By Tim Priebe
April 4, 2023

Recognizing Edmond’s best

The winners of this year's Edmond Chamber of Commerce's Annual Awards Banquet have all made a meaningful impact on the community.
Edmond Music the First United Bank Small Business of the Year award alongside Glen McCall, First United Bank president, far left, and Edmond Chamber President and CEO Sherry Jordan, far right. Photo provided.

Each year, the Edmond Area Chamber of Commerce honors individuals and businesses who help make an impact on the community at its annual awards banquet.

This year’s recipients spanned industries, philanthropic causes, and volunteer efforts. 

“Edmond is fortunate to have citizens who go above and beyond for the community,” said Edmond Chamber President and CEO Sherry Jordan. “We are thrilled to recognize these individuals and businesses who have made a difference in our city.”

During the banquet, Edmond Chamber representatives present various awards determined by multiple committees of chamber members and volunteers.

The Winners

Petra Industries owners Bill and Cindy Stewart were named the Citizens Bank Citizens of the Year. In addition to supporting numerous charitable organizations, the Stewarts are investing in the future of education through the Gabe Stewart Memorial Endowment for Oklahoma Christian Schools and the Stewart Family Power of Purpose. Their contributions are helping to fund the school’s new performing arts center and expand faith-based resources for children.

Serving the Edmond community for more than four decades, family-owned Edmond Music received the honor of First United Bank Small Business of the Year. The music store has served the greater Oklahoma City area with the best musical instruments and service.

Glen McCall, president of the Oklahoma City and Edmond markets for First United Bank, presented the award. 

“There was real gratitude of those members of the community who were recognized,” he said. “A common theme among them was a deep and connecting obligation to serve.”

As the owner and CEO of Humanity Hospice, LLC, Keisha Jackson specializes in end-of-life care. Her nearly 34 years of service in the healthcare field played a part in her winning the title of Prosperity Bank Woman of the Year. She’s worked with her staff to develop a grief camp for children ages 6 to 18 by providing music and art therapy to teach children healthy ways to grieve.

Keisha Jackson, center, was named Prosperity Bank Woman of the Year at the awards banquet. Photo provided.

Named the OU Health Edmond Young Professional of the Year, Savannah Whitehead serves as the program director at the Edmond Fine Arts Institute. But this isn’t her only recent accolade. She’s a proud recipient of the 2021 ULI Impact Award for Outstanding Community Building Initiative for VIBES, a selected muralist for the 2022 Sunny Dayz Mural Festival, and, most recently, a judge for Oklahoma State University’s 2022 Homecoming.

Originally an Edmond native, Bondi Bowls founder Bailey Wilson expanded her acai bowl business into 17 franchises and one storefront over seven states. However, the company’s generosity helped it clench the RCB Bank Philanthropic Business of the Year title. Each truck gives in different ways, with a special focus on foster and adoption nonprofits.

Angie Clemens-Byers earned her win as Integris Health Edmond Volunteer of the Year through the many hours she dedicates to various organizations and causes within the community. In addition to being a scout leader for her two sons’ Boy Scout of America troop and an Edmond Women’s Club member, she serves with the Edmond Chamber as part of the Women’s Council, Government Relations Council, Small Business Owners Alliance, Special Events Committee, and as the Ambassador Council Chairwoman.

Another member of the Ambassador Council, Darla Hall was named the Mercy Ambassador of the Year. She’s a chamber event regular and an active volunteer for Edmond Mobile Meals and the Down Syndrome Association of Central Oklahoma.

Celebrating its 40-year anniversary, the Edmond Women’s Club was named Tinker Federal Credit Union Nonprofit of the Year. Edmond Women’s Club provides unique opportunities for its members to volunteer, donate to charitable organizations, expand their abilities to serve, and experience fellowship with one another.

Want to learn more about the awards banquet? Visit the Edmond Chamber of Commerce website for more information and photos from the event.

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About Tim Priebe

Tim is a public speaker, author, publisher of Edmond Business, and the owner of Backslash Creative. He helps businesses that are worried they don’t have the expertise or time required to invest in doing their own digital marketing. He helps them plan where and how much to invest and often helps execute the plan.

Tim started the Edmond Business online magazine in May 2020 to fill a need in the community when The Edmond Sun shut down and stopped publishing their monthly magazine, The Business Times.