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Members of the Pittsburg area business community gathered at Memorial Auditorium and Convention Center on May 25 for the Pittsburg Area Chamber of Commerce’s 2017 Annual Banquet. The sold out event celebrated the progress that has taken place over the past year in the Pittsburg area and recognized numerous businesses and community leaders.

“Our annual banquet provides us with a chance to say thank you and to highlight so many of the great businesses and individuals that have played a significant role in making our community a better place to live,” said Devin Gorman, vice president of operations for the chamber.

Award Winners:
Spirit of Pittsburg – Joe Dellasega
Small Business of the Year – Pro X Realty
City of Pittsburg Employer of the Year – Kendall Packaging Corporation
Educator of the Year – Tim Vesco, Frank Layden Elementary School
Chamber Volunteer of the Year – Brian Lorimer, Community National Bank & Trust
BEA Bill Coleman Business Partner of the Year – Mercy Clinic, Arma
BEA Jerry Lindberg Volunteer of the Year – Missi Kelly (Posthumous – accepted by Missi’s husband, Chris Kelly)
BEA Koeta Bryant Education Partner of the Year – Jon Bishop, Pittsburg High School
(BEA = Business Education Alliance)

Finalists for the Small Business of the Year Award, sponsored by BKD, LLP, were Pro X Realty, Riggs Chiropractic, and Sweet Designs Cakery.

The finalists for the Educator of the Year Award, sponsored by Pitsco Education, were Amy Gray from Girard High School, Tim Vesco from Frank Layden Elementary School, and Christa Weber from George Nettels Elementary School.

Past Small Business of the Year Award Winners:
1998 Hornback’s Posey Shop
1999 Wendy’s of Pittsburg
2000 PradMar Mailing Lists & Services
2001 The Mall Deli
2002 Marrone’s Food Service, Inc.
2003 University National Bank
2004 Kunshek Chat & Coal, Inc.
2005 Bath Naylor Funeral Home & Crematory
2006 King’s Automotive Services, Inc.
2007 Paradise Mall Antiques and Collectibles

2008 Ron’s Supermarket
2009   Pinamonti Orthodontics
2010 Elias Tawil, M.D., FACS
2011 American Concrete Company, Inc.
2012 Home Center Construction, Inc.
2013 Eagle Beverage Co.

2014 Kannarr Eye Care
2015 The Finishing Touch
2016 SilverCreek Medical Reimbursement Solutions   

Past Spirit of Pittsburg Year Award Winners: 
1987 Dr. Don Wilson
1988 Mrs. Judy Westhoff
1989 Mrs. Velma Glick
1990 Mr. Paul Kirk
1991 Mrs. Jackie Wright
1992 Mrs. Laura Carlson
1993 Dr. Helen Kriegsman
1994 Mrs. Bev Corcoran
1995 Mr. Joe Hart
1996 Mr. Joe Beauchamp
1997 Col. Bill Hollenbeck*
1998 Mr. Ed McNally*
1998 Mr. Gene Bicknell
1999 Mrs. Kaye Lynne Webb
2000 Mr. Ron Marrone
2001 Mrs. Roberta McNay
2002 Mr. Jack Overman  
2003 Mr. Wendell Wilkinson
2004 Mrs. Mattye Foxx
2005 Mrs. Diana Polston
2006 Mr. Jeff Wilbert
2007 Mrs. Lynda Wilkinson
2008 Dr. James AuBuchon
2009 Mr. Dick Webb*
2009 Mrs. Marty Beezley
2010 Mr. Gordon Elliott
2011 Mr. Ken Brock
2012 Mr. Jim Buche
2013 Mr. Dick Coleman & 
Mr. Richard Miller

2014 Mr. Steve Robb
2015 Mr. Mark Werner
2016 Mr. Harvey Dean 

*denotes posthumous  

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