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Carbondale hands out business awards

CARBONDALE – Hundreds of business owners, leaders and city officials honored a few individuals winning awards at Carbondale’s Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet Friday at the SIU Student Center.

The theme of the evening was Mari Gras Magic.

There were eight awards given out Friday to business leaders for their excellence in 2014.

The business of the year award in Carbondale was awarded to Wells Fargo Advisors at 1401 E. Financial Park Drive.

Barbara Blacklock, managing director of investments at Wells Fargo Advisors, said the company was delighted just to be in the group of contenders. 

"We have a wonderful group of individuals who have been in the community for a long time," she said. "We have over 280 years of experience in our group." 

She said the employees have worked and given back to the community while living in Carbondale and were happy to do so. 

The business leader of the year award went to Rex Budde, president and CEO of Southern Illinois Healthcare. SIH is one of the biggest employers in the region and has continued to increase its presence in Carbondale and surrounding areas.

Budde said while he appreciates the award, winning is a reflection of the success of the organization.

“I am blessed to work with about 3500 wonderful employees and great doctors every day,” he said. “I just try to provide a bit of direction and not mess anything up.”

SIH was also named the regional recipient of the Keep Art in Business Award.

Budde said he really likes the award because his organization recognizes that the environment matters when people are trying to get well.

“Having some art in the right place and a pleasant environment helps people and is important,” he said.

The local recipient of the award was Global Gourmet on 102 E Jackson St., in Carbondale.

The Young Professional of the Year Award winner was Joel Sambursky, founder and president of Liberty Wealth Management located at 2250 Reed Station Parkway.

The award goes to a business leader who is 40 years old or younger.

"I think it is extra special to be recognized for any accomplishment for any young age and I attribute that to SIU," he said. "It is extra special because in some way I feel it is a reflection on my company,my team and on SIU because they are equipping young folks with what they need when their days are done in Carbondale. 

Other awards given out at Friday’s banquet include:

  • Regional Business of the Year – Rendleman Orchards in Alto Pass, one of the longest-running, family owned businesses in Southern Illinois.
  • Presidents’ Service Award – Marcia Sinnott a retired school teacher and real estate agent, recognized for her service to the chamber, an honor chosen by the chamber’s most recent presidents.
  • Citizen of the Year – Dr. Marsha Ryan, Carbondale Surgeon, has prmoted the city at several civic organizations. She has also served on or supported multiple Carbondale-based groups.

Carbondale Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Les O’Dell said this has been a successful year for Carbondale in the business sector

“We have seen a lot of expansion, new startups and a lot of national chains,” he said. “I think it has been banner for businesses in Carbondale.”

dustin.duncan@thesouthern.com

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