The Fenton Area Chamber of Commerce presented 13 local high school seniors with scholarships at the annual Scholarship Luncheon on Wednesday, June 7th at Andre’s Banquets & Catering at Sunset Hills Golf Course. Since 1987, the Fenton Chamber has had the privilege of awarding 335 high school graduates with over $275,000 in scholarship funds to further their education.
Pictured (left to right): Michaela Murphy – Rockwood Summit; McKenna Mitchell – Rockwood Summit; Clayton Lieberman – Rockwood Summit; Rachel Cooper – Rockwood Summit; Jacob Burlison – Rockwood Summit; Haley Miller – Northwest High School; Lauren Bishop – Rockwood Summit; Deb Fruend – T.A.S.K., FACC Scholarship Committee; Ginny Goede – The Jewelry Connection, FACC Scholarship Committee; Rep. Shamed Dogan – Missouri House Representative (District 98); Kathleen Curran – Cor Jesu Academy; Sean King – Edward Jones; Jeannie Braun – FACC Executive Director
Recent flooding events have put a huge strain on many businesses in Fenton and surrounding communities. The Fenton Area Chamber of Commerce is committed to providing assistance to these businesses, many who were also affected by the 2015 flooding, through a “Dress Down to Dry Out” flood relief fundraiser.
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Please patronize those businesses advertised in this publication who made the printing of this magazine possible. Inclusion in this publication’s directory, as well as the opportunity to advertise, is a benefit of membership in the Fenton Area Chamber of Commerce. If you are interested in being listed in the 2018 “Explore Fenton” Magazine, please contact the Fenton Chamber for membership information: call 636-717-0200 or visit www.fentonmochamber.com.
On Wednesday, April 19th, the Fenton Chamber of Commerce joined Crestwood/Sunset Hills Chamber, South County Chamber and Affton Chamber to celebrate new area business, JDog Junk Removal and Hauling, with a Ribbon Cutting! JDog is owned and operated by proud military veteran, William Megl.
Per company website: “The JDog brand is about our Military Veterans! When you see our camo- wrapped trucks and our uniformed teams you know you can expect quality service while supporting your Veteran community. When our teams enter your home, you can have peace of mind knowing that your home and belongings will be respected. The price you were quoted is what you will pay, and when our teams leave your home or business, it will be swept clean and clutter free. You will be amazed at your new space, sense of freedom and that you supported a military Veteran!”
JDog provides Commercial & Residential pickup services: downsizing and clean-outs, construction debris, donation hauling, local moves, recycling, appliances and furniture, swing sets and sheds, hot tubs and pools, mattresses and box springs, carpeting, TVs and more!
For more information, to get a quote, or to schedule a pickup, call JDog Junk Removal & Hauling of South County at 314-882-5589. You can also visit them online at www.jdogjunkremoval.com or find them on social media!
On March 28th, Fenton Chamber staff, board members and ambassadors joined Central States Bus Sales, Inc. owner Jeff Reitz, Central States employees, Rhodey Construction, Inc., Jefferson County Executive Ken Waller, and the architects of the project to break ground on what will be the new home of Central States Bus Sales! The site is located at Sugar Creek Road and Highway 30 behind the Walgreens.
Per website: Since 1975 Central States has served the transit needs of schools, churches, daycares, retirement communities, transit services, airports, casinos and more in the Midwest. Central States is a new and used bus distributor for commercial and school buses.
For more information about Central States Bus Sales, call 636-343-6050 or visit www.centralstatesbus.com.
The 12th Annual Fenton Chamber Awards & Holiday Luncheon was one that attendees will not soon forget! Close to 150 attendees gathered at Fabick CAT for this year’s end-of-year luncheon and holiday celebration. The sponsor of this luncheon was Fischer Christoff Bartmess, Advisors. The following are notable award announcements:
City of Fenton Mayor Mike Polizzi recognized Jeannie Braun, Executive Director of the Fenton Area Chamber of Commerce, for the tremendous work that she does by presenting an official proclamation which states that, going forward, December 7th will be "Jeannie Braun Day"! Jeannie has been with the Fenton Chamber since 2002 and Executive Director since March 2004. During this time, she has dedicated her time, her talents and her commitment to the Fenton business community in order to grow the Fenton Chamber to what it is today.
