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Greater St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce names Citizen of the Year 


The Greater St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce has selected Mike Sommer as its 2017 Citizen of the Year.

Sommer is a graduate of Duchesne High and Saint Louis University. He is a certified public accountant and business owner of Sommer & Associates CPAs. He also is a guest lecturer at St. Charles Community College and has served as president, treasurer and director of the Francis Howell School District Board of Education. He is an active member of the Greater St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce and has served on its board of directors, executive board and as board chairman. Additionally, Sommer serves as the certified public accountant for the Mayor’s Charity Ball, and is an active member of the Rotary Club of St. Charles, Missouri Association of Tax Practitioners and the Missouri School Board Association. He serves as treasurer for the St. Charles County CrimeStoppers.

Along with Sommer, the chamber will recognize the following Lifetime Distinguished Service award recipients at a celebration to be held on Friday, Feb. 16 at Ameristar Casino Resort Spa:

Jerry Hollingsworth, broker and previous owner of St. Charles Insurance, will be honored for his civic leadership. Hollingsworth has served on the Board of Aldermen for the city of St. Peters since 1992 and is on the board of directors for Citizens National Bank, the Center for Autism Education and the Mid-East Area Agency on Aging.

Richard Baum, who worked to establish St. Charles’ Historic Landmarks Preservation and Architecture Review Board, will be honored for his cultural leadership. Baum also is active with Mosaics and the Festival for the Arts, and served as president of the Mosaics board in 2010.

Denise Liebel, president/CEO of United Services for Children, will be honored for her humanitarian leadership. United Services provides early intervention, pediatric therapy and developmental learning opportunities for young children in St. Charles County. Liebel is credited with continuing to seek new ways to provide enriching and inclusive opportunities for the community’s youngest citizens and their parents.

Keith McNames will be recognized as a chamber champion. McNames recently completed a six-year term on the board of directors and recently stepped down as co-chair of the public policy committee. He is an enthusiastic volunteer for the chamber’s Sip & Savor St. Charles County and Santa’s North Pole Dash events.

Tickets and corporate sponsorships are available by calling Wendy Rackovan at (636) 946-0633 or emailing wendy@GSTCCC.com.

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