The Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce paid tribute to the city’s most passionate residents and businesses during its 113th annual banquet — presented by 3M and Citizens National Bank — Thursday night at the Brownwood Coliseum.

Fourteen honors were bestowed, including the 2019 Groner Pitts Lifetime of Service Award, which was presented to Paul Waldrop Jr. The award is Brownwood’s highest honor in recognition of longtime community service. The recipient of Man of the Year was Carter Sharpe, while Woman of the Year accolades belonged to Marisha Stidom.

Leading the way in the workforce for 2018-19 were Large Business of the Year Landmark Life Insurance Company, Medium Business of the Year Weakley-Watson Ace Hardware and Small Business of the Year Diamond R Store and Cafe.

Additional awards presented earlier in the evening included Professional of the Year to Terry Nichols, Volunteer of the Year to Meghan Mask, Ambassador of the Year to Vikki Firth, and the City of Brownwood was tabbed Community Partner of the Year.

Four Stuart Coleman Good Neighbor Winners were distributed as well, with those going to Gayland Miller, Gary and Sharon Bostick, ROC- Revitalizing Our Community, and Mike Hall.

Rex Tackett of Wendlee Broadcasting served as the emcee for the event, while Mayor Stephen Haynes announced the award winners.

Outgoing Chamber president Lynn Day was recognized, presented a plaque and handed out awards. Debbie Morelock, the incoming chamber president, introduced the Leadership Class, 2019-20 board members and chamber staff.

Former state representative Bob Turner was also on hand for the banquet, which he began by leading those in attendance in a rendition of ‘God Bless America.’ New Howard Payne University President Dr. Cory Hines gave the invocation.

Award sponsors were Brown County Abstract (Groner Pitts Lifetime of Service), Texas-Clean (Man of the Year), Auto Glass Magic (Woman of the Year), Texas Farm Bureau (Professional of the Year), Aldersgate Enrichment Center (Volunteer of the Year), Texas Rock Crusher Railway (Community Partner of the Year), TexasBank (Large Business of the Year), TSTC Brownwood (Medium Business of the Year), Demand Staff (Small Business of the Year), The Chatfield (Ambassador of the Year), and Insurance Specialists/Voya Financial Advisors, The Runaway Train/Wendlee Broadcasting, Mike Hall – State Farm, and Andy’s Pest Troopers (Stuart Coleman Good Neighbors).

Additional sponsors for the event included Bostick’s Auto and Truck Sales, Brasher & Co., Brown County Broadcasting/KOXE/KBWD, Brown County Fair Association, Brownwood ISD, Brownwood Municipal Development District, Brownwood Regional Medical Center, Bruner Auto Group, Center for Life Resources, Central Texas Heart & Vascular, City of Brownwood, Coldwell Banker – Mike Campbell & Associates, Comanche County Medical Center, Davis-Morris Funeral Home, Haynes Law Firm, Heartland Chiropractic, Hendrick Health System, Howard Payne University, Jacobs Family Pharmacy, Kohler Company, Landmark Life Insurance Company, Mills County State Bank, Oncor, Painter & Johnson, PF&E Oil Company, Porter Insurance Agency, Ranger College, Revitalizing Our Community, Superior Essex, TSTC Foundation, Bob Turner, United Supermarkets, Waldrop Construction Company, and Wilson Cleaners.