KILLEEN — Amid a crowded room of more than 600 people, the Greater Killeen Chamber of Commerce’s 83rd annual membership banquet at the Killeen Civic and Conference Center Thursday night served to recognize notable residents and businesses from the community as well as Fort Hood and government officials.
After cocktail hour, a dinner was served before awards were presented.
The chamber’s 2016 Public Education Council’s Individual of the Year Award went to Carlyle Walton with Metroplex Health System, and the council’s Member of the Year Award went to Schlotzsky’s.
Russ Nelson of Lamar Advertising was awarded the “Welcome Council Member of the Year” title, and Lenna Barr with Kidz Therapeze won the Young Professional of the Year Award. The nonprofit of the year award went to the Killeen Branch of the NAACP.
The prestigious Roy J. Smith Award, which is given to one outstanding community member in the chamber each year, was awarded to Bill Kliewer, chairman of BKCW Insurance and Patriot Buick GMC.
The evening concluded with the night’s keynote speaker, retired Maj. Gen. Tony Cucolo, the University of Texas’s associate vice chancellor for leadership development and veterans affairs, who spoke about challenges associated with taking action in the face of an unknown future.
“If it’s one thing you should remember from my talk tonight, it’s that the status quo is comfortable — and dangerous,” Cucolo said.
Read more about the banquet in Saturday’s Killeen Daily Herald.
Abbey Sinclair is a Fort Hood military spouse.