More than 400 residents and business leaders gathered Friday, Jan. 30 to honor the “Best of the Best” during the McKinney Chamber of Commerce's annual Community Awards Celebration at The Cotton Mill. Since 1951, the Chamber and community partners have come together to celebrate the accomplishments of the community and recognize the contributions of special citizens and businesses.
McKinney Chamber President Lisa Hermes welcomed attendees and praised the community for a highly successful 2014.
“We’re so glad you have joined us to make such a special evening for our award recipients and guests,” Hermes said. “As you know, McKinney was recently recognized as the #1 Place to Live in America, and tonight we’ll be honoring some of the people who have helped make McKinney the great community that it is today. “
Local Olympic hero Johnny Quinn and Johnny B of radio station 97.5 KLAK-FM were emcees for the evening. The McKinney Police Color Guard and Maylee Thomas Fuller led the audience in the national anthem. State Representative Scott Sanford offered the invocation.
Independent Bank was presenting sponsor for the evening. Chairman of the Board and CEO David Brooks congratulated the night’s award winners and expressed his bank’s pleasure about playing a role in a thriving community.
Carolyn Corbin speaks after being named the recipient of the 2015 Carey Cox Citizen of the Year Award.
The 2015 Carey Cox Citizen of the Year Award was presented to Carolyn Corbin, who has committed countless hours to community service, from her church and the McKinney Chamber of Commerce to many other local non-profit organizations.
Corbin began her consulting career in the 1970s and has gained the respect of clients from around the world, including presidents and global corporations.
The Chamber’s Outstanding Business of the Year Award, which was sponsored by Encore Wire Corp., was presented to the McKinney Independent School District, for its efforts to continually improve education and offer new opportunities to young people in McKinney.
The Chamber’s Outstanding Small Business of the Year Award was presented to radio station 97.5 KLAK-FM, the community’s go-to radio source for local news and entertainment.
The 2015 Leadership McKinney Alumni of the Year Award, sponsored by Johnson Insurance & Financial, was presented to Mayor Brian Loughmiller, who has helped lead McKinney into an era of major growth and business expansion.
"This city is a great city, and it will continue to be a great city as long as we continue to foster great leaders," Loughmiller said after receiving the award.
The following awards were presented by the City of McKinney:
- The Spirit of McKinney Moving Forward Award – Barclays Bank
- Development Project of the Year Award – Parkside at Craig Ranch (Robert Shaw – Columbus Realty Partners)
- Non-Residential Historic Preservation Project of the Year Award – 201-203 W. Louisiana St. (Chuck Richardson)
- Residential Historic Preservation Project of the Year Award – 1108 W. Lamar St. (Joseph Kennedy)
- Main Street’s Main Street Partner of the Year Award – Ron and Alev Wieland for their support of Oktoberfest
- McKinney Convention and Visitors Bureau’s Tourism Partner of the Year Award – Munzee
- McKinney Community Development Corporation’s Quality of Life Award – Community Lifeline Center
- McKinney Economic Development Corporation’s Corporate Performance Award – Baylor Medical Center at McKinney
- McKinney Economic Development Corporation’s Encore Wire Award – Encore Wire Corporation
Additional sponsors for the evening were: Gather in Downtown McKinney; Medical Center of McKinney; Tomes Auto Group; and The Body Shop Collision Repair.