Nine Fenton Chamber Members received awards in various categories, as nominated by their fellow Chamber Members. Congratulations to the following members chosen by their peers to receive a 2016 award:
- Ambassador of the Year (#1): Russ Ahlheim – Ad Source One
- Ambassador of the Year (#2): Angela Reynolds – U.S. Bank
- FACC “Rising Star” Award: Jim Winslow, Jr. – Sky Zone Trampoline Park (Fenton)
- Norma Radeackar “Lifetime Achievement” Award: Joe Fischer, Jr. – Fischer Christoff Bartmess
- Chamber Spirit Award: Rob Schneider – Leader Publications
- Volunteer of the Year: Suzie Smith – Suzie Paints
- New Member of the Year: Nothing Bundt Cakes (Chesterfield)
- Board Member of the Year: Chuck Winkle – Maritz
- Business of the Year: UniQue Ideas ‘N More
On July 15th, State Farm-Ryan Fico Agency celebrated its Grand Opening in Fenton with a Ribbon Cutting, joined by agency owner Ryan Fico, his wife, Grace, staff and fellow business community members of the Fenton Chamber. This new office is located in Brookwood Center (Bowles Avenue & 141) at 926 Brookwood Center.
As an insurance agent of State Farm, Ryan and his team offer the following services: Auto Insurance, Home & Property Insurance, Life Insurance, Health Insurance, Banking Products, Annuities and Mutual Funds. To find out information on any of these services, including rates and availability, please contact the Ryan Fico Agency.
Give the Ryan Fico Agency team a call at 636-600-9075 or stop by during office hours: Monday-Friday 9:00am to 5:00pm (Evenings & Weekends by appointment only). You can also view Ryan’s State Farm profile page online at www.statefarm.com or you can find his business page on Facebook!
The Fenton Area Chamber of Commerce presented 12 local high school seniors with scholarships at the annual Scholarship Luncheon on Wednesday, July 6th at Andre’s West Banquet Center in Fenton, Missouri. Since 1987, the Fenton Chamber has had the privilege of awarding 322 high school graduates with over $260,000 in scholarship funds to further their education.
On June 9th, 2016, Weis Comfort Systems celebrated the Grand Opening of its new location in Fenton, Missouri with a Ribbon Cutting, joined by staff, and fellow business community members with the Fenton Area Chamber of Commerce.
Since 1975 Weis Comfort Systems has called the Fenton Industrial Park Home and recently moved to a new location at 1591 Fenpark Drive. Owners Dan and Tom Weis continue to follow in their family’s tradition of providing quality service, with unsurpassed craftsmanship and old-fashioned business values to every one of their customers. For more information regarding Weis Comfort Systems, you may view their website!
As many are aware, the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) has scheduled the Route 141 at Interstate 44 improvement project to start this summer. As outlined on the project website, the problem is as follows: the interchange of I-44 & Route 141 is exceptionally crowded during morning and evening commutes. With several major arterials, including Vance Road, leading to Route 141 near I-44, the roadway remains exceptionally congested.
Most of our Fenton Chamber members and area residents travel this route, some even on a daily basis. With that being said, we have scheduled Karen Yeomans P.E., area MoDOT Engineer for Southwest St. Louis County, to speak at our upcoming Membership Luncheon in May. Karen will share the latest information regarding the Route 141 at I-44 Improvement design-build project and complete reconstruction.
All are welcome to attend the luncheon; with this project having an impact on so many, it is important to us to keep our Chamber members and the community up to date with project information, schedules and timelines.
When: Wednesday, May 4th
Where: Andre’s West Banquet Center – 211 S. Old Highway 141; Fenton, MO 63026
Time: Check-In at 11:00am; Program Starts Promptly at 11:30am
Cost: $20 for Chamber Members; $25 for Non-Members (Registration Required)
How to Register:
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER OR call the Chamber Office at (636) 717-0200. Registration for this event is required by Thursday, April 28th.
On December 2nd, the Fenton Area Chamber of Commerce held its 11th Annual Awards Luncheon at Andre’s West in Fenton, Missouri. Each year, Chamber Members nominate fellow Members for a variety of award categories. The following members were chosen by their peers to receive an award at this year’s Annual Awards Luncheon.
2015 Ambassador of the Year (#1): Karen Fox - Karen THE Connector
2015 Ambassador of the Year (#2): Tracy Dickey - American Eagle Credit Union
FACC “Rising Star” Award: Kristie Gabel - Elite Cuisine, LLC
Chamber Spirit Award: Thad James - SAMMY J Balloon Creations
2015 Board Member of the Year: Greg Bresler - Andre’s Banquets & Catering
Norma Radeackar “Lifetime Achievement” Award: Diane Bade - UniQue Ideas ‘N More
Pictured (left to right): Lori St. Clair – FACC Board President / On Target For Profitable Growth, Greg Bresler – FACC Board Member / Andre’s Banquets & Catering, Kristie Gabel – Elite Cuisine, LLC, Karen Fox – FACC Board Member / Karen THE Connector, Thad James – SAMMY J Balloon Creations, Diane Bade – UniQue Ideas ‘N More, Jeannie Braun – FACC Executive Director
On October 15th, Aschinger Electric Company ownership and staff celebrated their remodeled office facility in Fenton with a Ribbon Cutting, joined by clients, partners and Fenton Area Chamber of Commerce members.
