Thursday | April 25, 2019
Missouri Southern State University
Leggett and Platt Athletic Center


Joplin, MO - The Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce held its 102nd Annual Banquet this evening at Missouri Southern State University’s Leggett & Platt Athletic Center. The following awards were given out:

Milestone Members
Sponsored by Freeman Health System

Celebrating commitment and dedication in the business community, the Chamber recognizes and honors its Milestone Members.

50 Years Membership


40 Years Membership

Joplin Workshops, Inc.
Manpower, Inc.
Modine Manufacturing Company
Oxford HealthCare
Red-Wood Development, Inc.
Shamrock Bolt & Screw Company, Inc.
Thermal Engineering International

30 Years Membership

Acme Brick Company
Beimdiek Insurance Agency, Inc.
CNC Machine Products, Inc.
Joplin Museum Complex
E.L. Jordan, Jr., D.O.
Lafayette House
Lakeland Office Systems, Inc.
Pro Musica
Spring River Christian Village
United Way of Southwest Missouri & Southeast Kansas
WestRock Company

20 Years Membership

Battery Outfitters
Big R’s
Preferred Employment Services

10 Years Membership

Associates of Dental Arts
Benefit Management, Inc.
Comeau Jewelry Company
Countryside in the City
Emery Sapp & Sons, Inc.
Fresenius Medical Care
Joplin Rental Center, LLC
Mid-States Mechanical Services, Inc.
Ozark Camp & Retreat Center
Protein Solutions, LLC
Redico Industrial Supply, Inc.
Regal Car Sales and Credit
Santa Fe Tow Service Inc.
Service Recycling/Paper-Pal
Sky Ranch Cave Springs
Tabitha Smith Accounting & Tax Services
The Touch Up Shop LLC
Watered Gardens Gospel Rescue Mission
The Whitlock Company

Young Professional of the Year sponsored by Commerce Bank

Dale Clark, Selby-Granger Insurance

Young Professionals Network Rookie of the Year Award sponsored by Commerce Bank

Jessica Currier, Developmental Disability Resource Board

Golden Apple Awards sponsored by Liberty Utilities and Missouri Southern State University

86 teachers from Joplin public and private schools were nominated by students, parents and coworkers. The Golden Apple Awards program, in its 34th year, is designed to recognize excellence in the teaching profession.
K-2nd Grade – Betsy James, Cecil Floyd Elementary
3rd-5th Grade – Lauren Frieden, Stapleton Elementary
6th-8th Grade – Heather Van Otterloo, South Middle School
9th-12th Grade – Fang Martin, Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School

Small Business of the Year sponsored by BKD, CPA’s & Advisors

The Small Business of the Year Awards program recognizes the importance of small business and not-for-profit organizations to the economy, job growth, and new products and services.

1-10 Employee Category

JOMO Moving

11-50 Employee Categoryy

Atlas Safe Rooms

Not for Profit Category y

The Alliance of Southwest Missouri

Industry of the Year sponsored by Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce

The Industry of the Year award recognizes companies in the manufacturing, transportation, distribution and utility sectors that have played a significant role in our area.

Industry of the Year

Schaeffler Group USA Inc.

Outstanding Citizen of the Year sponsored by Southwest Missouri Bank

Each year one Outstanding Citizen is chosen by the three past Outstanding Citizens of the year, three past Chamber Chairmen of the Board, and the JACC President, based upon their commitment to the Joplin community.
Ron Richard

The 102nd Annual Banquet was made possible by the following sponsors:

Presenting Sponsor: Owens Corning Mineral Wool, LLC
Gold Sponsors: Downstream Casino Resort
Silver Sponsor and Centerpiece Sponsor: SNC Squared
Venue Sponsor: Missouri Southern State University
Entertainment: Ben Miller Band
Master of Ceremonies: Ms. Terry Wachter

Additional thanks to:

Fresh Ideas at MSSU
Mason-Woodard Mortuary
Storm Cloud Marketing

Owens Corning | Presenting Sponsor

Presenting Sponsor

Downstream Casino Resort | Gold Sponsor

Gold Sponsor

SNC Squared Technology Group | Silver Sponsor

Silver Sponsor

MISSU | Venue Sponsor

Venue Sponsor