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Mayor Faith Presented Annual Business Awards on May 7, 2013

Release date: 5/10/2013

Front row (left to right) – Coy Reeves, sitting in for Bryan Jefferson of The SOHO Shop; Carol Hurst, Olde Town Spice Shoppe; Jeannie Dickherber, CertaPro Painters of St. Charles County; John Clark, Masterclock; and Mayor Sally Faith. Back row (left to right) – Eddie Barron, Chamber Board Chairman; Scott Tate, Chamber President/CEO; Alan Dickherber, CertaPro; and Fred Megargel, Brown Smith Wallace.

Four St. Charles Area Businesses Receive Employer of the Year Awards
Mayor Faith bestows 2013 honors for service, manufacturing/industrial, and retail…
with a fourth award named in memory of the late Jack Heck.

St. Charles, MO – Mayor Sally Faith bestowed Employer of the Year honors on four St. Charles area businesses during the May 7 general membership meeting of the Greater St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce held at the Heart of St. Charles.

     “It is an honor to recognize the successful efforts of local business owners in our community,” said Mayor Faith.  “These companies make significant investments in the city of St. Charles, and as employers provide their staff a wide range of support and benefits.  In addition,” Faith added, “these local businesses have made generous commitments to paying it forward through contributions to various charitable and civic organizations.  Their strides are commendable and set an example worth emulating, which is exactly why each of these businesses is deserving of this recognition.”

     St. Charles annually presents the Employer of the Year award in the categories of service, manufacturing/industrial, and retail.  In 2011, a fourth category was added to the line-up entitled the Jack Heck Award, recognizing a business that demonstrates the spirit of community outreach and family values.  The 2013 honorees are:

Service – Bill Willbrand
Brown Smith Wallace, 1520 South Fifth Street, Suite 309 (63303) – 636-754-0200
The company, now firmly positioned at the city’s front door, recently relocated to its new office space at Streets of St. Charles, with its St. Louis office to join the relocation effort later this month due to a continued increase in its employee base (some 200 staff members overall, with some 20 employees located in St. Charles). 
     The company’s core purpose is:  To create and preserve wealth by providing innovative solutions.  They operate by six measurable differences:  1) to provide more than just a good ROI, 2) to look for hidden value 3) to uncover solutions, 4) to bridge gaps and form relationships, 5) to be accessible, and 6) to provide the ultimate guarantee, which is to strive to provide the greatest value for the services provided. 
     Even during an economic downturn, the company continued to experience organic growth, which included a revenue increase by more than 12 percent in 2012.  Brown Smith Wallace has enjoyed exponential growth over the last decade, given the company’s revenues quadrupled between 2000 and 2010. 
     Employees who excel and contribute to the company’s growth receive promotional opportunities twice a year, along with annual bonus opportunities.  The company supports a number of charitable efforts, including Ronald McDonald House and Habitat for Humanity. 
     In addition, the company offers an internal Day of Caring, whereby employees are given one day off on an annual basis to work at the local charity of their choice.  At the company’s annual holiday dinner, employees contribute money or provide toys for selected charities in lieu of gift giving amongst the rank and file.  Employees are encouraged to participate in community events and serve on various boards, both civic and charitable, in an effort to give of their time and talents and help other organizations succeed in the community.

Manufacturing/Industrial  -- John Clark
Masterclock, 2484 West Clay Street (63301) – 636-724-3666
Masterclock manufactures precision timing systems and displays, which underscores this local company’s philosophy that time synchronization is crucial in today’s world.  The company has been in business for 19 years, and employs 26 people for the purpose of providing precision time management and delivery solutions for thousands of satisfied customers worldwide. 
     The company manufacturers high-quality, cost-effective master clock and precise time solutions for clocks, computers, networks, and other devices.  Masterclock engineers and builds synchronized digital and analog clocks used by large corporations, universities, sports teams, broadcasters, law enforcement and the military.  These clocks maintain their extraordinary precision by receiving signals from GPS satellites circling the Earth and other sources of accurate time.    
     According to John Clark, owner, 2012 was the company’s most successful year to date having surpassed 2011 sales goals and objectives by more than 50 percent.  “We’ve managed to not only survive, but thrive as a local manufacturer,” said Clark, “while the exodus of manufacturing continues throughout this country.” 
     The company recognizes employee performance through monetary rewards as well as opportunities for staff members to travel around the world as they participate in business conventions and trade shows.  The company’s local charity of choice is the Boys and Girls Club, and Masterclock as a company and its staff also supports Rotary Club events and activities in St. Charles. 
     The company is known to donate clocks for use in various philanthropic endeavors, and most recently donated two precision Masterclocks at St. Charles City Hall – one for use in the City Council chambers on the 4th floor, and another proudly on display in the first floor lobby for all to see and experience.