It’s quite fitting that this remodel occur at such a time as Aschinger Electric, one of the St. Louis region’s largest electrical contracting companies, is celebrating its 75th year in business! Aschinger Electric offers services in construction, sustainability, natural disasters, lighting services and electrical system reliability.
There has been much to be excited about at Aschinger Electric recently as President, Emily Martin, became majority owner, and the company completed installation of the largest rooftop solar panel array in the state of Missouri on the roof of IKEA in St. Louis.
Per company website: “Today, our commitments include a focus on energy efficiency, safety, and the implementation of new technologies. As electrical technology evolves and our clients and business associates develop new needs, we will be expanding capabilities, always remaining focused on the needs of our customers.”
Aschinger Electric offices are located in Fenton’s industrial park at 877 Horan Drive. For more information, you can call (636) 343-1211 or visit their website at www.aschinger.com.
Bentley Animal Hospital offers comprehensive care through complete veterinary services, including but not limited to: Preventative Healthcare, Dentistry, Spay/Neuter Services, Vaccinations, Microchip Identification, Pediatrics/Geriatrics, Pharmacy, In-House Laboratory, Radiology, Skin Care, Internal Medicine, General Surgery, Prescription Diets, Grooming, and Boarding for both dogs and cats.
Per company website: “We believe in treating every patient as if they were our own pet, and giving them the same loving attention and care. We are a group of highly trained, experienced animal lovers who are devoted to giving our patients the best care possible.”
Find out all that Bentley Animal Hospital has to offer! Stop by during office hours: Mondays, 8:00am-7:00pm; Tuesday-Thursday, 7:00am-7:00pm; Fridays, 7:00am-5:00pm; Saturdays, 8:00am-2:00pm. For more information, call (636) 225-4545 or visit www.bentleyanimalhospital.com. You can also find them on Facebook!
Sky Zone is the world’s first indoor trampoline park, offering a variety of activities for almost all ages, including open jump, a SkySlam court, SkyRobics fitness classes and Ultimate Dodgeball (when available). Additionally, SkyZone can host your next birthday party, group event or corporate event!
Stop by the newest location of Sky Zone Trampoline Park, located in Olde Towne Fenton at 631 Gravois Road, and find out all that they have to offer! Hours: Tuesdays/Wednesdays from 4:00 to 9:00pm, Thursday from 1:00 to 9:00pm, Friday from 1:30 to 11:00 pm, Saturday from 10:00am to 11:00pm and Sundays from 11:00am to 8:00pm. For more information, call (636) 364-4444 or visit www.skyzone.com/fenton
KFTN 92.7FM is only the second high school FM radio station in the state of Missouri. Students and faculty working on this project had been doing so for well over one year. Faculty advisor, Clay Zigler mentioned that live, on-air broadcasting is something that he dreamed of even when he was a high school student. Beginning in 2005 with just a classroom of five students, Zigler has been providing opportunities for those interested in broadcasting and journalism, from podcasts to internet streaming and now on-air broadcasting through KFTN.
So next time you’re in the car, tune in to KFTN 92.7FM, or listen live any time via their website at www.rsbroadcasting.com. For more information or to inquire about radio station sponsorship opportunities, call 636-891-6833 and talk to station manager, Cassidy Hintz, or faculty advisor, Clay Zigler.
The Fenton Area Chamber of Commerce presented 13 local high school seniors with scholarships at the annual Scholarship Luncheon on Wednesday, July 1st at Andre’s West Banquet Center in Fenton, Missouri. Since 1987, the Fenton Chamber has had the privilege of awarding 310 high school graduates with over $250,000 in scholarship funds to further their education.
This year’s scholarship recipients include: from Rockwood Summit High School – Cailin Collins, Lauren DeBoor, Jennifer deJong, Samantha Hahn, Ross Kurczynski, Trevor Meyer, Patrick Tosti, Michael Trudzinksi, Grabriella Tucci, Zachary VanTuyl and Cody Vogel; from Lindbergh High School – Haley Greer; from Northwest High School – Joseph Hagan.
