Business/Individual of the Year

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Business of the Year
Business of the Year

Edward Jones Investments

For David Reid...A career that began in 1989 with Edward Jones in Waterloo IA would lead him to Higginsville in May of 1995, Memorial weekend…in fact… with a 5 week old baby!!!!


Many said that an Edward Jones business would not succeed in a community with such a small population. Well….a little over 19 years and going strong…so strong that our local office has recently expanded to include two Financial Advisors!!! That speaks highly of the trust and confidence that customers have with our local Edward Jones office!


At Edward Jones, he continues to mentor, guide and train other Financial Advisors to be the best they can be. Over the years he has led sessions at a various Edward Jones meetings to over 70+ advisors in the central Missouri region.


This summer David and his BOA's led a session at the Edward Jones home office, 45 Financial Advisors and their Branch Office Administrators from all over the United States attended to hear how an effective Edward Jones Branch Team works. Considering there are over 12,000 Edward Jones Financial Advisors which could have been asked to lead this was a huge compliment to David and his branch team.


The awards David receives through Edward Jones are achievement awards given when new levels are reached. Let me share with you just a few of the Edward Jones Leadership Roles David has achieved: Edward Jones Limited Partner; Member of Leadership Team; Mentor and Mentor Trainer; Field Trainer and Coach to other Edward Jones Financial Advisors; Regional Academy Leader and was invited to St Louis to lead Advanced Leadership Training session along with Branch Office Administrator.


In addition to the Edward Jones Leadership Roles, David has the following Edward Jones Achievement Awards: Partners Award 1993, 1996; AF McKenzie Award 1997-1998; Jack Phelan Award 1999-2010; Jim McKenzie Award 2011 and Frank Finegan Award 2012.


David takes the same approach to leading in the community as he does at Edward Jones, leading by example. Participating in various groups and organizations within the community creates a bond between individuals and makes our community stronger.


David has been instrumental in seeing numerous community projects come to fruition His commitment to our community is exempliary! He’s been a Chamber member since coming to Higginsville and too many times to mention….Chamber Board President! He is a loyal Rotarian and Past President. He’s been instrumental in our local United Way organization and Community Betterment Corporation. He’s a member of Mainstreet Higginsville and served on various fundraising efforts for our local Sr. Center. He’s a silent monetary contributor to many local organizations, groups, events and attractions. David encourages internships for Higginsville Alumni (for students in college) at Edward Jones and supports 4-H by contributing to Grand Champion purchase at State Fair.


David and his lovely bride Diane have been married for 23 years and have two phenomenal children: Megan a Junior at MU and Adam a Freshman at MU. Prior to the kids moving out and leaving David and Diane (empty nesters), you could find David coaching many youth basketball, baseball and softball teams. When the kids were in high school…you’d find David supporting Blue & Gold at just about every sporting event! One of his most fun times was when he was out painting the football field prepping it for game night.


David has always believed you need to serve and volunteer in the community you live in. It is something that is evident in his daily functions.


Higginsville is blessed to have an Edward Jones office and David, Justin, Kendra and Sara are committed to this business, and to providing excellent financial service to our community.

Individual of the Year
Individual of the Year

Bob Gibson

Our 2013 Individual of the Year, Bob Gibson, has been a community fixture for many, many years!...that’s not saying that he’s “older than dirt” or anything….but he has witnessed his fair share of youth in our community become adults and have children of their own!


A career that began in 1973 at his Alma Mater…Lexington (now don’t hold that against his)….Bob served as their coach until 1977. From there…a short stay in Desoto, and then to Richmond High from 1978 – 1981. In 1981, a call from Lafayette County C-1 High School Principal Dick Renno and our honoree filled his days coaching football, basketball and tennis at C-1 from 1981 – 2000.


Our 2013 Individual of the Year has probably taught and coached numbers of kids exceeding the population of Higginsville throughout his 25 plus years as a teacher and coach, and still helps, free gratis, all of the coaching staff at our local High School on an ongoing basis. You see him on the sideline at every football game taking stats, and photos for the Higginsville Advance… even when he didn't have a dog in the hunt.


But this year….well it has been different. Our honoree…keeping his nose to his tasks at hand….walked the sidelines and watched his son and starting quarterback for the Huskers….but….left his coaching days behind him!


Bob Gibson has six children ranging in the ages of 39 – 9…yes…I said 9! Five boys and then the irony….the last born in 2004 …Miss Katie….A GIRL!!! Many of you can understand…..that our honoree….well….he wasn’t sure what to do with a little “diva”! Once…during a T-Ball…our honoree had himself perched near the first base line. No…he was not coaching (or officially anyway)….his precious Katie proceeded to get on first base. Next batter up (who hits the ball) and Katie is to run to second base right???? Well…of course…like all children who play T-Ball…really have no idea of what to do….did not proceed to 2nd base. Our honoree on the sidelines began yelling: “Run Katie Run”….but poor Katie did not know what was going on, and tears filled her eyes. Big brother Matt said: “Oh no….A Gibson on the field crying…well that’s embarrassing”!!!! And so the story goes….from that day on….Bob would never be able to coach his little girl in sports….something about a little girl and their dad!!!!


Bob cares so much about the youth of our community that when he retired in 2000 (some could say he flunked retirement), because then he went to Wentworth as their Athletic Director retiring in 2007. Following Wentworth, he served as a substitute teacher and 8th grade football coach from 2008 – 2010. And ….oh…. yeah….if that wasn’t enough he’s been driving a school bus for the past 6 years. Now…I’m sure he could tell you a few good stories of the shenanigans that happens when the “wheels on the bus go round and round”!


Remember when he took over as the Advance sports editor? Wow, now that was incredible! His enthusiasm for sports clearly show in all of the articles he writes and you can clearly feel the passion and pride he takes in making the Advance a better newspaper. From his "Not so famous celebrity" football picks, to his entertaining articles about the past, our honoree goes above and beyond his job description and really keeps us informed on the “local happenings".


Bob is also active in community events other than the school. He is a member of our Higginsville Theatre Company and was cast in the production of Oliver (oh yes…if you missed his performance in Oliver with his top hat on…well let’s just say…we do have a fine actor in the house!


He has been so gracious and served as master of ceremonies for various Chamber events and of course….who could forget his DJ days!!!! There’s a story for another day!


He is a Trivia buff and avid golfer. Thanks to him, the Chamber’s “Jeopardy” fundraiser is and continues to be successful and extremely enjoyable! We are grateful to his commitment to our community.