2021 Dexter Chamber of Commerce Awards
Saturday, March 6, 2021
Dexter Statesman/Josh Ayers
The annual Dexter Chamber of Commerce Awards ceremony took place Saturday evening at The Gathering in Dexter. A reception, featuring finger food and a cake bar, was held along with the ceremony. Representative Herman Morse and Senator Jason Bean presented proclamations to the winners.
recipient of the Dexter Community Lifetime Achievement Award was Mark
Stidham. Mark started his work for the City of Dexter in 1997 as
Ward 3 alderman. In March of 2001, Mayor John Pruitt appointed Mark
as Dexter's first City Administrator. During Stidham's 20 years with
the city, he worked tirelessly for Dexter. From 1997 to 2020, Dexter
has consistently seen a yearly sales tax increase. Stidham served on
several state and local boards. Such boards were the Three Rivers
Endowment Trust, The Bootheel Regional Planning Commission, the
Transportation Advisory Council and last year he was appointed by
Governor Mike Parson to the Missouri 911 Board. Pictured from left accepting for the late Mark Stidham are Senator Jason Bean, Debbie Stidham, Brent Stidham, Lauren Stidham and Representative Herman Morse.
Loflin is the 2020 Citizen of the Year. Loflin is at nearly every
Dexter event and Bearcat sporting event. Her business Show Me Times
is celebrating its 10th
year in business. Loflin serves on several non-profit committees. Pictured from left are Senator Jason Bean, Dee Loflin and Representative Herman Morse.
kindergarten teacher, Whitney Horton was named Educator of the Year.
Horton is able to take a class of 20 students and meet each students'
individual needs. She gives everyone of her students a unique
kindergarten experience that will help instill a love for learning.
Pictured from left are Senator Jason Bean, Whitney Horton and Representative Herman Morse.
2020 Organization of the Year is the Dexter Schools. When
the school year abruptly ended in March the school district was able
to continue providing breakfast, lunch and snacks to students. In
August the district elected to keep the students in the classroom and
each school in the district works together to provide a safe
environment for the staff and students. Pictured from left are: Senator Jason Bean, School Board Members Nancy Mayer, Rick Williams, Representative Herman Morse, School Board President Jim Reiker, School Board Vice President Ben Worley and Assistant Superintendent Gavin Miller.
Tyson Foods was
named the 2020 Industry of the Year. Tyson Foods, which began in
1935 and came to Dexter in 1997. While other plants shut down during the
COVID-19 pandemic Tyson took steps to stay open and keep heir
employees safe. They hired a COVID nurse, installed barriers in their beak room and training center, provide
masks for all employees, conduct temperature checks and do random
weekly COVID testing. Pictured are: Senator Jason Bean, Representative Herman Morse, Tyson Foods Representative Mark Avery, Debbie Soloman, Brian Cato, Kelly Schaefer, Caleb Shafer, Reginald Griffin, Rhonda Arnold and Cathy Smart.
Center of Stoddard County was named the 2020 Business of the Year at
the Dexter Chamber of Commerce Awards Reception. They worked closely
with the Stoddard County Health Department and emergency response
agencies regarding testing and distribution of public health
information. SoutheastHEALTH Center of Stoddard County opened an
Occupational Medicine Clinic in 2020 to serve the area. Pictured are CEO of SoutheastHEALTH of Stoddard County Sue Ann Williams, Dr. Drew Satterfield, Dr. Raza Jalal, Dr. Mayur Ramesh, Kim Essner PA, Region Vice President SoutheastHEALTH Kathy Vickery, Amy Ellinghouse, SoutheastHEALTH COO Maria Sudak, Senator Jason Bean and Representative Herman Morse.
The Dexter Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors from left are President Cecil Haley, first Vice President Dustin Mayer, Secretary/Treasurer Maddie Guethle, Second Vice President Tara Barker, Tiffany Wright, Mark Whitehead and Matt Looney. Not pictured are directors Misti McBride and Linda Ulm.
The retiring members of the board of directors were recognized at the event. Pictured is Dexter Chamber Executive Director Alisha Trammell (center) along with retiring board members Sue Ann Williams (left) and Janet Palmer. Not pictured is retiring president Matt Ternes.