Plano Chamber Announces Best of Plano Award Recipients

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September 14, 2018

Plano Chamber Announces Best of Plano Award Recipients
Plano, TX – September 13, 2018 - The Plano Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce the 2018 Best of Plano award recipients. The honorees will be celebrated at an awards dinner on Thursday, November 1, from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the Marriott Dallas/Plano at Legacy Town Center. 
“This year’s honorees exemplify excellence,” states Plano Chamber President/CEO Jamee Jolly. “They are servant leaders that help make Plano – and North Texas – a better place to live, work, play, and invest. We are excited to celebrate their accomplishments and invite the community to join us.”
The Plano Chamber will present its highest honor, Citizen of the Year, to Missy Bender. Bender has dedicated 12 years of service to the Plano ISD Board of Trustees, originally elected to the board in 2006. She is currently serving her third year as board president and has previously held the positions of vice president and secretary. Bender is co-founder of Trustees for Texas, a non-profit organization whose purpose is to create a unified and powerful voice to transform education in Texas.  
Bender is a frequent presenter at state and national school board conferences and has worked with other trustees in the North Texas Regional Consortium to develop a regional legislative agenda. She has also served on the TASB Legislative advocacy Committee and has testified to the House and Senate education committees on behalf of Plano ISD and all Texas school districts.
Also being recognized is Lynne McLean, CEO of Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County, who will receive the ATHENA Leadership Award®, presented annually by the Plano Chamber to one of Plano’s most accomplished businesswomen. McLean started her career in child protection with 14 years of service with Child Protective Services, starting as an investigation caseworker and working her way up to program director. Under McLean’s leadership, the Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County has grown from 29 to 45 employees who provide services to abused children and their non-offending family members at no cost.
Sandy Haire, Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer at Medical City Plano, was selected as Business Executive of the Year. In her 23 years as Chief Nursing Officer, Haire has seen Medical City Plano transform from a 200-bed, small community hospital to a Level 1 Trauma Center with 493 beds. Haire is active in the community through various organizations, including the Collin County Children’s Advocacy Board, Collin County Nurse Advisory Committee, and PISD Career Advisory Committee.
The Plano Chamber will present the Innovator Award to Children’s Health Andrews Institute for Orthopedics and Sports Medicine. First presented in 2017, this award was created to celebrate innovation and inspire other business leaders to continuing pursuing new and creative ideas. Opened in 2015, Children’s Health Andrews Institute for Orthopedics and Sports Medicine is the only pediatric-focused orthopedic institute of its kind in the region. With the goal of keeping kids on the field and out of the operating room, this team of orthopedic surgeons, sports medicine physicians, athletic trainers, and performance dieticians serve as a resource to North Texas parents, coaches, and athletic trainers to help prevent injury.
The Plano Chamber is proud to award Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Plano with the Outstanding Corporate Citizen of the Year Award. Dedicated to providing compassionate, quality care to our community’s diverse population, Baylor Scott & White – Plano provided more than $7.5 million in unreimbursed costs of charity care and government-sponsored indigent care in fiscal year 2017. Additionally, the hospital participated in community benefit activities equating to $1.2 million in fiscal year 2017.  
In addition to their 10th anniversary, Minnie’s Food Pantry will also celebrate their recognition as Community Partner of the Year. The largest food pantry in Collin County, Minnie’s Food Pantry has provided over 7.4 million meals to families living in low income, food insecure households. The organization aims to reduce hunger by providing healthy meals, resources, and red-carpet treatment to families in need, while also bringing light to the issue of food insecurity.
The Small Business Persons of the Year are Kasey and Bill Hollon with PASCO Food Service Equipment and Sales. As President and Vice President, respectively, Kasey and Bill have led their team at Pasco for the past 30 years, growing their family-owned and operated company to supply kitchen equipment and supplies from 500 manufacturers to clients worldwide.
Michael Thomas with My Possibilities has been selected to receive the Rising Star Award, which recognizes a young professional (25-40 years old) whose professional success is matched by their commitment to serving the Plano community. Since joining My Possibilities as Executive Director in 2010, Thomas has led the organization’s growth from serving 30 adults each week to nearly 600 in 2018.
Join us as we celebrate these outstanding leaders on Thursday, November 1, 2018. Tickets and reserved tables are available at  

About the Plano Chamber of Commerce: Established in 1946, the Plano Chamber represents over 1,200 businesses and community organizations in Plano and the surrounding area. Accredited as a 5-Star Chamber by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and awarded 2018 Chamber of the Year, the Plano Chamber of Commerce is committed to maximizing business development and economic growth of the community through advocacy, education, innovation, and collaboration.
Jamee Jolly, President/ CEO
(972) 424-7547

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