Cypert Leadership Award, went to Kevin Butler. The Cypert’s daughter, Jenny Cypert-Gibson, said winners of this award represent some of the most effective leaders in Southern Oklahoma.
“A remark included with his nomination noted that regardless of the organization or activity, you’ll see this individual actively engaged, often working in the background, to ensure a more successful outcome,” Cypert-Gibson said. “My parents would agree this year’s honoree is most deserving of this recognition.”
Some of Butler’s work within the community includes serving on the Goddard Center Board of Directors, the Ardmore Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and serving two years as Chair of the Ardmore Tourism Authority.
“I am so honored to be included with this group of past recipients,” Butler said. “I knew Bob and Mollyann both and they were very special people.”