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
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
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.
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
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.
On December 4th, the Fenton Area Chamber of Commerce held its 9th Annual Awards & Installation Luncheon at Maritz in Fenton, Missouri. At this event, Chamber members were recognized for their achievements throughout the year. Deb Fruend, Executive Director and Founder of Team Activities for Special Kids (TASK), accepted the award for Small Business of the Year in recognition of the tremendous contribution made not only to the Fenton Chamber, but to the entire Fenton community. Mercy Clinic was recognized with the award for Mid-Size Business of the Year, the company starting with a single practice by Dr. Rezabek to what has grown into a seven-part team, all working together to provide the Fenton community with best possible care. Special School District received the award for Large Business of the Year, accepted by Superintendent John Cary, as they currently educate about 23,000 students with disabilities at sites throughout St. Louis County, including 265 public schools operated by the other 22 public school districts in St. Louis County. Cindy Helmkamp, Business Development Manager of American Eagle Credit Union, accepted the award for New Member of the Year, in recognition of their dedication to the Fenton Chamber and the Community. Located in Olde Towne Fenton and one of the Chamber’s original and oldest members, Krieg Lohbeck & Company CPAs was honored with the Service to the Chamber award for volunteering their tax services to the Chamber over the past three years; Bruce Krieg accepted the award. Megan Bresler of Carrollton Bank received the Chamber Volunteer of the Year award both for her dedication to this past Dinner Auction as Chair and her renewed commitment to that position for the coming event in 2014. The Spirit of the Chamber award was award to Linda Branham of Mary Kay Cosmetics and Jan Mullaney of SERVPRO for their unwavering “spirited” representation at Chamber events as Ambassadors and in the community. Lastly, Paul Carcagno, Vice President of Fortune Insurance, accepted the 2013 Board Member of the Year award for his dedication to the Fenton Chamber Board of Directors, especially with the crucial role he played in this year’s Affordable Care Act Seminar. Congratulations to each of these award winners and to all members for their dedication and commitment to making the Fenton Chamber thrive!
Pictured (left to right): Paul Carcagno-Vice President of Fortune Insurance, Jeannie Braun-FACC Executive Director, Jan Mullaney-SERVPRO, Bruce Krieg-Krieg Lohbeck & Company CPAs, Linda Branham-Mary Kay Cosmetics, Megan Bresler-Carrollton Bank, Greg Bresler-General Manager of Andre’s Banquets & Catering and FACC President, Tracy Mills and Cindy Helmkamp of American Eagle Credit Union, Deb Fruend-Executive Director and Founder of Team Activities for Special Kids (TASK), Amanda Breedlove of Mercy Clinic Urgent Care
Not Pictured: John Cary-Superintendent of Special School District
The Fenton Area Chamber of Commerce presented 20 local high school seniors with scholarships at the annual Scholarship Luncheon on Wednesday, July 10th at Anheuser Busch Conference Center – 1 Soccer Park Road, Fenton.
This year’s scholarship recipients include: Alexandra Adams from Rockwood Summit, Joshua Allen from Fox High School, Sarah Courtney Battelle from Rockwood Summit, Kelsey Battelle from Rockwood Summit, Kaelin Brueseke from Rockwood Summit, Sean Clancy from Rockwood Summit, Rachel Ess from Fox High School, Clint Grobelny from Northwest High School, Valerie Iannazzo from Rockwood Summit, Austin Martin from Rockwood Summit, Brendan McClew from Rockwood Summit, Kelly Nuetzel from Rockwood Summit, Alina Povarich from Northwest High School, Jeffrey Roethemeyer from Rockwood Summit, Rebecca Schreiber from Northwest High School, Nicole Sparks from Rockwood Summit, Vidhan Srivastava from Lindbergh High School, Jaime Staengel from Rockwood Summit, Ralph Turner from Rockwood Summit and Alexandria Watson from Rockwood Summit.
The Fenton Area Chamber of Commerce will kick off 2013 with a money saving topic for local businesses. Beginning in 2013, Ameren Missouri will invest $147 million to improve the energy efficiency of their industrial and commercial customer base through the Ameren Missouri Business Energy Efficiency Program. The new Business Energy Efficiency Program, available to all non-residential electric customers of Ameren Missouri, offers cash incentives for the upgrade of equipment, control systems and process improvements that will save energy. Energy-efficiency improvements to commercial buildings have multiple benefits beside energy savings, including increased comfort for employees and customers, increased productivity, extended equipment life, and lower maintenance costs.
To help our members learn more about the Ameren Missouri Energy Efficiency Program, including how to apply for cash incentives for implementation of energy efficiency measures, a program representative will attend the monthly membership meeting of the Fenton Area Chamber of Commerce on January 9th at AB Soccer Park- 1 Soccer Park Drive, Fenton, Missouri. Cost is $18 members; $20 guests. All attendees must RSVP by calling 636-717-0200.
