2020 Dexter Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet
Saturday, February 8, 2020
Dexter Statesman/Josh Ayers
The annual Dexter Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet was Saturday evening at The Gathering. A catered meal was served to the guests, a photo booth was available as well as a catered cake table. Area businesses sponsored the evenings activities. Senator Doug Libla and Representative Herman Morse were on hand to present resolutions to each award recipient.
The retiring directors of the Dexter
Chamber of Commerce were recognized by Chamber President Matt Ternes.
Pictured is retiring director Jake Nesseirodt of National Title and
Escrow, with Chamber Executive Director Alisha Trammell. Nesseirodt
served as a director from January 2017 to December 2019. Not pictured
is retiring director Andrea Sisk with Bank of Advance, who was unable
to attend. Sisk also served from January 2017 to December 2019.
Chamber President Matt Ternes also
introduced the current directors. They are from left: Mark Whitehead,
Newwave Communications; Tiffany Wright, Gill Family Properties;
Dustin Mayer, Mayer Law Firm and Stoddard County Title and Escrow;
Cecil Haley, Southern Bank; Dwayne Pease, Faurcia and Sue Ann
Williams, SoutheastHEALTH of Stoddard County. Not pictured is Maddie
Guethle, First Midwest Bank and Janet Palmer, Greenversity.
The Organization of the Year was
awarded to Communities Loving and Supporting Students (CLASS). The
central goal of CLASS is to level the playing field for students so
they can focus more on their education and less on their clothing. In
2019 CLASS and its volunteers were able to provide 104 students each
with three complete outfits, socks, underclothing, pajamas, tennis
shoes and a winter coat. Pictured are Trammell, Representative Herman
Morse and Senator Doug Libla presenting the award to representatives
CLASS Pam Stuever, Toni Pyle and Rhonda Stuever.
The Business of the Year was awarded to
the First Missouri Bank of SEMO. First Missouri Bank of SEMO has
assisted many area organizations through monetary donations and
volunteering. It also provided T.S. Hill Middle School students with
tablets and a recharging station at an expense of over $8,000.
Pictured are Trammell, Morse and Libla presenting the award to
representatives of the First Missouri Bank of SEMO: Mike Hobbs, Holden
Bruce, Jessica Reeves, Melissa Rhine, Elizabeth Henson and Tracy
The Industry of the Year was awarded to
Jim Gibson Trucking, LLC, which has been in business for over 70
years. The company started as just a lime business and now has a
fleet of 15 truck and 15 employees. Pictured are Trammell, Morse and
Libla presenting the award to representatives of Jim Gibson Trucking,
LLC Jim Gibson, Teresa Gibson and Colten Gibson.
The Educator of the Year was awarded to
Peggy Potts. Potts is the speech and language therapist at Southwest
Elementary. Potts is active with CLASS and initiated the Southwest
Clothes Coset where teachers or students can select new or gently
used clothing for those in need. Pictured are from left: Trammell,
Morse, Peggy Potts and Libla.
The inaugural John W. Ringer Lifetime
Achievement award was awarded to its namesake John W. Ringer. Ringer,
a retired attorney, played a vital role in bringing a hospital to
Dexter in the late 1960s. Ringer served as legal council to the
Dexter Memorial Hospital Board. He was also responsible for contracts
of the physicians and nurse practitioners. Ringer served on the
hospital board for 40 years and served as president for 25 years.
Ringer retired from the board, now known as the Regional Healthcare
Foundation in 2019. Pictured presenting the award in back from left:
Morse, Trammell, President of the Regional Healthcare Foundation
Aaron Mathis and Libla. In front is John W. Ringer.