The Stillwater Chamber of Commerce has announced Scott Petty as its Citizen of the Year. Petty, the Executive Director of the Stillwater Medical Center Foundation, is also co-owner of real estate management companies Orange State Properties and LISCO.
Petty was a driving force in raising money with the Stillwater Strong movement following the 2015 OSU Homecoming Parade crash, which took four lives and injured dozens. Funds were used to help may medical bills for the injured. Proceeds from his Stillwater Strong book, released in 2018, help fund the Stillwater Strong memorial built at the corner of Hall of Fame and Main Street.
Scott and his wife Gerri have two children, Catherine and Will.
• The Chamber’s Large Business of the Year is the Wilson Auto Family. The Wilsons acquired Stillwater’s Chevrolet dealership in 1986 and expanded to include Cadillac, Buick and GM. The Wilsons will debut a new Buick-GM location this year.
• Stillwater Martial Arts was named the Small Business of the Year. Stillwater Martial Arts is located at 824 S. Main. It is owned by Alex Evers. Stillwater Martial Arts was highlighted by the Chamber for creating a summer program that teaches life skills.
• Hall of Fame honorees were Jim and Ann Halligan. Jim is a former state senator and president of Oklahoma State University. Ann was on the Stillwater Medical Center board, is heavily involved in the United Way of Payne County and is weekly volunteer at Elite Repeat.
Chamber Awards List:
Agribusiness of the Year: Payne County Stockyards
Next Generation of Agriculture: GK and Stephanie Rossander
Farm Family of the Year: Jim and Barbara Kirby
Chamber Choice: Sparrow Beginnings
Family-owned Business of the Year: Gose & Associates
Nonprofit of the Year: CASA for Kids, Inc.
Leading Edge Award: Justin Hazzard
Ambassador of the Year: Terri Collier
Young Professional of the Year: Hailey Payne
• Leadership Stillwater Class XXVII: Sherry Alexander, Haley Annuschat, Nathan Brusker, Cali Crisp, Shelby Cypret, Sarah Gold, Tommy Hall, Vicky Jerome, Cathy Kindt, Kelsey Lee, Bailey Lefthand, Kelsie Miner, Cody Murray, Christian Oldham, Bryam Padgett, Sharyl Pickens, Erin Portman, Angela Pradia, Brian Price, Kelsey Proctor, Harlie Runner, Kami Shipman, Dale Sorrell, Jason White and Dr. Kent Williams.