Over 400 were in attendance Friday, February 17 at the McKinney Chamber of Commerce's annual Community Awards Celebration held at the Sheraton McKinney Hotel. 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.

Welcoming attendees at the Community Awards Celebration, McKinney Chamber President Lisa Hermes said, “We are excited to have so many of our community leaders, distinguished citizens, and Chamber members here this evening to celebrate our city’s accomplishments and the many reasons McKinney is truly the best place to be.”

The McKinney Color Guard offered the presentation of colors. State Representative Scott Sanford led the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance as well as the Pledge of Allegiance to the Texas Flag. Special guest, Alex Smolen sang the National Anthem.

Dr. Tommy Brumett, Senior Pastor of First United Methodist Church of McKinney offered the invocation.

As the evenings’ Presenting Sponsor, LegacyTexas Senior Vice President, Robbie Clark, congratulated those honored at the event and expressed that each recipient makes McKinney a better place to live and a better place to work.

Mayor Brian Loughmiller addressed the crowd, “I’m honored to be here to present the awards to recipients selected by the City of McKinney. The city selects recipients in four categories. All winners represent projects that add to the quality and prestige of our city, and make McKinney the best place to live in the country.”

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

The 2017 Carey Cox Citizen of the Year Award, sponsored by the Carey Cox Company, was awarded to Bill Cox. The awards presenter, David Cox stated, “As you can see this award means not just a great deal to my family but also to the community. It is with great honor that I get to present the award this year to my own brother, Bill Cox. Over the years I have witnessed day in and day out just how committed Bill is to this community.”

“You have things in your life that you do just because they are the right thing to do,” stated Bill Cox. “And serving McKinney is the right thing to do.”

The 2017 Leadership McKinney Alumni of the Year Award, sponsored by Johnson Insurance and Financial, was presented to Class of 2008 graduate, Greg “Spanky” Barber. The award honored Barber for his positive, can-do attitude and his service to McKinney. He also was an integral part of his class project, Operation Appreciation, which sent care packages to servicemen from the area serving overseas.

Barber and his son, Tim, lost their lives on Dec. 31 when his plane collided with another over McKinney. The award was accepted by his widow, Mandy Barber.


The Outstanding Small Business of the Year, sponsored by The Body Shop Collision Repair, was awarded to Cotton Hearts. 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 and is invested in the McKinney community and the Chamber.

Market Street 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 of their business. Market Street exhibits community involvement, innovation and leadership with their employees, clients and within their industry proving themselves a leader among the McKinney business community.

Other awards presented were:

  • City of McKinney, Non-Residential Historic Preservation – Jay & Marsha Collier for 101 West Louisiana Street
  • City of McKinney, Residential Historic Preservation – Bob and Gloria Mitchell for 503 Heard Street.
  • City of McKinney, Development Project of the Year – Mercedes Benz of McKinney
  • City of McKinney, Spirit of McKinney Award – McKinney Chamber 2016 Ambassadors
  • McKinney Main Street, Main Street Partner of the Year – First United Bank
  • McKinney Convention and Visitors Bureau, Tourism Partner of the Year – Sheraton McKinney Hotel
  • McKinney Community Development Corporation, Quality of Life Award for an organization – North Collin County Habitat for Humanity
  • McKinney Community Development Corporation, Quality of Life Award for an individual – Ruth Thompson, Hugs Cafe
  • McKinney Economic Development Corporation, Corporate Performance Award – Independent Bank
  • McKinney Economic Development Corporation, Encore Wire Award for Business Retention and Expansion – Simpson Strong Tie

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