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2019 Awards Banquet Celebration

on February 8, 2019

The Norman Chamber of Commerce kicked off its centennial year at its Annual Awards Banquet on Thursday, Jan. 31.

Along with a Centennial Video that was presented, individuals and businesses were celebrated during the program. The awards presented include NEXT Under 40, Greenovation, Women’s Leadership Award, Ambassador of the Year, Teachers of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, Small Business of the Year, and Large Business of the Year. The Norman Chamber also celebrated its outgoing chair of the Board, Shelley Coleman-Cox, passing the gavel to the incoming chair, Casey Vinyard. 

2018 NEXT Under 40 Awards

The best of Norman’s young professionals:

Alexandria Britz

Kayla Brandt

Michael Buckmaster

Rebecca Copelin

David Clay Floyd

Cody Giles

B. J. Hawkins

Katelynn Henry

Chelsea Hinkle

Michelle Hohlier

Adam Jacquez

Tyler McManaman

Jeff Moody

Aaron Parker

Matthew Peacock

Kyle Phillips


2018 Greenovation Awards

Norman businesses that invest their time and energy into being green


Small Business Conservation: CC Environmental

CCE has reduced solid waste in several capacities including setting printers to automatically print double-sided, purchasing recycled paper, and using reusable cups to eliminate waste. They conserve energy through more LED lighting and by covering windows to reduce air conditioning usage. In addition, CCE participated in the world’s greatest lights-off campaign last year that promoted turning off lights in the office.


Small Business Recycling: MA+ Architecture

While they recycle most items at both of their office locations and provide their employees with recycling bins, what really stood out is what they do with their unused and sample building materials. By participating in metro programs and working with organizations in the area, MA+ donates their unused materials to be given or sold at a discount to teachers and the public. These materials can be repurposed for class projects and used to teach students new skills and lessons in a creative way.


Large Business Conservation & Large Business Recycling: Hitachi Computer Products

Celebrating six consecutive years of Norman Chamber Large Business Conservation Awards, Hitachi outdoes themselves year after year with their impressive waste reduction and energy conservation statistics. Hitachi has an extensive in-house reuse program and continues to reduce its items being sent to a landfill. In addition, Hitachi requires environmental education annually and performs regular audits on its recycling efforts. Hitachi has made great conservation strides by implementing more LED lighting, replacing old motors with high-efficiency motors, tracking energy usage, and maintaining building seals to minimize loss of heating or cooling.


2019 Women’s Leadership Award: Norman Mayor Lynne Miller

Lynne Miller has served Norman in multiple capacities throughout her career as an educator, a community leader, a businesswoman, a volunteer, and most recently, a public servant. She has actively led our city through strategic initiatives and quality of life projects. She exemplifies leadership through stewardship, service and dedication.


Teacher of the Year Awards

Norman Public Schools – Teresa Lansford

Teresa is a teacher librarian at Lincoln Elementary, who began her teaching career in Norman more than 13 years ago. Teresa is known across the nation as a pioneer in the field of data curation in school libraries and has partnered with the University of Oklahoma and the public library system to provide more opportunities for her third graders.

All Saints Catholic School – Pam Brown & Frank Lawrence (not pictured)

Pam has served All Saints for 22 years and is a junior high social studies teacher. She prepares students for the National History Day competition and sponsors the school’s recycling club. Frank has been part of the All Saints team for 22 years. He teaches junior high science and advises the Albert House.


2019 Ambassador of the Year: Debbie Barnhill

Debbie Barnhill is the chamber’s longest standing Ambassador, starting as a member of the President’s Club before it merged with the Ambassador group. She has given years, even decades, of her service to the Chamber and the Ambassadors. Her commitment to volunteering her time in the community, guidance to new chamber members, and dedication to seeing Norman prosper, makes her the clear choice as our first ever Ambassador of the Year.


