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Texas City-La Marque Chamber of Commerce
News Release
Thursday, January 18, 2018

Texas City-La Marque Chamber of Commerce announces award winners
at the 48th Annual Membership & Awards Banquet

Texas City, Texas - The Texas City-La Marque Chamber celebrated their 48th Annual Membership Banquet with a “Carneval” featuring entertainment and awards.

2017 Chairman, Jay Carnes, Carnes Funeral Home, passed the gavel to the 2018 Chairman, Pete Dunn Jr., Dunn Heat Exchangers. We had the installation of the 2018 Chamber officers and directors, 2017 Leadership Mainland graduates received their plaques, as well as naming the Citizen of the Year, Small Business of the Year, and the Jimmy Hayley Community Service Award. Award recipients were as follows:

“Outstanding Citizen of the Year”
Perry O’Brien

The Outstanding Citizen Award recognizes and honors individuals who strive toward the highest level of professional accomplishments and community volunteerism. Anyone who excels in their chosen profession, has devoted significant time and energy to improve the community’s quality of life and has provided leadership to assist others in becoming involved in the community. Perry O’Brien is the epitome of what this award stands for. Perry truly puts others above himself. His work ethic and character make all of his efforts flawless.


Perry takes great pride in making others look good, from his friends to his community and family. Active in St. Mary of the Miraculous Medal Catholic Church, he facilitates life changing ACTS retreats. Perry has made a lasting contribution to the Texas City Museum by enabling the civil war cannon to be located in that facility, and that was no small endeavor.

When asked even obscure favors, Perry thoughtfully thinks through what the goal and intended results will be before saying “yes”. When asked to provide a Servant Leadership topic at the Chamber breakfast this year, Perry delivered a thought provoking speech that gave the audience the desire to give just a little bit more to their fellow man.

From assisting with the airplane installation at Bay Street Park to inspiring other community members, Perry has been serving this area for many years. In addition, he is a dedicated family leader for the O’Brien family and business leader as the President of Domac, Inc. a family owned business since 1966.

“Jimmy Hayley Community Service Award”
Shawn Bailey

The Jimmy Hayley Community Service Award is presented this evening to a community leader – a living example of community partner. Persons being nominated for this award will have consistently demonstrated qualities of compassion, and service to organizations and a variety of volunteer activities over the years.

Shawn doesn’t often know the word “no”.  Whether chairing an event or running a board meeting, Shawn has the same committed level of involvement.  When called upon, he rolls up his sleeves and becomes the number 1 supporter, organizer and idea man for whatever worthy cause he takes on. 

So many have benefitted from his keen leadership style – Hope Village, Independence Village, of course, the Chamber and surrounding area Chambers, United Way, Young Professionals, Communities in School, Perry YMCA – and the list goes on and on.  Shawn has, not only insight, but also energy and never asks for anyone to do work that he isn’t willing to do himself. 

His Irish wit and bold ideas are assets that make for great partnerships and we are all blessed to have Shawn to call upon.

“Legend Award”
Ron Plackemeier

Ron Plackemeier truly has upheld the term “Legend”. Ron will be deeply missed in our community. He was highly respected and was constantly called upon in the community to organize and participate in events that recognized and supported the needs of others.

“He added energy everywhere he went and the people who knew him know exactly what I mean by that,” Texas City Mayor Matt Doyle said. “He was larger than life.”

“He was an attorney by trade, but really more of a counselor and friend,” Doyle said. “He knew there was more than one way to solve a problem or answer a question and was always open to that discussion. He was a dear friend of mine, a dear friend of a lot of people.”

He would gladly risk losing a bet at his own expense knowing that those in need would benefit. In 1998, he received the Leslie Hayley Community Service Award; Ron was the past president of the Texas City-La Marque Chamber of Commerce, past president of the Optimist Club of Texas City, past board member and chairman of the Bay Area Council Boy Scouts of America, board member of Hospice and member of the Rotary Club of Texas City, where he was a Paul Harris Fellow.

