Hank Dickenson, deputy athletic director for the University of North Texas, was honored Thursday with the Otis L. Fowler Award from the Denton Chamber of Commerce at the chamber’s annual banquet.
Dickenson, a past board chairman of the Denton Chamber, was chosen unanimously by the selection committee for the award, which is the highest award given by the chamber.
Erik Clark, an agent with Wellspring Insurance Agency, was given the Volunteer of the Year Award for overseeing the Small Business of the Year Award and serving as chairman of the Small Business Initiatives Committee.
Chamber President Chuck Carpenter said the Otis L. Fowler Award is meant to honor someone who, in doing their job, has excelled at promoting the city. Dickenson has been able to do this as a color commentator, he said.
“Every year, there’s some question about whether we’re really recognizing this person for going in and doing their job, so it was fun with Hank because nobody questioned it on the committee this year,” Carpenter said. “The unanimous agreement was: he does his job and he does it well, and look at all the times he gets to mention Denton, Texas.”
Bettye Myers, a professor at Texas Woman’s University, received the award last year and presented Dickenson with the award at the banquet Thursday night. She served on the committee to help choose the award recipient, and said she was “tickled to death” to help in selecting Dickenson.
“I worked with Hank personally on many community committees throughout Denton throughout the years, and I really can’t think of anyone at this point in our lives, and at this point in Hank’s life, who deserves it more,” she said. “It’s a perfect match: the Otis L. Fowler Award and Hank Dickenson.”
The annual event honors not just award recipients but celebrates the year with a dinner, silent auction and live music. During the dinner at the Hub Club at Apogee Stadium, the sold-out audience also heard from outgoing board chairman Mark Burroughs, as well as incoming chairman Larry Parker.
Clark received his award from Ellen Painter, a former recipient.
“Having received this award myself in 1995, and, having served as the chair of the board for the 2001-02 chamber year, I definitely understand that volunteers are basically the labor force of this organization,” Painter said in her presentation.
In addition, three outstanding LEAD delegates were named: Roger Cox, of James Financial Services, for the Host Coalition; Tim Weicht, of Best Western Premier, for the Welcome Coalition; and Lauren Baker, of Keep Denton Beautiful, for the Outreach Coalition.
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