Feb 20, 2021 4:17 AM

Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce presents annual awards

Posted Feb 20, 2021 4:17 AM
Neil Horton
Neil Horton

Neil Horton was selected 2020 Lud Fiser Citizen of the Year during Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Meeting at Manhattan Conference Center, Feb. 19.

The Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year award is named in honor of long-tenured former Manhattan Chamber president Lud Fiser, who served from 1948 to 1975 and was responsible for such community developments as CiCo Park and Manhattan Industrial Park.

In announcing the award, Neil was recognized for a number of initiatives over the past year including service on the Business Advocacy Committee, GMEP Advisory Board and Economic Development Committee. In that capacity, Horton served as the chair of the Advance MHK initiative that helped secure the necessary support to pass the City of Manhattan economic development sales tax in November.

Neil is the 52nd recipient of the Lud Fiser Citizen of the Year award.

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Jeff Sackrider
Jeff Sackrider

Jeff Sackrider was recognized as the 2020 Young Professional the Year during Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Meeting at Manhattan Conference Center on Friday. 

Sackrider is the first recipient of the Young Professional of the Year award. He has been an engaged member of the Greater Manhattan Community for more than 20 years through his work with WTC, as well as extensive community service and leadership. In his role as Customer Sales Consultant in WTC’s Manhattan office he actively purses new sales opportunities, assists current clients, and represents WTC at Manhattan Chamber and other community events. In WTC’s short time in the Manhattan market, Jeff has been a part of a team effort resulting in more than 800 new business clients to their newly constructed fiber optic network.

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Lucy Williams
Lucy Williams

Lucy Williams was recognized as the 2020 C. Clyde Jones Volunteer of the Year during Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Meeting at Manhattan Conference Center, Feb. 19.

In addition to numerous volunteer activities both in the community and at the Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce, it has been her long service to the Chamber’s Business Advocacy Committee — and its predecessor, the Public Affairs Committee — that is the basis for this selection, according to 2020 MACC Chair Larie Schoap. Lucy Williams has been instrumental in helping to shape the Chamber’s public policies for a number of years, Schoap added.

The Chamber’s volunteer of the year award honors C. Clyde Jones, a 60-year Manhattan resident who served as first dean of Kansas State University’s College of Business. Jones has a long-running record of community service activity in Manhattan, to include Shepherd’s Crossing.

Williams is the 32nd recipient of the C. Clyde Jones Volunteer of the Year award.