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O’Fallon Chamber Honors Outstanding 2017 Businesses and Leaders

The O’Fallon Chamber of Commerce & Industries has announced its 2017 Annual Award winners in the categories of Small Business of the Year, Business of the Year, Large Business of the Year, Community Servant of the Year, and the Sue Proost Person of the Year.

The Glass Guru of O’Fallon has been named as the Small Business of the Year, for their exemplary customer service and growing customer base. Owner Gregg Merkel opened the company in 2014 and in that time, has served over 1,800 homes and businesses.

Gregg Merkel has also been named the 2017 O’Fallon Chamber Ambassador of the Year. He is known for going above and beyond to share his insights and support fellow Chamber members and business owners. Merkel has served as an Ambassador for two years and as a Co-Chair of the 2017 Membership Drive.

Honored as the Business of the Year is Baue Funeral Homes. As a centerpiece in the O’Fallon area, Baue Funeral Homes continues to go above and beyond by offering community programs such as the Hospice Caregiver Award, Silver and Gold Club, and Grief Support.

True Manufacturing was honored as the 2017 Large Business of the Year for their continued excellence, investment in the community through employment and physical expansion, as well as their key involvement and dedication to Manufacturing Day and skilled-trade workforce initiatives.

The Community Servant of the Year goes to an organization whom not only supports the person and the family, but advocates and researches to create a better tomorrow. The O’Fallon Chamber is proud to honor the Alzheimer’s Association as its Community Servant of the Year. The Alzheimer’s Association is more than support for patients, families, and the medical community. It is an organization that offers a wide variety of resources, including legal advice, information, research, and advocacy, so that families and patients facing the disease have a trusted partner on their side. In St. Charles County, the annual 2017 Walk to End Alzheimer’s generated $455,000.

The Sue Proost O’Fallon Chamber Person of the Year was awarded to someone who has a proven track record of community service and leadership. This year’s winner is Greg Kinder. As the former owner of Autotech Auto Center, Greg put programs in place to donate to toy drives, Soldier Supply drives, and food drives. He also donated auto repair services to families in need of reliable transportation. As a retiree, Kinder has continued that service by volunteering at his church, the Salvation Army, Habitat for Humanity Restore, and serving as a Director for the O’Fallon Chamber of Commerce & Industries.

Congratulations to all of these deserving honorees. For more information about the O’Fallon Chamber of Commerce, call 636-240-1818 or visit

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