President. Chairman. Commissioner. Commodore. Lion. Tail Twister.

President. Chairman. Commissioner. Commodore. Lion. Tail Twister.

All of these titles have been held by Bobby Heiser, according to Brad Kurz, who announced Heiser was the Hannibal Area Chamber of Commerce's 2018 Pacesetter.

As Chamber president, Kurz honored Heiser during the Chamber's annual meeting and banquet on Jan. 27 at the new Rialto Banquet Hall.

He said Heiser began working at his family's Crescent Jewelry store at age 7 and returned to the family business after his college career. The store was opened in 1842 and is now in its fifth generation.

Kurz said Heiser has led numerous local organizations, including the Lions Club, has been chairman of the Board of Public Works, an Eastern District Commissioner, commodore of the Boat Club and harbor commissioner at the marina before it was managed by the Parks and Recreation Department.

He was a founding member of the Y Men's Club, which hosts the mud volleyball tournaments, and is credited with the idea of organizing this club.

An emotional Heiser accepted the award, telling the Chamber members, “All I can say is all you have to do is love Hannibal.”

Earlier in the evening two Community Betterment awards were presented.

One was for the new PATCH health center, which is provided by the Hannibal Public Schools in partnership with Clarity Healthcare. It offers health care and counseling. The award was presented to School Superintendent Susan Johnson, along with Holly Griffen, Christy Power and Mark Conover of Clarity Healthcare.

A Community Betterment award was presented to Ken and Lisa Marks of the Hannibal History Museum for sponsoring the annual Big River Steampunk Festival, which has grown more successful each year.

The Chamber's Civic Contributor award for 2017 was won by the Jim O'Donnell of the fifth-generation James O'Donnell Funeral Home for its many years of sponsoring sports teams and numerous other Hannibal organizations and activities.

Curt and Kim Linderman, owners of Patriot Painting, received a New Business of the Year award for contributing to downtown improvements, both as a business and by donating their services.

Manager Clint Harris of Shoe Sensation also received a New Business of the Year award for helping with numerous local fund-raisers since the store opened in 2016. It also provided shoes for children and socks for military personnel.

Among individuals recognized were Lori Catalpa as Chamber Ambassador of the Year, and the Ambassador Team of the Year: Gloria Barber, Carl Brown, Guy East, Chad Ford, Sue Giroux, Mary Lynne Richards, Jacki Thurman and Janet Wells.

After Chamber Executive Director McKenzie Disselhorst explained the Chamber has voted to continue to have a president serve for a second year, she introduced President Brad Kurz. Additional officers are President-elect Rich Stilley and Treasurer Brandon Selle.

Kurz gave a high five to the Rialto Banquet Hall, Fiddlestiks for providing the banquet and Ken Disselhorst of the Lewis and Marion Counties Cattlemen's Association for providing the steaks for the banquet. He also praised McKenzie Disselhorst and Chamber Office Manager Sherri McGregor.

Kurz said “We need leaders who can see beyond the current year. Part of our mission as a Chamber is to recognize these folks who have a vision. The Chamber can provide support.”

Hannibal Mayor James Hark was among those appreciating the new Rialto, calling the appearance of the building amazing, explaining, “For someone who grew up in this community and remembers the previous uses of the property, to see what it has been transformed into is truly amazing.”

See photo gallery for more pictures of the Chamber meeting.

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