Past Presidents announce 2012 Chamber Awards winners

Mexico native and lifelong resident Robby Miller has been chosen by the Past Presidents of the Mexico Area Chamber of Commerce to receive the Col. C.R. Stribling Jr. Community Service Award.
The honor will be presented at the Chamber's annual meeting and dinner auction Feb. 9 at the Knights of Columbus Hall.
The Stribling Community Service Award is the top presentation of the eight awards given during the evening. The social hour will begin at 5:30 p.m., with dinner to follow.
Miller, 47, is currently the president of Mexico Heating Company. He began working at Mexico Heating Company for his dad, Dudley Miller, at the young age of 14 and rode his bike to work after school to clean the shop. He later learned the trade by shadowing other employees such as Bill Claywell, Bill Black, Chuck Martin, Gary Songer and Dave Qualls, to name a few, as well as competing apprenticeship training.
Early on, Miller was onsite foreman for Biocraft Laboratories (now Teva), Women's Correctional Center in Vandalia, and Men's Maximum Security Prison in Jefferson City. More recent jobs he has been involved with include ADM, Missouri Military Academy, Audrain Medical Center, Spartan and Mizzou Arena.
Miller was born to Dudley Miller and Bonnie (Owings) Janssen. While growing up in Mexico, he attended Mrs. Gilman's Preschool, Haw-thorne Elementary School, Mexico Junior High School, Mexico High School and the University of Missouri.
He met his wife Cara riding the bus to the junior high school when she offered to share her seat with him. They imediately became good friends, later high school sweethearts and eventually married in 1986. They have two children – Erika, a junior Secondary Education major at the University of Missouri and Austin, a freshman Mechanical Engineering major at the University of Missouri.
Along with running the company and raising a family, Miller has filled many leadershp positions in the area. He was a charter members of the City of Mexico Recycling Committee that was assigned the task of implementing curbside recycling for the city. He was also a member of the Handi-Shop Board of Directors.
He served on the Mexico Optimist Youth League Board of Directors as well as being a baseball and softball coach for his children's summer teams. He is also a former president and board member of the Mexico Country Club Board of Directors.
Miller is a former president and board member of the Mexico Area Family YMCA Board of Directors. He was instrumental in developing the expansion vision for the YMCA and has stayed involved as a member of the steering committee.
Miller is actively involved with the Mexico Area Chamber of Commerce having previously served as treasurer, committee chairman and board member. He is currently president of the Mexico Rotary Club but has also held the offices of secretary/treasurer and president-elect. He is a member of the Mexico School Board and a board member for the Bulldog Booster Club. He is a past member of Lockewood Park Baptist Church, First Baptist Church and currently attends First Presbyterian Church.
Miller is also involved with the following professional organizations: vice president of Central Missouri Sheet Metal Association, Contractor's Representative and Chairman of Sheet Metal Worker's Local 36 Appeals Committee and board member of Central Missouri Contractor's and Local 36 Apprenticeship Committee.
In addition to the Col. C.R. Stribling Jr. Award, the following awards will be presented throughout the evening: President's Award to Jack Creason; G. Andy Runge Ambassador Award to Jill Molli; Civic Award, Ameren Missouri, Mexico office; Philanthropic Award, Ralph Roth Trust; E. Warner Williams Business Service Award, The Scrapbook Store and More; Excellence in Tourism, Paul Baum, Historical Coordinator for Walk Back in Time; Educator of the Year, Sara Given, Mexico High School.
Reservations for the event can be made through the chamber office and will be accepted through Jan. 28.
Anyone attending in honor of one of the award winner should let the office know, when the reservations are made, to be seated together.