Retail – Carol Hurst
Olde Town Spice Shoppe, 334 South Main Street (63301) – 636-916-3600
At the Olde Town Spice Shoppe, the daily motto is “Make Life Delicious.”  According to Carol Hurst, owner, she employs three part-time staff members, who have been with the shop for a collective 63 years!  What a true testimony to the store’s mission to enhance their customers’ meals and provide an outstanding customer service experience. 
     Staff members receive holiday pay, paid birthdays and paid vacation time.  Carol also offers surprise bonuses and gifts throughout the year along with a year-end Christmas bonus.  The company enjoyed double-digit sales growth in 2012, and has experienced increased sales for every year the shop has been in business, since opening in 1982. 
     “We have invested revenue gains by reinvesting in our community with exterior and interior remodeling and by hiring local construction companies,” said Hurst.  “Since my husband John and I live above the store, all of our disposable income is spent right here in St. Charles.  We are 100 percent hometown!” 
     The Olde Town Spice Shoppe has supported the St. Charles OASIS food bank for more than six years.  They contribute over $5,000 annually to local, charitable fundraisers in the form of donations for raffles and trivia nights.  Carol and her team also play an active role in the St. Charles Christmas Traditions festival, and for the first time in 2012, hosted Gingerbread House-making classes. 
     The Spice Shoppe recycles extensively in an effort to minimize the store’s carbon footprint.  They recycle all of their product waste materials, including cardboard, plastic and paper, and they even have a rain barrel in the back to collect run-off for the purpose of keeping their garden watered. 
     Carol has taken the opportunity to collaborate with the Art Institute/Culinary School, and currently sits on the Professional Advisory board.  Her outreach efforts have paid off via media exposure for her shop and the Main Street historic district.  The Spice Shoppe was featured in the February 2013 issue of Feast Magazine, and the March 2013 edition of Streetscape Magazine.  Just this year alone, Carol has appeared on the Fox2 morning show with Tim Ezell and other on-air talent more than 10 times. 

Jack Heck Award – Alan & Jeannie Dickherber
Certa Pro, 2440 Executive Drive, Suite 110 (63303) 636-922-2917
At Certa Pro Painters of St. Charles County, the company’s team members are true professionals who take great pride in their work.  “Experience counts for a lot in the painting business,” said Alan Dickherber, “but it’s how we apply that experience that makes the real Certa Pro difference. 
     Whether the project is for residential or commercial, we’re dedicated to the highest quality work, professional service and the process of certainty, which equates to a job well-done.”  This local company has been in business for six years and employs three staff members in addition to its bevy of painters. 
     But don’t let this relative newcomer fool you as Certa Pro is very active the local community.  For example, they have assisted in “Homes for Heroes,” where they painted the interior and exterior of two homes owned by local soldiers. 
     This past Christmas season, Certa Pro ran a “Give a Coat, Get a Coat” special.  When customers donated a coat for the under privileged, the company donated one coat of paint for free.  Certa Pro staff collected over 60 coats and donated them to FISH of St. Charles County (an organization founded in 1969 to serve the needy of St. Charles City and County by providing emergency assistance in the form of food, clothing, housewares and linens). 
     The company’s management team is also very involved with their church, St. Charles Borromeo.  They donated the paint for the Youth Ministry room, and they also sponsored several fund-raising events, including trivia nights, mouse races, horse races and Parish picnics.  The company also donates 5 percent of “RSVP” bookings to local charities, and supports Karen4AKause, a local breast cancer awareness group.

     The city’s annual economic development awards presentation took place as a part of the Greater St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce luncheon meeting, in conjunction with the chamber’s Small Business Person of the Year Award.  Bryan Jefferson, owner of The SOHO Shop, was the chamber’s 2013 recipient (3312 Rue Royale 1, 63301 – 636-442-1616 –

     Mayor Faith indicated the city of St. Charles has continued to thrive over the years by encouraging local businesses to grow and expand.  “In our ever-changing economic climate, it’s critical to support area business owners so they can keep pace with technology, a growing population, and new product and service offerings,” Faith said.  “By helping businesses discover all that is at hand for them in St. Charles we can anticipate dynamic growth in our community throughout 2013 and beyond.”