FISD Salutes Frisco Chamber of Commerce Honorees

Jan 22, 2015

Frisco ISD is proud to have many friends, supporters and business associates among those honored at the annual Frisco Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet held at the Embassy Suites Convention Center on Friday, January 16.

Honorees with ties to Frisco ISD were numerous and included several of our volunteers and friends. We salute the following:

Peter Burns was honored as the 2014 Citizen of the Year for his work in promoting Frisco through the Frisco Chamber of Commerce, serving as president of the Frisco Education Foundation, and working to promote and gain funding for youth programs such as the FEF Mindbender Academy and the Chamber’s Young Entrepreneurs Academy. Burns, who works for Alcatel-Lucent, has been a strong advocate of Frisco, public education, and growing young science, engineering, technology and math students in our community.

Dr. Rick Reedy, retired FISD superintendent, was named Silver Citizen of the Year. He was honored for his many years of support of the Chamber, education, Frisco Family Services and the Frisco Education Foundation. He most recently worked with a large group of citizens to help support the passage of the FISD school bond. He and his wife, Judith, came to Frisco in 1976 and have been community leaders and volunteers for many years.

Susanne Kerley was named the Spirit of Frisco. Kerley is a guide at the Frisco Heritage Museum, dressing up as Grandma Kerley to lead Frisco ISD second grade students through the museum and to explain to them how Frisco came to be and how the community has grown and changed. Kerley is vice president of the Heritage Association of Frisco, active with Collin County Historical Commission projects, and has worked for years to preserve Frisco history and structures.

The Heritage Association of Frisco was also honored for its work with the City, the Chamber and the school district as Small Non-Profit of the Year. The Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County was named Large Non-Profit of the Year.

Other Chamber awards announced include:

  • The Chamber Chairman’s Award -  Frisco Chamber of Commerce Staff
  • The Chamber President’s Award  - Core Construction, a supporter of students and staff in FISD through their sponsorship of the Frisco Education Foundation Annual Gary Burns Fun Run.
  • Chamber Ambassador of the Year - Mike Simmons, who also serves on the Frisco Education Foundation’s Board of Directors. His team, Mighty Mike’s was named Ambassador Team of the Year.
  • Solopreneur of the Year - Tracy Gamble of Gamble Media Group
  • Micro Business of the Year - Newman Real Estate; Agent Whitney Newman Brubaker also serves on the Foundation’s Board of Directors and Newman Real Estate is a sponsor of “It’s A Wonderful Life in Newman Village” benefiting FEF.
  • Small Business of the Year - Community Impact Newspaper
  • Medium Business of the Year - Garver LLC, a supporter of students and staff in FISD through their sponsorship of the Frisco Education Foundation Annual Gary Burns Fun Run.
  • Large Business of the Year - PGA Pro Superstore
  • Macro Business of the Year - Straburger & Price LLC
  • Developer of the Year - Frisco Square, which supports youth in FISD through the annual Arts in the Square event.
  • Entrepreneur of the Year - Josh Meek of Meek Industries
  • Home-Based Business of the Year Award - Lynn Malkoff Promotions
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