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Detrick named 'Citizen of Year' by Marion Chamber of Commerce

  • Veterans Airport of Southern Illinois was presented with the Chamber's Business/Industry of the Year award. At far left is board chairman Bernie Paul; Director Doug Kimmel (fourth from left), and members of the airport authority board.

    Veterans Airport of Southern Illinois was presented with the Chamber's Business/Industry of the Year award. At far left is board chairman Bernie Paul; Director Doug Kimmel (fourth from left), and members of the airport authority board.
    John D. Homan/Marion Republican

  • The Distinguished Chamber Business Award this past year went to Clearwave Communications, the region's leading full-service internet service provider.

    The Distinguished Chamber Business Award this past year went to Clearwave Communications, the region's leading full-service internet service provider.
    John D. Homan/Marion Republican

  • Fred Monroe, left, with Monroe Cleaners in Marion, was co-winner of the Lifetime Achievement award. He shares the award with Admiral Nancy Brown, who was unable to attend the ceremony.

    Fred Monroe, left, with Monroe Cleaners in Marion, was co-winner of the Lifetime Achievement award. He shares the award with Admiral Nancy Brown, who was unable to attend the ceremony.
    John D. Homan/Marion Republican

  • Ashlee Church with Ike Honda won the Young Professional Leadership Award.

    Ashlee Church with Ike Honda won the Young Professional Leadership Award.
    John D. Homan/Marion Republican

  • Artstarts, a local performing group, entertained the 500-plus in attendance Friday at the 97th annual Marion Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet and Auction.

    Artstarts, a local performing group, entertained the 500-plus in attendance Friday at the 97th annual Marion Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet and Auction.
    John D. Homan/Marion Republican

  • Beau Detrick with the Illinois Army National Guard was named 'Citizen of the Year' by the Marion Chamber of Commerce.

    Beau Detrick with the Illinois Army National Guard was named 'Citizen of the Year' by the Marion Chamber of Commerce.
    John D. Homan/Marion Republican

  • Pianist Brock Bertling provided some musical entertainment Friday prior to the start of the annual Chamber dinner.

    Pianist Brock Bertling provided some musical entertainment Friday prior to the start of the annual Chamber dinner.
    John D. Homan/Marion Republican

  • Mindy Reid is shown with the Distinguished Member Award. Reid works with Banterra Bank.

    Mindy Reid is shown with the Distinguished Member Award. Reid works with Banterra Bank.
    Courtesdy of the Marion Chamber of Commerce

 
BY JOHN HOMAN
Managing Editor
jhoman@localsouthernnews.com
updated: 1/23/2018 6:20 PM

MARION -- The Planning Committee can take a bow this week following Friday night's production of the Marion Chamber of Commerce's 97th annual Banquet and Auction. From the pre-event entertainment and catered meal to the decor, the 500-plus attendees were treated to a night out befitting celebrities at the Oscar's.

"This is by far the most people I've seen at one of our dinners since I've been around," said Chamber Executive Director Dalus Ben Avi. "I thought our master of ceremonies, Jon Wofford, again did an outstanding job of keeping things moving along."

Ben Avi said she thought the Award of Excellence for outgoing mayor Bob Butler was well deserved and added that releasing the names of the finalists for special awards in advance of the get-together allowed Chamber members and community residents alike to learn more about those individuals and businesses and their many contributions.

Beau Detrick, the top recruiting officer in Illinois with the Army National Guard, walked away with Citizen of the Year honors. He edged out Deborah Frey, Director/Consultant for Business Network International MidAmerica, and John Markley, Centerstone executive.

"It's awesome! I had no idea ... with the other candidates and past winners ... so many good people in this community," Detrick said.

"I'm just going to continue to stay involved in the Chamber. I love learning. I'm actually always urging others, the young soldiers I work with to continue learning. I do that every day with the Chamber. I mean, there's so many great minds within the community. I'm so incredibly thankful that they've welcomed me in and I'm just going to keep being involved and see what the road ahead holds for me."

• Chosen as Lifetime Achievement Award winners were Fred Monroe with Monroe Cleaners in Marion (over 101 years in business) and Admiral Nancy Brown.

• Mindy Reid with Banterra Bank was presented with the Distinguished Chamber Member Award.

• Mike Pinto with the Southern Illinois Miners won the Mayor's Service Award.

• Ashlee Church with Ike Honda and Volkswagen of Marion received the Young Professional Leadership Award.

• Clearwave Communications collected the Distinguished Chamber Business Award, slipping past Heartland Regional Medical Center and House 2 Home Realty.

• And Veterans Airport of Southern Illinois was the 2017 Business/Industry of the Year.