Leaders Among Us

Chairman’s Award Winner 

Paula Benne
C&S Business Services

 -The Chairman’s Award is selected by the outgoing Chamber Chair. It recognizes a member who has provided outstanding volunteer service to the Chamber during the past year.

“What an honor and totally unexpected. I want to say thank you to Jeff Davidson, Darren Heckman, the Chamber board and our outstanding Chamber staff. You have led us through a pandemic, the reorganization of the Chamber and hiring of our new Chamber Director. Through this, we dealt with many changes and through those changes come opportunities. I believe, we as a partnership between JCREP, the Chamber and our community will be able to push exciting initiatives across the goal line.
Again, I am honored to be recognized but it truly is a team effort in all I do. Having a great community like ours, makes it easier.” -Paula Benne

William W. Quigg Award Winner

Reid Millard
Houser-Millard Funeral Directors

“The William W. Quigg Award honors outstanding community service and leadership. It was designed to recognize an individual – not for a particular year of service – but rather to recognize a person who has performed outstanding and dedicated service to the community and/or to helping others over time.

“The Jefferson City Chamber of Commerce does an outstanding job of continually making Jefferson City one of the best communities in Missouri to live and work.
My grandmother Dorothy Millard, who had a flower shop in my hometown of Brilliant, Ohio, taught me the importance of giving back to the community. It has been natural for me to support the things that make Jefferson City a better place to live.
I was very humbled (and yes, a bit embarrassed) but truly honored to receive the Prestigious William Quigg Award. Having known Bill (William) and all he did for Jefferson City, I was reminded that it takes all of us working together to build on his legacy of making Jefferson City the heartland of America’s best.” -Reid Millard

Chamber Meritorious Civic Service

Debbie Hamler

The Chamber Meritorious Civic Service Award honors an
individual who is passionate about making a positive contribution to Jefferson City and has gone above and beyond expectations in their service to the community. The recipient of this award truly exemplifies the ideals of civic service in all areas of their life.

” I was certainly surprised to win the Chamber’s Civic Service award. It is such an honor to be placed in such distinguished ranks with the past honorees.
To me this award recognizes the work of many: the founding parents of Goshorn and Peter Pan Schools; the SLC staff, board members, families, volunteers, and friends; the United Way, Chamber and other community groups and members who lifted the Special Learning Center through the years; and the Lord who provided miracle after miracle for the SLC and its families.” -Debbie Hamler

Fast Forward Award Winner

Natalie Newville
Missouri River Regional Library

The “Fast Forward Award” recognizes a young person who exhibits outstanding leadership skills and is making valuable contributions to our community which will make a positive impact on our community’s future.

“Winning the Fast Forward Award was an unexpected acknowledgement of the commitment my family has made to the Jefferson City community. When Kenney and I moved to Jefferson City in 2013, we decided to intentionally get  involved in our community because we wanted Catherine to grow up in a town she could be proud of and that provided her a beneficial quality of life. The Chamber was one of the first organizations that we got involved with, and that involvement has impacted the course of our lives here in JCMO, from our friends to our jobs to our hobbies.” -Natalie Newville

Exceptional Employee Award Winner

Adam Stroebel

Jefferson Bank

The Outstanding Employee Award recognizes an individual for their contributions to their employer that contribute to the overall success of the organization and our community.

” At Jefferson Bank, working with a great group of guys is what makes our lawns and facilities exceptional.  I was honored to be nominated for the 2021 Exceptional Employee Award by my coworkers.  To be named the winner of the award was a huge privilege.  And truthfully, I know it wasn’t something I did on my own. The maintenance crew and the entire Jefferson Bank team are what makes US exceptional.  Thank you, Jefferson City Area Chamber of Commerce for this honor.” -Adam Stroebel

Small Business of the Year Award Winner

Erin Bidlack


The Small Business of the Year Award recognizes a business for its overall success particularly regarding innovation, creativity, evidence of business growth and contributions by the business to aid in community-oriented projects.

Erin, a native of the Jefferson City area, grew up active, playing sports all her childhood. After high school she attended the University of Missouri, majoring in Business Management. After college, she moved to Saint Louis to pursue her business career. She then spent her years working for Gold’s Gym International as an Operations Manager for the Saint Louis area. There, she met her husband, Lance, and shortly after found the military life moving them 2,000 miles away. After the enlistment, they returned home with their new family. She quickly found that love of exercise returning. She returned to college at Lincoln University with a degree in Health and Wellness and a CPT from the National Academy of Sports Medicine.
“One of my goals is not only to help people, but to bring a true fitness studio to the Jefferson City area.”

“When I found out that the Studio was nominated for Small Business of the Year, I had many thoughts.  First, it’s hard to put into words what your business does for the community.  Let’s be honest, no one enjoys talking about themselves.  But then I realized that it’s more than that.  Not only do we give back to our community,  we have created a safe and positive environment within JCMO.  We have changed not only members’ lives, as staff we have grown too. 

We are more than a gym, we are a community. 
And for us, winning Small Business of the Year shows that we are helping so many people, and we hope that this will continue to create awareness to help
so many more.

Thank you JCMO Chamber!” -Erin Bidlack