Richard Akin and Monteene McCoy were the recipients of the Man of the Year and Woman of the Year awards Tuesday night at the Monticello-Drew County Chamber of Commerce and Monticello Economic Development Commission’s annual awards banquet.
Akin, who purchased and renovated several buildings on the east side of the town square in the mid 1990s, did the same in 2011 when he acquired a pair of buildings on the south side of the square, thereby improving the appearance of downtown Monticello.
McCoy, a retired school teacher and a Lay Speaker, was selected for her service as the mission coordinator for the Southeast District United Methodist Women and her volunteer service to Drew Memorial Hospital where she is a member of the hospital’s auxiliary.
Industry of the Year honors went to Eagle Forest Services GeoTechnologies, a Monticello-based business that collects and processes high-resolution digital aerial imagery and provides geographic information solutions to clients across the United States. The award was presented to company president Glen Dabney.
Business of the Year honors went to Monticello Live, an online news web site owned an operated by Joe Burgess.
The Monticello-Drew County Chamber of Commerce’s board of directors selected the man and woman of the year and the business of the year, while the Monticello Economic Development Commission selected the Industry of the Year.
Educator of the Year awards went UAM faculty members James Crow and Dr. Laura Evans with the University of Arkansas at Monticello’s School of Nursing; Sheila Hall Gardner, Drew Central Middle School librarian who has been a Southeast Arkansas educator for 33 years; and Kim Wilson, a visual arts teacher at Monticello High School who was recently named Arkansas Teacher of the Year. The Educators of the Year were selected by the schools where they are employed.