Linda Weppner named recipient of the Person of the Year during the Greater Cheyenne Chamber of Commerce Banquet Awards presented by Halladay Motor Subaru.
Finalists were celebrated on Friday, March 15th and winners were revealed throughout the evening. The event was made possible by an array of sponsors, including Silver Sponsors; ANB Bank, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Wyoming, Element Church and Long Reimer Winegar, LLP. The Awards Banquet was filled with surprises.
The most prestigious award of the evening was the Person of the Year Award. Last year’s recipient, Tucker Fagan did the honors of unveiling the 2018 Person of the Year. Linda Weppner. Professionally, Linda has owned her own business, Century 21 Bell Real Estate since 1980. She also serves to pass on her success as an instructor for the real estate industry. Linda is an approved instructor by the WY Association of Realtors for Ethics I & II and numerous other subjects.
Linda has served on the Women’s Civic League of Cheyenne since 1976, various Boards include the Greater Cheyenne Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. She has not only served the business community but also those less fortunate through the Realtor Family Fund Coordinator and the Canned Food Drive.
Another award recipient of the evening who wasn’t expecting an award, was Mayor Marian Orr. Mayor Orr was recognized for her work with making the City of Cheyenne more business friendly and focused on economic advancement. She was named the 2018 Business Advocate.
Additionally, the Forward Greater Cheyenne was named the Committee of the Year. This group was assembled in 2017 and is comprised of various community stakeholders and economic development agents. They united to assess solutions for economic advancement. Co-Chairs, Brian Heitoff from High West Energy and Mike Williams of Jonah Bank of Wyoming, accepted the award on behalf of the Forward Greater Cheyenne Steering Committee Members.
Six other categories were celebrated and included:
CHAMBER SPIRIT: Chamber Spirit Award Finalists are individuals that are highly engaged in the Greater Cheyenne Chamber of Commerce and our community. They demonstrate leadership and are strong ambassadors of the business community.
Jena Horsley, Spectrum Reach
Dennis Humphrey, Capitol Roofing, Inc.
Denise Newell, Central Bank & Trust
Linda Weppner, Century 21 Bell Real Estate
Tracy Wilson, Century 21 Bell Real Estate
EMERGING LEADER: Nominees are highly ambitious young professionals who are instrumental in the Cheyenne community, the Chamber and other community organizations. Young professionals must be 35 and under.
Jess Ryan, The Compass Wealth Group
Tate Bauman, 307 Hospitality
Kirsten Malm, First American Title
COMMUNITY SERVICE: The Community Service Award Finalists are businesses that make a difference through outstanding initiatives and contributions. They kindheartedly put others first, and are businesses who support charitable organizations.
Western Vista Credit Union
Christine Kronz Photographer, LLC
Spradley Barr Motors
NON-PROFIT: Non-profit of the Year Award Finalists are businesses that make a difference through outstanding initiatives and contributions, kindheartedly put others first, and must be classified as a non-profit.
Coats for Kids
Boys & Girls Club of Cheyenne
Cheyenne Little Theatre Players
K9s 4 Mobility
LARGE BUSINESS: The Large Business Finalists have made a great impact on the Cheyenne area with their specialized services and are engaged in the Cheyenne Community.
Mechanical Systems, Inc.
RECCO dba 5R Construction
West Edge Collective
SMALL BUSINESS: The Small Business Award Finalists exemplify a strong entrepreneurial spirit and provide a unique culture for our community. (Business cannot exceed a total of 10 employees).
Livin’ Well Family Chiropractic
Annually nominations for the Annual Banquet Awards are collected during the month of January. Be sure to look for the opportunity to nominate those who are deserving of these accolades!