OBA awards 2021


Clockwise from top left: Freddie Stoffregen, Lisa Wester, and Allen Stoffregen of Blount County Tractor (Business of the Year); employees of St. Vincent’s Blount (Organization of the Year); Bill Hendrickson (Volunteer of the Year); Chef Valentin Sanchez and Yasmin Ortiz, daughter of owner Jose Ortiz, of Mio Sogno Ristorante (Emerging Business of the Year); Mayor Richard Phillips (Citizen of the Year); Lisa Wester with Tre Evans (VolunTeen of the Year); and Mark Gargus and Mike Gordon (“Light the Town” volunteers). -Patti Williams | OBA

Clockwise from top left: Freddie Stoffregen, Lisa Wester, and Allen Stoffregen of Blount County Tractor (Business of the Year); employees of St. Vincent’s Blount (Organization of the Year); Bill Hendrickson (Volunteer of the Year); Chef Valentin Sanchez and Yasmin Ortiz, daughter of owner Jose Ortiz, of Mio Sogno Ristorante (Emerging Business of the Year); Mayor Richard Phillips (Citizen of the Year); Lisa Wester with Tre Evans (VolunTeen of the Year); and Mark Gargus and Mike Gordon (“Light the Town” volunteers). -Patti Williams | OBA

Oneonta Business Association presented its annual awards to businesses and community members who have made a significant impact within the city over the past year. Thirty-six entities were nominated and the top three nominees in each category were asked to provide information about themselves, as well as supporting documentation. The information was then transmitted to judges in the Mobile Bay area and winners were selected for Emerging Business of the Year, Organization of the Year, Edwards-Shaddix Citizen of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, Business of the Year, and VolunTeen Scholarship Award.

This year the OBA also honored two individuals for their professional leadership in the installation of the LED “Light the Town” system that illuminates the rooftop perimeters of downtown and is now expanding to other parts of the city. The project began in 2019 after the city removed the existing system that had been donated by Glenn Glaze 25 years prior. The incandescent and deteriorated system was costly to maintain. OBA did not have a banquet last year due to COVID-19 concerns preventing the timely recognition of the duo in 2020.