Jean Callison Receives Top Honors at Plano Chamber’s 2021 Best of Plano Event

Jean Callison Receives Top Honors at Plano Chamber’s 2021 Best of Plano Event
 
Plano, TX - December 20, 2021 - The Plano Chamber of Commerce celebrated its Best of Plano honorees with an awards ceremony on Thursday, December 9, 2021 held at North Texas Performing Arts (NTPA) Plano. The hybrid event hosted award recipients, their guests, and sponsors in person at NTPA Plano with an at-home audience tuning into the livestream hosted on the Plano Chamber’s YouTube channel.
 
Sponsored by Medical City Plano, this annual event shines a light on the contributions of our community’s leading businesses, professionals, and community leaders. Each year, previous Best of Plano award recipients gather to select the new class of honorees who exemplify servant leadership, innovation, and business success.
 
“It was an honor to witness the work with of many innovative leaders in the Plano business community,” stated Plano Chamber President & CEO, Kelle Marsalis.
 
“The past two years have allowed our community to rise to the challenges put forth and this is our opportunity to take time to appreciate the individuals and businesses that make Plano a driving force in business, and an even better place to live. Our city continues to flourish in large part because of the efforts of our honorees.”
 
The Plano Chamber’s top honor, Citizen of the Year, was awarded to Jean Callison in recognition of her decades of dedicated service to the Plano community. Her leadership has impacted countless local organizations, including Hendrick Scholarship Foundation, Plano ISD Education Foundation, Women’s Auxiliary to Children’s Medical Center Plano, Plano Youth Leadership, National Charity League’s Plano Chapter, Young Men’s Service League’s Plano Chapter, Junior League of Collin County, and Assistance Center of Collin County.
 
As Chair for Plano Education Foundation’s SKI Plano and Children’s Health’s Legacy of Love events, Callison led the charge to raise more than $200,000 for each organization. Callison is also the creator and founder of Plano ISD Education Foundation’s CORE Store, which helps students succeed by equipping teachers with donated classroom resources.
 
“To be recognized by the Plano Chamber of Commerce as 2021 Citizen of the Year is gratifying,” stated Callison. “I am honored to be included in a long line of leaders that I admire and respect. I'm extremely grateful to live in a community where so many contribute so much.”
 
In addition to Citizen of the Year, the Plano Chamber presented the following awards at Best of Plano to an outstanding list of local business leaders, including:
  • ATHENA Award - Jan Rugg
  • Community Partner of the Year - Lovepacs Plano
  • Outstanding Corporate Citizen of the Year - Children’s Medical Center Plano
  • Innovator Award - City of Plano
  • Small Business Person of the Year - Misty Hoyt
  • Business Executive of the Year - Lissa Smith
  • Rising Star Award - Dylan Rafaty
For the second year, the Best of Plano event also recognized the Leadership Plano program’s Distinguished Leadership Award recipient. This year, the recognition was presented to Dr. Raj Menon whose service includes Board Trustee for Collin College, Board Chair of Atlanta Housing Foundation, and Board President of Plano Symphony Orchestra to name a few.
 
The Plano Chamber would like to thank our sponsors, including Presenting Sponsor Medical City Plano, for their support of this exciting and inspirational community event. Nominations will be accepted starting in the spring for Best of Plano 2022. For more information, visit planochamber.org.  
 
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About the Plano Chamber of Commerce: Established in 1946, the Plano Chamber represents over 800 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.


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