The Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Meeting and Business Celebration sponsored by Mercy Health and CSI was held at the Julian Carroll Convention Center on January 31 with a crowd of more than 700 attendees.
Outgoing board chair Daniel Jones, co-owner of Strawberry Hills Pharmacy, officially passed the gavel to Chad Beyer, Owner and President of i5 design group, inc., as the board chair for 2020. The Chamber also honored several area businesses and individuals with their annual awards (note: additional information on the awards is attached):
- Business of the Year – Four Rivers Nuclear Partnership
- Small Business of the Year – TempsPlus, Inc.
- Entrepreneur of the Year – President/Owner Katie Englert and Compass Counseling
- Non-Profit Organization of the Year – Hope Unlimited Family Care Center
- Summit Award – Chambers Roofing Company
- Leadership Paducah Alumnus of the Year – Jim Sigler. This award is selected and presented by the Leadership Paducah Alumni Association.
- Young Leader of Western Kentucky – Cory Hicks, Four Rivers Nuclear Partnership. This award is selected and presented by the Four Rivers Business Journal of The Paducah Sun. There were 10 finalists honored.
The entertainment for the evening was Libby Spears. Her message was funny, inspirational and informative.
Suzanne Farmer (Mercy Health) and Todd Faulkner (WPSD Local 6) served as the emcees for evening.
The Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce is the region’s largest business advocacy organization with approximately 1,000 member firms and is the fifth largest Chamber in the state. The Chamber is 5-star accredited by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and was named “Chamber of the Year” in 2017 and 2011 by the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE).
Additional information about award winners:
2020 Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce Award Recipients Information
Note: All recipients must be a member of the Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce
Business of the Year – Two Categories – Attributes for this award included: possesses staying power, has seen company growth, and involvement in the community.
Business of the Year (more than 15 employees) – Four Rivers Nuclear Partnership (FRNP)
Four Rivers Nuclear Partnership began operations only a few years ago but has quickly made a huge impact. Since beginning work at the Paducah Department of Energy Site, FRNP has been committed to serving this community through regional purchasing, education and contributions to community projects.
In May 2017, they were awarded the $1.5 billion, up to 10-year contract to perform environmental cleanup and deactivation of the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant. The company spends approximately 75% of dollars on small businesses and invests approximately $140 million annually in the community through payroll and purchases. According to a July 2018 report issued by Think Kentucky, FRNP’s economic impact in the region is $100.5 million and helps support 1,413 jobs in addition to its 840 employees. Since 2017, the firm has increased its employment just over 22%.
Since 2017, FRNP managers and employees have devoted nearly 4,000 hours of community service. The company exceeded its annual goal for volunteer hours in 2018 by 200% and in 2019 by 500%. FRNP is also dedicated to STEM education in our public schools and universities. They coordinate a robust summer internship program and DOE’s annual West Kentucky Science Bowl.
In addition to corporate investments made to various community initiatives, FRNP’s employees, including members of the United Steel Workers Union and the International Union of Security, Police and Fire Professionals of America, have also contributed thousands of dollars to local charities through the firm’s payroll deduction offerings.
Representing FRNP was President and CEO Myrna Redfield.
Small Business of the Year (15 or less employees) – TempsPlus, Inc.
Founded in 1988 by two local business leaders, TempsPlus has been assisting businesses in the Purchase Area with all facets of human resources for more than 30 years. Originally focused on clerical and customer service staffing, the business has grown to include general labor, light industrial and industrial staffing. They are locally owned and operated and tailor their services to what their customers need. In 2016 they moved into a state-of-the-art facility that includes private interview rooms and computer stations to help expand the potential of local job seekers by assisting with computer skills, resumes and testing.
John Anderson III, President and CEO accepted the award.
Entrepreneur of the Year – President/Owner Katie Englert and Compass Counseling
This award is open to Chamber members who established a business within the past five years, recognized for innovative products or services, demonstrates community involvement and exceptional performance and growth.
Katie Englert is known as a caring and visionary individual. Thanks to her leadership and entreneurship, individuals in our community and beyond are overcoming fear and anxiety and are addressing their mental health in the same manner they address their physical health. She has not only expanded her practice to include 11 licensed therapists and a second location in Owensboro, she has also developed unique services to support clients such as customizable Employee Assistance Programs, wellness workshops and telehealth counseling services throughout the state of Kentucky. She and her team have also started a podcast called “Mapping Healthy Minds” which can be found online on iTunes and Spotify.
