Starkey was the second recipient in a row to head up a nonprofit organization. Last year, United Way of Cass County Director Joyce Mayhill was recognized.
This year’s recipient of the chamber’s Businessman of the Year trophy, Dr. Herb Price, did not attend the dinner, but recorded a video explaining his absence and thanking the chamber members for nominating him.
Price, a local optometrist, has taken an active role in Logansport for 42 years, according to Carmichael, and is the longest-serving Logansport Rotary member — clocking in 41 years.
A. Raymond, a local fastener manufacturer, got the chamber’s Large Business of the Year plaque. Plant manager Keith Holms said as he accepted the award that it had been a surprise for the plant.
“The people at the plant — the managers, my staff, all the employees — have really come together over the last year and a half,” said Holms, to make the improvements that spurred the company’s nomination. “I’m very, very pleased on behalf of the plant ... This award really goes to them.”
Holms anticipated formally presenting the award to plant employees at the facility’s quarterly meeting at the end of the year.
The chamber’s Small Business of the Year award went to Kuns Bakery, Bulk Foods and Deli, which over the last year and a half more than doubled its size.
“I couldn’t believe it,” said manager Joanna Kuns, when she found out the store would be receiving the award. “I mean, I know that we get the compliments, but I didn’t know that people see us as someone to nominate as business of the year.”
Chamber members submitted a record number of nominations — 15, all told — this year, according to chamber administrative assistant Teresa Zimmerman.
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