On December 5th, the Fenton Area Chamber of Commerce held its 8th Annual Awards & Installation Luncheon at Maritz in Fenton, Missouri. At this event, Chamber members were recognized for their achievements throughout the year. Julie Baum of BaumHouse design accepted the 2012 Small Business of the Year award. Sarah Roesslein, Area Sales Manager for Drury Hotels, accepted the company’s 2012 Mid-Size Business of the Year award. Keith Emms accepted the 2012 Large Business of the Year award on behalf of Wal-Mart in Fenton. Kim Litzau accepted the Service to the Chamber Award on behalf of Partners in Education (PIE)-Rockwood School District for, not only the organization’s dedication, but for her individual commitment to the annual Business and Community Fair held at Rockwood Summit High School. Chamber Volunteer of the Year award recipients included Deb Bokamper of Decorating Den Interiors along with Joe Fischer, Jr. and David Christoff of Fischer & Christoff, Independent Asset Consultants, in recognition of their valuable contributions to Chamber programs. Lisa Huseman and Jen McCook of Z Total Body, LLC accepted the Chamber Spirit Award for being a constant positive energy at Chamber events and true cheerleaders for the Fenton Chamber. New this year was the Ambassador of the Year award which was accepted by Russ Ahlheim of Ad Source One for his commitment to attending Chamber events and being an outstanding representative of the Fenton Chamber. Mark Sherman of Sherman Auto Sales, Inc. was recognized as 2012 New Member of the Year for his constant yearn for involvement and “what can I do for the Chamber” attitude since day one of his membership. Lastly, Scott Borlinghaus of Fabick CAT accepted the 2012 Board Member of the Year award for his dedication to the Fenton Chamber Board of Directors, most notably his role in the Fenton Days Festival this year. Congratulations to each of these award winners as well as to each and every member for their dedication and commitment to making the Fenton Chamber a great success!
The Fenton Area Chamber of Commerce presented 16 local high school seniors with scholarships at the annual Scholarship Luncheon on Wednesday, July 11th at Anheuser Busch Conference Center.
This year’s scholarship recipients included: Danielle Ader from Northwest High School, Katrina Burlison from Rockwood Summit, Sarah Crudden from Rockwood Summit, Matthew Hindrichs from Rockwood Summit, Audra Horn from Cor Jesu Academy, Emily Jones from Ursuline Academy, Brittany Keebler from Lindbergh High School, Alexandra Krus from Nerinx Hall, Sean Mueller from Lutheran South, Joseph Pace from Rockwood Summit, Michelle Quinn from John F. Kennedy Catholic High School, Peter Rankin, Adam Thrower from Rockwood Summit, Meagan Tucker from Rockwood Summit, Jacob Van Tuyl from Rockwood Summit and Ryan Woodland from Lindbergh High School.
Brittany Keebler was awarded the 2012 Ginny Goede Scholarship for her dedication to helping others as well as her passion for servicing 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 achievements of these 16 scholars.
This event was sponsored by Sean C. King – Edward Jones. The ceremony was kicked off with a few words from Matthew Helbig, co-founder of Big River Running Company and Rockwood Summit graduate. Sean King with Edward Jones and Ginny Goede with The Jewelry Connection followed with the scholarship presentations. To conclude, Representative Mike Leara and Representative John McCaherty awarded each of the scholars with a declaration of their achievements.
Executive Director, Jeannie Braun, was named to the Small Business Monthly list of "100 St. Louisans You Should Know" Jeannie was honored at a luncheon along with others who made the list. Please help in congratulating Jeannie as this is a tremendous accomplishment and quite deserved as she strives to make the Fenton Area Chamber of Commerce better each day.
On December 7th, the Fenton Area Chamber of Commerce held its 7th Annual Awards Luncheon at Maritz in Fenton, Missouri. At this luncheon sponsored by Schaefer Autobody Centers, Chamber members were recognized for their achievements throughout the year. Michele Van Tuyl accepted the 2011 Small Business of the Year award on behalf of UniQue Ideas ‘N More. Jodi Clinton and Angela Reynolds accepted the 2011 Mid-Sized Business of the Year award for Commerce Bank. John Risberg accepted the 2011 Large Business of the Year on behalf of Maritz. Service to the Chamber award winners included Tom Stiern of Prestige Print Solutions and Mick Kenner of Speed-E-Way Printing Service for their continual time, effort and dedication to the Fenton Chamber. Steve Jackson of Jackson Auto and Truck received the 2011 Volunteer of the Year award for his dedication and time towards two of the most successful Annual Golf Tournaments in the history of the Fenton Chamber. Dan Barger and Courtney Barczewski from Fenton-High Ridge Patch.com accepted the Service to the Community award for their dedication to providing the community with comprehensive and trusted local news coverage. The 2011 Spirit of the Chamber award was given to Josh Brewster of U.S. Cellular for his constant enthusiasm and commitment to the Chamber. Debbie Schirmer of Maritz received the 2011 Board Member of the Year, nominated after serving previously as Recording Secretary and currently as Treasurer, and spearheading the move of the Chamber offices into Maritz. Congratulations to each of these award winners as well as to each and every member for dedication and commitment to making the Fenton Chamber the success that it is.
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.