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At the Chamber's Annual Meeting this year, the Chamber recognized those businesses and individuals that go above and beyond the call of duty. The recipients of the Citizen of the Year, Small Business of the Year, Business of the Year, Industry of the Year, Woman of the Year and Ambassador of the Year were recognized for their dedication to our community.


Citizen of the Year 2017
Dr. Craig Correll

Dr. Craig Correll, Superintendent of Coffeyville Public Schools, was selected as the Citizen of the Year. "I was very honored, humbled and surprised. And as appreciative as I am of that honor, I think that it shows a great support of our school system," Correll said. Correll is on the Board of Trustees for Coffeyville Regional Medical Center, and is also involved in Rotary. Over the last two years in this district, student achievement numbers are either at or above the national norms in nearly every grade level in reading and math. "I just appreciate the support from the community for all our schools. We are Coffeyville's Public Schools, not just Coffeyville Public Schools." Correll plans to work with the community to continue to grow, involve, and engage the community in what the school accomplishes.

Woman of the Year 2017
Katie Hill

Katie Hill, Director of the Coffeyville Public Library, was the recipient of the Woman of the Year Award. Some of the Coffeyville activities that Hill is involved in are Kiwanis, Rotary, and Young Professionals. She is also a Chamber Ambassador, part of the Midland Theatre Foundation, serves on the Boys and Girls Club Board, and the Imagination Library Board. Hill has been at the Library Director for 3 1/2 years.
"One of the reasons I've been able to be so involved is because this community is so welcoming," she says. "Being new to a community can be hard. They're happy to have outsiders come and contribute, and it's been great to be able to be involved so much."

Industry of the Year 2017

John Deere Coffeyville Works

John Deere Coffeyville Works was the recipient of the 2017 Industry of the Year Award. John Deere Coffeyville Works (JDCW) has a rich history. In 1941, brothers Howard and Joe Funk moved from Akron, Ohio to Coffeyville and started Funk Manufacturing. Funk Manufacturing was purchased by Gardner-Denver in 1969, eventually merging with Cooper Industries in 1979. Ten years later, Funk Manufacturing was purchased by John Deere and in 2005, became known as John Deere Coffeyville Works. John Deere Coffeyville Works is known as a world-class drivetrain business, proudly innovating products, manufacturing with excellence, and delivering distinctive product quality. An equal opportunity employer, JDCW currently employs a diverse group of 300+ employees that bring unique perspectives to address the complex challenges of its global business. JDCW designs and builds drivetrain components, including transmissions and pump drives used in John Deere agricultural and construction equipment. John Deere Coffeyville Works continues to invest in research and development to build the next generation of equipment to benefit customers, who are linked to the land. JDCW aspire to be a catalyst for positive change. Their founding principles are around solving world hunger, empowering others through education, and developing home communities. They do this by investing purposefully and focusing their philanthropic and volunteerism efforts that benefit the community.

Business of the Year 2017
Community State Bank

Community State Bank was the recipient of the
2017 Business of the Year Award. To be named 'Business of the Year' in Coffeyville is an honor in itself, but for Community State Bank, they are also celebrating their 50th Anniversary. "Our mission is to exceed the service expectations of our customers, and be their financial institution of choice," President Mike Ewy says. "We pride ourselves on focusing on core values." The core values of Community State Bank cover their customer service, rewarding careers, contributing to the community, managing profitable growth, and maintaining commendable personal behavior. Community State Bank has been a part of Coffeyville for 50 years. In their view, part of being a community organization run concurrent with making the community a better place to live for all citizens. The pillars of Community State Bank are honesty, respect, integrity, trust, and professionalism.

Small Business of the Year 2017
Sew N' So

Sharon Caulkins, owner of Sew N' So, was named Small Business of the Year. Her incredible personality and abilities have kept her business going for nearly 10 years. "When this business didn't pay for itself, I told myself I would lock the doors. And so far, I haven't had to," Caulkins says. Starting the business, Caulkins had a little bit of money, and visited Jim Correll from the 'Fab Lab' to learn more about being an entrepreneur. Sharon and her husband have been a part of this community their entire lives. "I went to school here, elementary through high school." Sew N' So is located at 127 W. 8th in Downtown Coffeyville. She specializes in alterations and tailoring, and is open Monday through Friday 10AM - 5PM.

Chamber Champion Award

Pug Clough

This year we wanted to recognize a person who has been very involved with the Chamber. Pug has been a key person that has made many events, organizations and projects happen here in Coffeyville. He currently serves on the Historical Society Board of Directors. Pug has been very involved in Coffeyville News & Networking every Wednesday morning and is always asking what he can do to help, whether that is by donating money, spreading the word, or volunteering time. The Chamber is lucky to have someone who loves Coffeyville so much and is helping move us forward!


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