KINGMAN – The 39th annual Andy Awards Dinner was held Monday evening at Beale Celebrations in downtown and hosted by the Kingman Area Chamber of Commerce.
In the spirit of hometown legend Andy Devine, the awards, in 11 categories, have honored individuals, organizations and businesses that have made significant contributions toward the betterment of the community since 1978.
The site of the event, Beale Celebrations, won for Most Improved Commercial Property. This category was open to any resident who has upgraded an existing nonresidential building, improving the area and increasing neighborhood property values.
“We’re very excited. It’s been a big project for (owner) Werner (Fleischmann),” said Jamie Taylor, manager of Beale Celebrations. “It’s great to have the recognition for all the work that went into restoring the building.
“We consider this a showcase for the historic downtown Kingman. We look at it as a challenge for other downtown buildings to improve their property. We’re trying to raise the bar for downtown Kingman,” Taylor said.
“I feel awesome about it,” said CEO Kevin Morgan from Axiom Construction, the company that renovated Beale Celebrations. “It’s pretty cool to have your fingerprints on something that has such a big impact.”
Morgan praised Fleischmann for his persistence, determination and vision.
In educational category awards, which was open to Kingman students in grades one through college, Kyle Julle was named Student of the Year.
William Pottenburgh was named Educator of the Year in a category that was open to any teacher, counselor, school administrator or member of the clergy who has established themselves as an outstanding role model for students and other educators.
The Lifetime Achiever award, given to a resident who has dedicated their life to the advancement of Kingman and its citizens, went to Dr. Attiya Salim.
The Citizen of the Year award, bestowed upon the person who has made a major contribution of time and energy toward improving the quality of life, was presented to Wesley K. Murphy.
Jason Millin won two awards: The Ambassador of the Year and Young Professional of the Year. The ambassador award was given to Millin for his representation and support of the chamber above and beyond the call of duty.
The young professional award was given to Millin for being under 30 years of age and exemplifying excellence, integrity and initiative in his profession and for being a business role model.
Rick Brannies and Lyman Watson tied for the Public Service Award, which was open to government employees, fire, police, sheriff, hospitals or any other industry that provides a service.
The Venture Club of Kingman won Organization of the Year, which recognized a nonprofit civic group that has made a concentrated effort through nature or a special project toward the betterment of Kingman.
Frontier Communications was recognized as Business of the Year. It was recognized for a Kingman business that has made a deliberate and focused effort, by its nature or through a specific project, toward the betterment of the city.
And Unisource Energy Services was recognized as Chamber Member of the Year, for representing and supporting the chamber beyond the call of duty.