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March 26, 2014

Chamber award winners named

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"I'm very surprised and very honored," said Smith. "Volunteers are needed for everything but we're blessed here in that when something does start there's a mile of people behind me that didn't get any recognition and very deserving of this."

Smith said volunteering his time at the homeless shelter was a learning experience.

"When this came along, I thought this would be something I could put my skills to work. The need for the project actually grew with the project. My involvement was simply to manage it. By the time the project was completed, I got educated and I could see the real need and the plight of homelessness. I hope it continues be important to the community and region," he added.

Flanigan is an attorney for Black, Hedin, Ballard, McDonald PC. His expertise is in oil and gas leases and the estate and corporate field.

"I'm very thankful for the award and happy to represent the very fine young professionals in our community," he said.

Flanigan has served on boards for CASA, United Way, Mt. Vernon Township High School, Jefferson County Bar Association, Baptist Children's Home, and Rend Lake College Foundation. He is a founding member of I Love Orphans, a non-profit organization that built and maintains and orphanage in Uganda.

Flanigan is the second recipient of the Young Professional of the Year, following the inaugural recipient Bria Ashby, who said of Flanigan's selection, "I am certain anyone who knows Matt, either professionally or personally, would agree he is most deserving of this award. I'm honored to call him a colleague and friend."

Beck was the owner, president and CEO of Beck Bus Transportation for 37 years. He has served on many board and councils, among them, Director and Chairman of the Carl L. Schweinfurth Foundation, Mt. Vernon City Schools District 80 Foundation, Mt. Vernon Township High School Board of Education, and Mt. Vernon Police and Fire Commission.

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