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Tecumseh Chamber Presents Presitigous Award To Capps


November 26, 2020

Jennifer Pitts

Incoming Tecumseh Chamber President, Luke Fugate (left) presents Citizen Potawatomi Vice Chairman Linda Capps with the Citizen of the Year award. Fugate with Rustic Rose received the Small Business of the Year.

It's been a banner year for Linda Capps, vice chairman of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. Only a month after being honored for earning the top position in the Countywide & Sun's Pottawatomie Power Poll, she was awarded the Tecumseh Chamber of Commerce's most prestigious award, Citizen of the Year.

The recognition came last Thursday night, Nov. 19, at the chamber's annual meeting and awards banquet at FireLake Arena. Capps was one of four nominees for the honor; the others were Suzie Campbell, Suzanne Gilbert and Robert Kinsey.

It was also a big night for Deann Smith, whose Farmer's Daughter Market won the Business of the Year while Smith also won Business Person of the Year. Other nominees for Business Person of the Year were Jill Spencer, of First United Bank; Jimmy Jordan of Jordan Contractors; and Suzanne Gilbert of Tecumseh Tag & Gilbert Insurance;

Also nominated for Business of the Year were AECO Sales & Service, Gilbert & Sons Trucking and Ma Beasley's Daylight Donuts.

Other winners were:

• Small Business of the Year - The Rustic Rose. Also nominated were the A/C Doctors, the Doggie Spot and Tecumseh Agency/Gilbert Insurance.

• Business Renovation of the Year - Tecumseh Vet Clinic. Also nominated was the Doggie Spot.

• New Construction of the Year - Shawnee Milling.

• Friendliest Employee - Lori Love of First United Bank. Other nominees wereBriannna Baney of First United Bank, Leda Canada of Tecumseh Tag Agency, and Cary Gray of First United Bank,.

• Chamber Volunteer of the Year - Kellie Clay of BancFirst.

• Legacy Award - Cooper Funeral Home. This a new award for a "long-standing business with a rich family history in Tecumseh." Other nominees were AECO Sales & Service, Gilbert & Sons Trucking and Hartoon Jewelers.

• Pivot Award - Tecumseh Public Schools. Another new award, this one is designed to recognize a business which handled the challenges of the pandemic well. Other nominees were the Farmer's Daughter Market, FireLake Foods and First United Bank.

Two new board members. Kellie Clay and Nicole Sanchez, were elected in the balloting. Other nominees were Miriam Bell of the United Way of Pottawatomie County; Chris Peters, Treats Solutions; Ronnye Sharp, Broadway Building; and Becky Webb, AC Doctors.

Outgoing president Bethe Lyle recognized Richard Driskell and Kacy Kinsey as outgoing board members, as well as passing the gavel to incoming chamber president Luke Fugate.


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