Additionally, Ron served in his capacity as legal counsel for numerous civic groups and non-profit organizations such as the Galveston County Emergency Commutations District and Hope Village. 

Throughout Ron's life he reached out to and included others, never asking for anything in return. His leadership, generosity and friendship is his legacy. He will be missed but the memories will live forever.

“Phoenix” Award
Chris Doyle

What could be more significant when considering revitalization, rebuilding and rebirth than the phoenix? With that symbol in mind, the Texas City-La Marque Chamber proudly presents the Phoenix Award to Chris Doyle.

For decades, the Salvation Army in Texas City has provided a helping hand to people in need. The charity needed help after two recent fires, including one which destroyed the Salvation Army Chapel on Texas Avenue. Chris has been involved in the Salvation Army for a number of years and has most recently led the current campaign to rebuild the Texas City Corps center.

He worked with numerous other members of the committee after hundreds of asks, proposals and presentations to reach the campaign goal, which included a $1.5 million grant from the Moody Foundation and a $500,000 matching grant from the Mabee Foundation. Chris is currently working closely with Captains Patrick and Jennifer Jones and Salvation Army leadership on the design of the new Moody Family Corps Community Center planned in Texas City on Emmett F. Lowry Expressway with a completion target of Fall 2018. The $6 million goal was reached.

He was named “ Champion of Hope” for his dedication to providing hope in Galveston County through selfless and tireless service to the community.

He was instrumental in the consolidation of the Texas City and Galveston Corps into a Regional Coordinate with a combined board and budget and is currently leading the board in developing a Strategic Plan.

“Business of the Year”
Texas City
Cook Ford,
Kedge Cook, owner

 The first thing you should know about Cook Ford is that they are dedicated to satisfying their customers and building long lasting relationships. This is true from the moment you walk in for the first time and they hand you the keys to your new Ford or used car.

Cook Ford has been the fastest growing Ford dealership in the Houston Region over the last three years.

Cook Ford was the top selling new vehicle dealer in Ford’s Select Dealer Region (SDR) nationwide and was also #1 in retail parts sales as well.

Specializing in fleet service work and diesel truck service work, Cook Ford will be undergoing a substantial remodel and expansion in 2018 to expand their service department and refresh the exterior.

“Business of the Year”
La Marque
Team Mancuso Powersports South, Phillip Orange, Owner

Team Mancuso Powersports South is a premier powersports dealer in La Marque, Texas, serving the greater Houston area. They specialize in new and used motorcycles, ATVs, scooters, watercraft, UTVs, choppers and cruisers from Can-Am, Sea-Doo, Silver Wave, Suzuki, Honda, Honda Power Equipment, Polaris, Polaris Slingshot , and more.

They are now officially in their brand new 75,000 square foot building /showroom at 4801 Gulf Freeway, La Marque, Texas, just one exit North of their previous location. They have great people, great prices and great service, but with more room to serve you!

Team Mancuso Powersports South is building lasting relationships with their partners and employees while serving the recreational and travel community in Galveston County. Their core values are based on Honesty and Integrity and Service to the Community.

“Rising Star” Award
Dr. Warren Nichols
President, College of the Mainland

The Rising Star award is intended to recognize an emerging leader whose record reflects ongoing and exceptional growth in contribution to the profession and increased levels of leadership and responsibility in the community.

Dr. Warren Nichols has had no trouble making a great impression on this community during 2017. Being named President of College of the Mainland in February, presented an opportunity for Dr. Nichols to get to know the area and community, and he has not taken the challenge lightly. He has demonstrated in every way that he is part of and committed to our community and college, as he engages with everyone and constantly searches for ways the college and community can be innovative partners. Dr. Nichols has been at every community event, meeting and gathering possible. He serves as a Board member of the Texas City-La Marque Chamber of Commerce and has not sat idly. He has served at the Servant Leadership Breakfast, Shrimp Boil, spoken to the Golden Division, worked with Texas City ISD on new programs and collaborations.

He has taken College of the Mainland to the next level and invoked a true sense of confidence from the College of the Mainland service area.

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