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Business Briefs: Nov. 22


President/CEO Chuck Drury and members of the Drury family recently celebrated the grand opening of the newest hotel in St. Charles, the Drury Plaza Hotel, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Also present were city of St. Charles Mayor Sally Faith and representatives with the city of St. Charles, Cullinan Properties, and board members and ambassadors with the Greater St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce. Drury Plaza Hotel is a seven-story, 180-room facility located at 380 Mulholland Drive at the Streets of St. Charles.

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New Country 92.3 WIL recently was awarded the 2017 Station of the Year award in the major market category from the Country Music Association [CMA]. This is the first CMA Station of the Year award win for locally operated Hubbard Radio.

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Primrose School of St. Charles ground-breaking ceremony.

Owners Jamie and Vincent Ovlia marked the start of construction on Primrose School of St. Charles with a ground-breaking ceremony. Joining them were St. Peters Mayor Len Pagano, members of the St. Peters Board of Aldermen, St. Charles County Rep. Molly Dempsey, architects and general contractors from Arco, and ambassadors with the Greater St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce. Primrose School of St. Charles will be located at 1001 Heritage Crossing, at the corner of Heritage Crossing and Route 364 in St. Peters. The school is part of a national system of accredited private preschools.

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1st Financial Federal Credit Union recently presented a check for $643, and five employees volunteered a total of 40 hours, to Connections to Success, a local nonprofit organization that provides services and support to break the cycle of poverty. 1st Financial created the Helping People 1st grant to assist nonprofit organizations that are focused on housing, financial literacy, job training and educational efforts in the St. Louis area.




St. Charles-based SITE Improvement Association has promoted Leah Behlmann to director of membership services. In her new role, she will be responsible for managing all member recruitment activities, meetings, communications, conferences and social events, as well as SITE’s social media channels, website and weekly EZ Bid program. Behlmann has worked at SITE for five years, starting as an administrative assistant and most recently as coordinator of member activities. She holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from Southeast Missouri State University.

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Lewis Rice announced that St. Peters native Maikieta A. Brantley has joined the firm as an associate. Brantley will complete rotations in the estate planning and litigation departments. She earned her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Missouri School of Law and spent one summer with Lewis Rice, during which she received a Missouri Lawyers Weekly’s Leaders of Tomorrow Award.

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St. Peters resident Daniel T. Bloomfield has joined Midwest BankCentre’s Chesterfield branch as a senior vice president of commercial lending. He has 29 years of commercial banking experience, is an associated Certified Commercial Investment Member and is active in Progress 64 West. He earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration and economics at Tarkio College.

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Susan Mathis, chief executive officer of CenterPointe Hospital, recently was awarded a Beyond the Best Award. For 25 years, she has held behavioral health senior leadership positions, and is regarded as an innovative and effective leader and change agent. Mathis previously served as CenterPointe’s chief operating officer prior to her appointment as CEO in January 2016. She holds both a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Saint Louis University. Mathis is an adjunct faculty member at Maryville University, Goldfarb College of Nursing and UMSL. She also is a member of the Maryville University School of Nursing Advisory Board.


A Leads at the Lake event takes place from 8:30-9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 22 at Village Cafe, 6127 Ronald Reagan Drive in Lake Saint Louis. For more information, contact Greg Waters greg.waters@edwardjones.com or Shannon Troupe at shannon.troupe@pnc.com.

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The Western St. Charles Chamber of Commerce hosts Lunch and Leads from noon-1 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 27 at Rizzo’s Bar & Grill, 1155 Wentzville Parkway. Members and non-members are welcome. There is no fee; individuals pay for their own lunch. For more information, contact Tony Mathews at info@westernstcharlescountychamber.com.

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O’Fallon Chamber of Commerce & Industries holds a monthly Membership Luncheon from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 28 at Whitmoor Country Club, 1100 Whitmoor Drive in St. Charles. The featured speaker is Chris Egelston, who will present “7 Secrets for Engaging Prospects and Customers.” Contact Cathy Bounds at (636) 240-1818 for more information. Registration includes lunch; $20 in advance, $25 after Nov. 24.

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The Greater St. Charles Chamber of Commerce hosts its Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 5 at Whitmoor Country Club, 1100 Whitmoor Drive in St. Charles. $25 for chamber members [register by Dec. 1 to receive $5 off] and $35 for guests. Contact Lori Tainter at lori@gstccc.com for more information.

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