2019 Chairman’s Award

Volunteer of the Year: Jan Moran

Jan Moran was named Volunteer of the Year for her distinguished volunteer service that went above and beyond over the past year. She has served the Norman chamber for many years in several capacities including chairman of the board. Her contributions are limitless; and her business has always been a generous supporter of the Chamber and its events and programs. In fact, this year she raised more than $100,000 in sponsorships for the TRC, setting a new fundraising record. Uniquely, she has spent her entire 40-year career with one company, serving communities across central Oklahoma.


2019 Small Business of the Year

Best of Norman’s Small Business Community: Hallbrooke Development Group – Trey Bates, owner

Hallbrooke Development Group plays a large part in making Norman a great city. It exceeds its daily mission to invest in Norman and in its business community. It strives to create unique and distinctive environments and to build sustainable and enduring communities for families and businesses. Trey Bates, owner of Hallbrooke, has led the Norman Chamber in various capacities including serving as chairman of the board. He has been a supporter of the chamber’s mission throughout the years, which is evident by his unwavering support of our programs and events. And, he’s a 3rd generation Norman native and continues to invest his time and energy by helping grow and sustain our community.


2019 Large Business of the Year

Best of Norman’s Large Business Community: BancFirst – Jim Wade, president

BancFirst has consistently been a model of involvement with the Norman Chamber and the Norman business community. BancFirst and its employees consistently reinvest in the Norman community through active participation in the chamber, nonprofits and other worthy organizations. Plus, they have been a member of the Chamber for 40 years. Jim Wade, BancFirst president, identifies the value of investment. He’s invested his time and energy to the chamber by serving in many roles including chairman of the board. Wade understands the importance of inspiring the next generation of leaders and you can see that commitment permeate within his organization and throughout the community.

Thank you to our 2019 Presenting Sponsor, AT&T, and to all of our generous 2019 Banquet sponsors!

Johnson Controls Industries, Entertainment Sponsor; Primrose Funeral Service and Sunset Memorial Park, Wine Sponsor; Republic Bank & Trust, Reception Sponsor; Landers Auto Group, Centerpiece Sponsors; and RK Black, Program Sponsor.

Platinum Preferred Sponsors: BancFirst, Chickasaw Nation, First United Bank, Floyd Law Firm, Fowler Automotive, Moore Norman Technology Center, Norman Regional Health System, The Norman Transcript, Oklahoma Natural Gas, and Walmart West.

Platinum Sponsors: 1NB Financial Center, ADG, P.C., Adair & Associates/Garner Insurance, Aramark at NCED, Aria Real Estate/Precision Builders, Arvest Bank, Ball Morse Lowe, PLLC, Chickasaw Nation Industries, City of Norman, Eide Bailly, First Fidelity Bank, Hallbrooke Development Group, Havenbrook Funeral Home, INOK Investments, LifeSpring Home Care, Manhattan Construction Co., McMahon Marketing, Mercy, Midfirst Bank, Nexus Productions, OG&E, Oklahoma Electric Cooperative, OEC Fiber, Oklahoma Copier Solutions, Oklahoma State Bank, RCB Bank, Republic Services, Rieger Law Group, RK Black, Tinker Federal Credit Union, Tribute Memorial Care, Valliance Bank, and Walden Cleaners.

Gold Sponsors: Bergey Windpower, Big Red Sports & Imports, Cayman’s Clothiers, Embassy Suites Norman Hotel & Conference Center, First Liberty Bank, Gray Blodgett & Company, Great Nations Bank, Hampton Inn & Suites, Holiday Inn, Julia Chew State Farm Agency, MA+ Architecture, McClain Bank, Silver Star Construction, SportsTalk Media, United Way, and VisitNorman.

Silver Sponsors: Bart Conner Gymnastics, Cain & Cain, Cardinal Engineering, Inc., Cindy K. Nashert State Farm Agency, DM Wealth Management, Haralson Enterprises Inc., Lashar Home Comfort Systems, Levant Technologies, Norman Public Schools, Oklahoma Academy, Pioneer Library System, Quest Executive Services, and Thompson Pool & Patio.