Non-Profit Organization – Hope Unlimited Family Care Center
Note: They received a $1,000 award from sponsor Paducah Bank.
Hope Unlimited was established in 1989 and is committed to loving people and enriching the lives of families, especially through difficult circumstances. They provide free and confidential services through their Family Care Centers in Paducah and Metropolis, IL. Their staff, board members and volunteers provide hope and ongoing support to families in the areas of pregnancy, addiction recovery, life skills and much more. For more than 30 years this organization has empowered families and supported our community by walking life’s journey with parents through education and compassionate care.
Hope Unlimited Family Care Center was represented by Executive Director, Nicole Farley.
Summit Award – Chambers Roofing Company
This award is not presented annually. Attributes include significant volunteer and financial contribution to the community, excellent business practice and excellent leadership skills.
Chambers Roofing Company established in 1943 and has been serving the Paducah area for 76 years as a locally owned family business. The company exhibits a high level of craftmanship, customer service and generosity. This business has grown from two employees doing handy-man type jobs to a multiple-crew company operating out of a 29,000 sq. ft. warehouse and providing both residential and commercial services. They are a long-standing member of the Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce and a strong, consistent supporter of many local non-profit organizations including Oscar Cross Boys & Girls Club, The Carson Center, Family Service Society and Charity League of Paducah.
Leadership Paducah Alumnus of the Year – Jim Sigler, Keuler Kelly Hutchins Blankenship & Sigler, LLP and Leadership Paducah Class #8
This award is selected and presented by the Leadership Paducah Alumni Association (LPAA). Criteria includes: sought out opportunities to improve the Paducah community; innovative; inspired others to assist in the process of accomplishing the vision; leads by example; provided encouragement and recognition to those who worked together to accomplish the goal.
Nick Morris, President of the LPAA, presented the award to Jim Sigler. He stated: “Leadership Paducah Alumni Association Board has the opportunity to recognize an alum who we believe has gone above and beyond to make a difference in our community. Our honoree tonight has a long list of accolades that make him more than qualified to receive such recognition. Jim Sigler served in the United States Navy as an officer in the JAG Corps where he was deployed in support of Operation Desert Storm. Once back in Kentucky he served the community as president of the Paducah-McCracken County United Way, President of the Rotary Club, President of the McCracken County Bar Association, Chairman of the Paducah-McCracken Convention Center Corporation and as a member of the board of directors for the Paducah Visitors Bureau and the Carson Center. He recently served as Director and President of the Kentucky Bar Foundation and just started his term as representative of the first district on the Kentucky Bar Association’s Board of Governors. In 2018 he was named Defense Lawyer of the Year as awarded by the Kentucky Trial Court Review, in 2019 he was awarded Lawyer of the Year by the Kentucky Defense Counsel and was declared an AV-Preeminent Lawyer by Martindale Hubble and a Kentucky Super Lawyer. He is a graduate of not only Leadership Paducah but also Leadership Kentucky and Leadership Henderson. He is a partner at Keuler, Kelly, Hutchins, Blankenship & Sigler, LLP.”
Young Leaders of Western Kentucky – Cory Hicks
The winner received a $1,000 continuing education award from the Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce. This award is selected by The Four Rivers Business Journal published by The Paducah Sun.
Bill Evans, Publisher of The Paducah Sun presented the award. He stated: “Paducah is indeed fortunate to have so many young leaders willing to use their time and talents to help make our community a better place to live, work and raise a family. Our 2019 Young Leader of Western Kentucky, Cory Hicks, is someone who knows how to navigate our community, our state and the halls of DC; he chose to move here after a very successful career in DC and is making a difference in our community through his leadership in several organizations focusing on community growth. His quiet leadership speaks volumes that can be heard loud and clear as he is a champion for many great causes.”
Other finalists included:
- Kristen Beck, Total Anesthesia Solutions and The Moses Basket
- Lucas Bremer, U.S. Bank
- Jim Dudley, KeeFORCE
- Craig Felker, formerly with EZ Portable Buildings and now with Paducah Bank
- Zach Hosman, Paducah Bank
- Dusty Luthy, McCracken County Public Library and New Hope Cumberland Presbyterian Church
- Maegan Mansfield, Veolia Nuclear Solutions Federal Services
- Nick Morris, formerly with Peel & Holland and now with Paducah Bank
- Sarah Suitor, Paducah Bank