Individuals recognized, Marty Rivers receives top chamber honor

April 03, 2017

                Area banker and former Chamber Board Chair Marty Rivers received the Otis L. Fowler Award during the 108th Annual Membership Banquet. 

                Otis Fowler was the first full-time, paid executive of the Denton Chamber of Commerce, a position he held for nearly 30 years. This award is the highest and most prestigious honor annually presented by the Denton Chamber of Commerce, a tradition at every annual membership banquet for the 57 years.

                According to the criteria originally established in 1960, the Otis L. Fowler Award is bestowed upon a deserving individual “who by regular engagement in (his or her)  business, profession or calling ... (has) made a marked contribution  to the progress and welfare of the community.”  

                Marty has been in the banking business in and around Denton since 1993.  He is a 1996 graduate of Leadership Denton.  He has held every position on the Leadership Denton Advisory Board, ultimately serving as General Chair for the 2002-2003 Class.

                He chaired the chamber’s Local Relations Committee in 1997, which subsequently involved into a separate 18 month process to vet what is today the Denton Development Code.  Marty was ultimately named Chair of the Board of the Denton Chamber, serving for the 2006-2007 Program Year.

                Marty is one of the chamber’s two voting representatives on the City of Denton Joint Economic Development Partnership Board, and, has played a prominent role on the Downtown Task Force, which is a specific initiative of the present economic development strategic plan.  He previously served on the boards of the Denton Division of the Texas Homebuilders Association, United Way of Denton County, Denton Festival Foundation and the Zoning Board of Adjustments for the City of Denton.

                Carrell Ann Simmons was named the Volunteer of the Year for 2016-17.  She is a long-time Denton banker, and, is presently affiliated with Stan’s Flooring.  The Executive Committee voted to recognize her for her double role as Treasurer, as well as serving as a hands on division officer.

                The chamber serves as the foundation for three other separate affiliates, and two additional free-standing service entities, administering total receipts exceeding $2 million.  According to the 2016 Volunteer of the Year, Monica Glenn, “accounting for all of these entities financially is a lot to ask of a volunteer Treasurer.”  Monica presented the award to Carrell Ann.
                Cindy Tysinger, owner and founder of GSATi, was named the chamber’s Small Business of the Year for 2016.     
                Nominees are typically considered on business-related accomplishments as of December 31, and may include a combination of comparable growth indices, innovation, and the ability to overcome adverse circumstances.  Contenders must be locally owned and operated, a chamber member in good standing, and, have been in business continuously for at least two years.
                Cindy started her own global technology business, in her home, with her two sons. Today, she employs staff from five states and four countries, with multilingual team members to negotiate with clients worldwide.  She sponsors students from China, Mexico, India, and Nigeria.
                She ended the year in 2016 as their best year to date.  Her revenue increased 62% in 2016 as compared to 2015.   She added 9 new employees to the team bringing the total to 37. 

                Greg Johnson, with VERUS Real Estate Advisors and recipient of the award for 2015, made the presentation.
                Erik Clark, with Wellspring Insurance and previously head of the Membership Development Division, formerly recognized the LEAD Directors: Randi Skinner, Denton County Friends of the Family, Wendy Chance, City of Denton Solid Waste and Recycling, and Dionna Charles, AlphaGraphics.
                They in turn recognized Outstanding LEAD Delegates, as voted on by each coalition.  The Outstanding Delegate for the Welcome Coalition was Cole Frazier, Frazier Commercial Real Estate.  The Outstanding Delegate for the Host Coalition was Jacee Kiefer, North Texas State Fair Association. Kerry Montz, Denton Public Library, was voted The Outstanding Delegate for the Outreach Coalition.

Chuck Carpenter, President
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