As part of its
celebration of a successful 2016, the Greater Kokomo Chamber of Commerce
awarded 11 honors on Thursday evening.
Annual Celebration of Commerce & Community dinner and awards program at Bel
Air Events on Thursday, Nov. 3, featured reflections of the Chamber
accomplishments in 2016, progress updates from the Greater Kokomo Economic
Development Alliance and a special Sagamore of the Wabash award presentation.
“We are grateful for
the faith our members have in us and tonight is our way of showing that
gratitude,” said Marla Miller, manager of memberships with the Chamber of
Commerce. “We look forward each year to the opportunity to award some amazing
people and organizations in our community. This year, with the surprise
announcement of a Sagamore of the Wabash Award to Mike Stegall, it made the
evening even more special.”
The Chamber presented
several awards to members and businesses: Business Person of the Year to Lisa
Holaday of Community Howard Regional Health, Volunteer of the Year to Jason
Hoffer of First Church of the Nazarene, and Chamber Ambassador of the Year to
Deb Mumaw of Sam’s Club. Also, Small Business of the Year to Popcorn Café, Medium
Business of the Year to Coffee Junkiez/Pizza Junkiez, and Large Business of the
Year to First Farmers Bank & Trust.
The evening also
included awards in non-business categories, including Impact Non-Profit Award to
the Kokomo Family YMCA and Public Institution of the Year to Kokomo-Howard
County Public Library.
Other divisions of the
Alliance also presented awards to deserving recipients during the event: the
Downtown Association’s Downtown Champion Award was given to The Coterie, while
the Greater Kokomo Visitors Bureau awarded Oktoberfest Volkswagen Cruise-In organizer
Garry McNew with its prestigious FIRSTS Award, which stands for Fantastic
Individual Recognized for Superior Tourism Service.
In a special
recognition, State Rep. Mike Karickhoff, R-Kokomo, presented Charles M. “Mike”
Stegall with the Sagamore of the Wabash Award, Indiana’s highest honor given to
those who have distinguished themselves in the area of service.
“Mike has volunteered
countless hours by serving on numerous community boards and committees,”
Karickhoff said. “He has shown great leadership through the Kokomo Chamber of
Commerce, Greater Kokomo Economic Development Alliance and the Community
Foundation of Howard County. Because he helped encourage so much economic
development in our area, Mike truly deserves this great honor.”