The Tipp City Chamber of Commerce celebrated 2017 during its annual Holiday Gala recognizing Matt Buehrer as citizen of the year for contributions including helping form the Give Where You Live program and coordinate hurricane relief to Texas residents.


Buehrer, who is with Thrivent Financial Services, was recognized for what was called a “unique gift” of bringing people together.


The Give Where You Live program brings together people from across Miami County wanting to help support organizations and programs through personal contributions. The combined dollars help the organizations continue to pursue or expand their efforts.


The hurricane relief was organized following the devastating hurricane in Texas. In the end, four semi-trailers filled with 135,000 pounds of supplies headed south along with more than $25,000 in donations, Buehrer said.


“Wow,” he said on being presented the award. “This is quite an honor.”


Buehrer said the community is a great place to live. “It is amazing what people can do,” he said.


Also recognized during the gala were Michelle Ireton, Young Professional of the Year; Field Property Management, Small Business of the Year; and Broadway Hair Studio and Company as Business of the Year.


Ireton is a graduate of Tippecanoe High School and Wright State University. She is a CPA. She was recognized for involvement in organizations such as Parents Who Care, Mum Festival and Brukner Nature Center.


Ireton was saluted for efforts to make Tipp City better and was recognized for what was termed “an infectious attitude.” She said she was glad to be a part of the community.


Field Property Management is a business located downtown that secures and stabilizes foreclosed homes.


Mashell Stith, owner, was called a “serial entrepreneur” who creates a business to fill a void. Among her volunteer efforts is bringing together and helping lead the Tipp Pride Association, which is working to raise money privately for a stadium.


“I am so touched, honored,” Stith said thanking her family, parents and the community. “What a great community we live in,” she said.


Broadway Hair Studio and Company, also located downtown, is the business of Debbie Dungan.


It was first on Broadway before moving to a renovated building downtown in an effort described “as a leap of faith.” The studio was complimented for personal, professional service. It also was thanked for its support of many community events and organizations along with the community’s economic development.


Dungan credited her employees for the success of the business. When the decision was made to relocate the business, she said many told her it wouldn’t succeed. “It did,” she said.


Also during the gala, Kevin Cox, 2017 chamber board chair, gave a brief wrap up of the year. “2017 was a great year for the chamber,” he said, pointing out more than 500 attended the Business Expo and the annual golf outing attracted 72 golfers.


Aaron Mauk, 2018 board chair, recognized Cox for his service. Mauk also outlined goals for the coming year including establishing a teen leadership program.


The 2017 chamber board of directors was installed by Mayor Pat Hale. The directors include: Kelly Andary, Tanya Brown, Mary Clevenger, Kevin Cox, Kristy Earick, Nick Heinl, Jim Hinkle, Richard Lange, Kelly Markley, Aaron Mauk, Julianna Mohr, Marti Newsome, Nathan Rentz and Randy Schwan.


Also recognized were business milestones:

Year                 Years                Business Name

Established       in Business      

1952                 65                     Riverside Developmental Disabilities

1967                 50                     Miami County Park District and Amity Mold

1977                 40                     J&L Wood Products, Inc.

1982                 35                     S&G Painting Contractors

1987                 30                     Vital Connections, Inc., Precision Strip, Inc., City to City Courier and Child Care Choices, Inc.

1992                 25                     SpringMeade Residence, SpringMeade Health Center and Duncan Tool

2002                 15                     Kettering Sports Medicine Center

2007                 10                     Tipp City Enrichment Program (TCEP), Sharon Elaine Photography, Loma Company, HR Associates and Associates Staffing