Ross Kurczynski was awarded the 2015 Ginny Goede Scholarship, established in 2002 as a tribute to her untiring dedication to the Chamber, to helping others and to giving back to the community. Ross accelerated his high school graduation so that he could attend 14 weeks of basic training and special skills training before starting college this fall as a Private First Class in the U.S. Army National Guard.
Members of the Fenton Area Chamber of Commerce along with the high school graduates and their families, were in attendance to honor the outstanding successes and accomplishments of these scholars from the 63026 zip code.
This event was sponsored by Edward Jones – Sean C. King. Awards were presented by Sean King and Ginny Goede as the honors and achievements of each scholar were announced. Scholarship Recipients were also awarded with an official proclamation from the Missouri House of Representatives, recognizing their receipt of a Fenton Chamber Scholarship.
At a recent Membership Luncheon, Diane Bade and Michele VanTuyl with UniQue Ideas ‘N More presented the Fenton Area Chamber of Commerce with a brand new pair of Ribbon Cutting scissors on behalf of Diane, her late husband Harold, and the entire VanTuyl family. Diane mentioned that Harold was truly an advocate of business and the Chamber, thus it is only fitting that these scissors carry his name with them through the dedication placed on the scissors: “Harold Bade Longtime Chamber Member & Friend.”
The Fenton Area Chamber of Commerce is grateful for this gift and will cherish them, along with the memory of Harold Bade who passed away earlier this year. Thank you, Diane, Michele, and family.
The Fenton Area Chamber of Commerce presented 12 local high school seniors with scholarships at the annual Scholarship Luncheon on Wednesday, July 2nd at Andre’s West Banquet Center in Fenton, Missouri.
This year’s scholarship recipients include: from Rockwood Summit, Shawn Cole, Allison Gacioch, Mallory Greaves, Megan Jerger, Katie Repko, Emily Van de Riet and Hannah Weber; from Ursuline Academy, Abigail Adams and Morgan Diffley; from Lutheran South High School, Lauren Adler; and from St. Louis University High School, Marcus Ramspott and Joe Reichold.
Lauren Adler was awarded the 2014 Ginny Goede Scholarship, in honor of long-time Chamber member Ginny Goede of The Jewelry Connection, for her dedication to helping others as well as her passion for service and giving back to the community.
Members of the Fenton Chamber, along with the high school seniors and their families, were in attendance to honor the outstanding successes and accomplishments of these scholars from the 63026 zip code.
This event was sponsored by Edward Jones – Sean C. King. Awards were presented by Sean King and Ginny Goede as the honors and achievements of each scholar were announced to attendants. Missouri House Representative Mike Leara then awarded scholars with a special declaration certificate, recognizing their receipt of a Fenton Chamber Scholarship.
Not pictured: Morgan Diffley – Ursuline Academy, Megan Jerger – Rockwood Summit, Marcus Ramspott – St. Louis University High School
Amy is very excited to join the Fenton Area Chamber of Commerce, where she believes her desire for helping others can help the staff and members to be at their best.
In addition to welcoming Amy to the staff, current Communications Coordinator, Kelly O’Daniel, has recently received a new title as Director of Communications. Kelly is involved in all aspects of communications, including the monthly Fenton Focus newsletter, e-mail blasts, website management, press writing and advertising.
After 10 years with the Fenton Chamber, former Assistant Director, Lisa Rackley, has accepted the Executive Director position at the Affton Chamber of Commerce upon the retirement of current Director, Joan Edelson.
UniGroup President Rich McClure will address area business owners and employees at the Fenton Area Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon. He will share insights about businesses’ role in supporting free enterprise and share unexpected lessons from his appearance on the CBS reality show Undercover Boss.
Rich McClure is President of UniGroup, the parent company of United Van Lines, Mayflower Transit, UniGroup Relocation and UniGroup Logistics. The $1.7 billion relocation and logistics leader is headquartered in Fenton, Mo. McClure also serves as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce South Central Regional Vice Chairman.The luncheon will take place on Wednesday, June 4th at Andre's West Banquet Facility - 211 South Old Highway 141, Fenton MO. Doors open at 11 a.m. for check-in and networking while the Program will begin promptly at 11:30 a.m., concluding around 1:00 p.m.
Cost to attend is $20 for members; $25 for non-members/guests. If you are interested in attending this luncheon, please contact the Chamber Office at 636-717-0200.
The Fenton Area Chamber of Commerce supports, promotes & encourages shopping local and keeping business in Fenton. The organization also serves as a link between our members and the community, providing members with tools to succeed in business through networking, marketing, and educational opportunities.