The Marion Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce the finalists for the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award. Keith Dickens, along with Vicki Griffin and Scott Murrie, have been nominated for this year's award. Our finalists have been nominated by fellow chamber members and selected by the Awards Committee.
Keith Dickens believes firmly in the success of Southern Illinois. A local native and a man of faith, he was taught self-reliance at an early age and to utilize God’s gifts to 100% of your potential. He graduated from the University of Evansville in 1982 and started at Pepsi MidAmerica. While with Pepsi, he rose to the rank of Vice President and secured an additional degree in financial studies from Murray State in 1992. In the mid-90s, he left Pepsi to start his own commercial design company. Over the next twenty years he developed the company and merged it with Petter Business Systems and served as President. In 2015, he returned to Pepsi MidAmerica and now assumes the role of President.
Throughout his career, Keith has been part of numerous boards and organizations geared toward economic development and community engagement in our region. These include the Catholic Youth League Chair, Cape Girardeau Chamber Economic Development, Chairman of Church Board, Duke of Paducah, Greater Paducah Economic Development Vice Chair and Chair Elect, KY Colonel, Marion and SIL Bridge to Future, Old National Bank Advisory Board, School Board Member and Chair of Education Committee, SEMO University Foundation Board, and the Steering Committee on SI Economic Development. He is committed to local causes through Boy Scouts, Easter Seals, holiday ‘Giving Tree’ donations, Kiwanis Club, Rotary, Salvation Army, and volunteering for Heaven’s Kitchen’s Thanksgiving Meal. He also supports the local economy in his business dealings and thankful for Pepsi’s ongoing efforts to donate and support community initiatives. This includes chamber projects like Grad Spree, various golf outings, and the Community Block Party. Dickens shares his life with his wife of 32 years, Cyndi (Crisp) and their three sons: Hunter, Harrison & Haydon. With their ongoing support, he is considered blessed to be surrounded by great people within the organizations he has been a part of. He feels this nomination is as much about his family, his team and company, and a lifelong commitment to sustain and hopefully grow our community. “Making Southern IL vibrant is a way to give back for the blessings I have received. It is also selfish, as I want my sons to live and raise their families here as well.”
The first Lifetime Achievement Award was given in 1985 to August L. Fowler. Last year’s winners were Jim & Linda Byassee and Cathy Moehring. Past winners of the Lifetime Achievement Award can be viewed at https://www.marionillinois.com/award-winners.html.
Our finalists have been nominated by fellow chamber members and selected by the Awards Committee.
The winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award will be announced during the 99th annual Marion Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet & Auction on Friday, January 17 at The Pavilion. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. Tickets to attend are $65/person, $500/table of 8 or $750/table of 12 and are available by calling the Marion Chamber of Commerce at 618.997.6311 or visiting www.marionillinois.com.