MIAMI— Lifelong Miamian Bill Osborn, who has followed in his father’s footsteps to become a successful pharmacist and community leader, was a double winner at the 10th annual Miami Regional Chamber of Commerce Awards Gala.
In addition to heading up the Business of the Year — Osborn Drug — he also was named the Impact Award winner.
The Impact Award is the MRCC’s top award and recognizes excellence in Ottawa County.
“It’s amazing what happens when you wife and your mother fill out the resume,” Osborn joked after being presented the award.
A multiple-award recipient during his business career, the former Wardog and NEO A&M and University of Oklahoma graduate, currently is president of the National Community Pharmacists Association.
“Miami has been blessed with lots of leaders; generations of leaders,” Osborn said. “Leaders that we’ve learned from, leaders today and leaders tomorrow.
“It’s a blessing to be here,” he said, mentioning his father, the late Willie Osborn, who launched Osborn Drugs Inc. in 1971.
“This is a real honor I cherish.”
Gary Crow was named the recipient of the Mark Rogers Volunteer of the Year Award for his work with the MRCC.
The award was named in honor of Rogers, a longtime chamber volunteer and advertising representative of the Miami News-Record, who died in January.
Other award winners were:
New Business of the Year — Opaa! Food Management
Small Business of the Year — Miller Pecan Company
Industry of the Year – JM Farms
Non-Profit of the Year – Oklahoma Emergency Response Team
Excellence in Education — Debbie Witten, Miami Public Schools
Other nominees for the various awards included Christy Jones Farmers Insurance and Goodfella’s Pizzeria, New Business of the Year; Sodexo and Security Bank and Trust, Business of the Year; PowerUp Rental and Metal Fab Trophy & Screen Printing, Small Business of the Year; Ceradyne: a 3A Company, Industry of the Year; Ottawa County Farmers Market and Child Advocates of Northeast Oklahoma, Non-Profit of the Year, and Lisa Frisbie, Northeast Tech, and Pat Creech, Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College.
More than 370 were on hand for the event, which was held at the Peoria Showcase inside Buffalo Run Casino Resort.