McKINNEY (Feb. 28, 2014) — Over 400 were in attendance at the McKinney Chamber of Commerce's annual Community Awards Celebration at the McKinney National Airport on Friday, Feb. 28. Since 1951, the Chamber and community partners have come together to celebrate the accomplishments of the community and recognize their contributions.

Welcoming attendees at the Community Awards Celebration, McKinney Chamber President Jodi Ann LaFreniere Ray said, “We have so many amazing businesses and individuals in McKinney.  It is an honor to recognize those who are dedicated to making our community such a remarkable place to live and work.”

As the evenings’ Presenting Sponsor, Independent Bank Chairman of the Board and CEO, David Brooks, congratulated those honored at the event and expressed Independent Bank’s pleasure in being a part of such a dynamic community.

Mayor Brian Loughmiller addressed the crowd, “We are excited to participate in the Annual Community Awards Celebration with the McKinney Chamber of Commerce. We are grateful for the relationship that our local government has with the business community and congratulate the Chamber on their 100th year of service to the City of McKinney. Bright Lights Big City is an appropriate name for this year's event given the continued growth and development that we see in McKinney.”

Representatives from each of the participating entities presented recipients with awards for their positive impact on the growth and development of McKinney.

The 2014 Carey Cox Citizen of the Year Award was presented to Maylee Thomas Fuller. Thomas Fuller has contributed to McKinney’s well-being with resources, energy and creativity over a sustained period of time. She serves and supports others with a generous spirit and unwavering dedication to the future of McKinney.

The 2014 Leadership McKinney Alumni of the Year Award was presented to Class of 2008 graduate, Carol Ownby. The award honored Ownby for her positive and lasting difference in McKinney through active involvement. Her consistent participation in community and Leadership programs has made her a role model for others.  

The Outstanding Small Business of the Year Award winner was the North Collin County Habitat for Humanity Restore. This award is given to a business that has enhanced the economy of McKinney through the successful, long-term and profitable operation of their business.

Pat Lobb’s Toyota of McKinney was honored with the Outstanding Business of the Year Award. This award is given to a business that has enhanced McKinney’s economy through successful, long-term and profitable operation.

Other awards presented were:

  • City of McKinney, Non-Residential Historic Preservation – 112 W. Virginia Street, Edna Harrison
  • City of McKinney, Residential Historic Preservation – 1215 Tucker Street, Paul and Susan Matthews
  • McKinney Main Street, Main Street Partner of the Year – McKinney Velo
  • McKinney Community Development Corporation, Quality of Life Award – 3E McKinney
  • McKinney Economic Development Corporation, Corporate Performance Award – TYG Group

Special thanks to Johnny B of 97.5 KLAK, who served as emcee of the event along with Mayor Loughmiller.


About the McKinney Chamber of Commerce

The McKinney Chamber of Commerce is an advocate for the McKinney business community and proudly serves as the unified business voice of McKinney. The Chamber represents over 39,000 employees from more than 1,240 business investors in McKinney and throughout the North Texas region. With a rich heritage of leadership and collaboration, the Chamber works in concert with the City of McKinney, community partners and the corporate community to promote, advocate for and expand business. As publisher of McKinney Magazine, and, the McKinney Chamber markets the community’s advantages as the foremost location for doing business. The McKinney Chamber is proud to be celebrating a century of success and 100 years of service to the community this year.