Members of the Farmington Regional Chamber of Commerce came together Friday evening at the Centene Center to recognize members of the community who had exemplified success in business and dedication in personal life.
The 2018 Daily Journal/Farmington Press Citizen of the Year, Paul Brockmiller, was presented his award by Farmington Press Managing Editor Shawnna Robinson.
Robinson briefly relayed the story of Brockmiller Construction — a company that was started in 1926 by Paul’s grandfather, Walter, and later run by his father, Don. Robinson said after the death of Don in 1987, Paul returned to run the family business.
Over the next 30 years, the company grew from $5 to $6 million a year in revenue and 10 to 15 employees to approximately $50 million a year and 85 to 100 on the payroll.
Robinson said because of Paul’s dedication to the company started by his grandfather, the Farmington community has benefited as a whole, with some properties having seen all three generations of Brockmillers working on them at some point in time.
“Paul, because of your contributions and dedication to helping in the growth of your hometown, the Daily Journal/Farmington Press presents you with the ‘Citizen of the Year’ Award,” Robinson said.
Several others were also recognized and awarded at the banquet.
Jaiden Grimes was awarded the Kiwanis Youth Leadership Award for 2018 for her dedication to organizing service efforts at Farmington High School.
Gil Kennon received the KREI/KTJJ 110 Percent Award for his service as a community educator in the region.
St. Francois County Clerk Mark Hedrick received the KFMO/B104 Super Service Award for his decades of work as a public servant in St. Francois County.
Kimberly Weakley received the St. Francois County Rotary Service Above Self Award for her work with parents as teachers and multiple other organizations from the local to state level.
The Froggy 96/KYLS Elite Service Award was presented to Jon Cozean, for a life dedicated to his family’s business, local history and educating others about the past.
Hunt’s Dairy Bar was awarded the Downtown Development Association’s Downtown Pride Award.
Krekeler Jewelers was awarded the chamber’s Tradition & Progress Award.
Pastor Bill Miller was presented with the chamber’s Lifetime Achievement Award for his decades of ministry in the Farmington community.
The night’s keynote speaker was John Wall, who used examples from his experience in the military and other work for the federal government to give the community leaders advice on how to fashion themselves into better leaders.