2022 Annual Meeting & Inauguration
Muskogee, OK April 4th, 2022: As a Chamber we depend heavily on strong volunteer leadership to fulfill our mission and serve the businesses in Muskogee. To help recognize individuals who have shown exemplary success and distinguished themselves in their profession, and in Muskogee, we honored the service of six Chamber members at our Annual Meeting on Monday, April 4th, 2022.
The 2021 Volunteer of the Year winner was Kim Jaquez. This year’s award recipient has been involved with many areas and organizations in Muskogee. This person is sure to be involved in Chamber committees and events. When called upon is there without question to assist. Their service extends past the Chamber and shines on other local organizations, and our community, probably too many to count on both hands. They are a part of the Relay for Life, City Parks and Rec Board, APT Golf Tournament, Leadership Muskogee class 26, and ……. She is a wife, mom, daughter, sister and friend to many in this room. She is the definition of a true advocate for Muskogee with her professional career and her time volunteering proves that.
The Young Professional of the Year winner was Jerrod Murr. This year’s award winner has made an impact on countless lives, from youth to adults. They have spoken to and trained individuals as well as corporations around the world, but still calls Muskogee home. So much so that he founded a faith-based leadership camp as well as co-founded a leadership and development firm here in Muskogee. His business plays an active role in Leadership Muskogee as well as many other organizations around Muskogee. If you ever get a chance to get to know this person, you will quickly know he is a huge Thunder fan and loves working on his bucket list. But before all of that, his wife and three children always come first.
The Non-profit of the Year winner was Neighbors Building Neighborhoods. This year’s non-profit of the year did just that! This organization improves the quality of life in Eastern Oklahoma through education, organizational support, and coalition building. Their broad mission empowers them to provide a wide range of programs. Initiatives include substance abuse prevention, youth programs, and community revitalization. Over the past two years, their volunteers and staff were critical to supporting and adapting to the needs of the Muskogee community. When they were unable to complete their usual projects, they found other ways to serve our neighbors however they could and do it very successfully.
The Muskogee Small Business of the Year winner was Bebb’s Flowers & Gifts.This small business has been open since 1910 and is the second oldest business of its kind in the state of Oklahoma. After all of these years, they are still committed to excellence, from that first phone call…to the completion of their product…satisfaction is guaranteed. They are always the first impression at Chamber Ribbon Cuttings with a fresh arrangement of flowers to welcome that new business. Their motto is: “When you say it with flowers…say it with ours”
The Muskogee Business of the Year recipient was Love Botting Co. Since their inception in 2011, this family-owned franchise has seen growth and success in all aspects of the business. They not only support everything that the Chamber does but also local events and organizations like Muskogee Exchange Club, Rotary Club of Muskogee, Muskogee Hotel & Lodging Association and many more. There isn’t an event in the area where you do not see them represented. They have also received Franchise of the Year. We are proud to have them in Muskogee. In 2021, they lost their Owner and CEO Carl Kelley, and we present this award as well in his remembrance.
The Okie from Muskogee Award recipient was Stacy Burns. Our award winner is a proud graduate of Muskogee High School, who then went on to obtain a college degree at OSU. They ultimately decided to spend most of their career as a teacher here in Muskogee. After many years of teaching, decided to venture into the world of small business and open up a retail store. Customers of this business return time and time again because they feel so welcome by the smile they receive when they walk through the door. They have a passion to see Downtown Muskogee succeed through sitting on the Main Street Board of Directors as well as the Chamber Board of Directors. Her community support goes beyond her business, and into Muskogee time and time again. And I know her fellow business neighbors will testify on this!