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We had the pleasure of attending the 2012 Columbia Chamber of Commerce annual celebration this evening at the Reynolds Alumni Center on the MU campus. Each year, the Chamber recognizes the outstanding members of our business community in its awards ceremony. The level of competition continues to rise each and every year, which is a testament to the work being done in Columbia.

First of all, congratulations to outgoing chair Vicki Russell of the Columbia Daily Tribune. What a great year we experienced under her leadership. She leaves large shoes to fill for incoming president Randy Coil of Coil Construction. Without a doubt, Randy will leave a large imprint on the organization in the coming years. Without further ado, we present the winners from this year’s Chamber of Commerce Awards:

Debin Benish Award (Businesswoman of the Year)
Anne Williams
President of JobFinders

Ambassador of the Year
Kari Laudano
Owner, Logistique Studio

Emerging Professional of the Year
Erik Morse
Talent Acquisition, Veterans United Home Loans

Outstanding Citizen
Chuck Everitt
Professional Gentleman of Leisure

Ok. So Chuck actually owns and operates Award Pet Supply. But that’s really just a small part of who Chuck is and what he does. We did a #FollowFriday post on him a while back, we’d encourage you to check it out.

Congratulations to all of this year’s winners. We are so happy for each of you, and incredibly proud to be associated with you!