GRIMES, IOWA — Grimes Chamber & Economic Development (GCED) honored a select few individuals and businesses at the Annual Dinner & Awards Presentation on the evening of Thursday, Jan. 26 at Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center in Johnston, Iowa.


Brent Smith was recognized as the 2016 Grimes Citizen of the Year. Smith is employed at Southern Carlson in Grimes’ Princeton Business Park, a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Grimes, and actively volunteers for a variety of activities and causes. Most notably he has served as a longtime Co-Chair for the annual Grimes Governors Days Celebration Committee.


Lynnette Yossi was named the Grimes Educator of the Year. Mrs. Yossi is a Physical Education teacher at South Prairie Elementary School in the Dallas Center-Grimes Community School District; a position which has allowed her to work with many students over the years. In addition to her teaching duties, Yossi assists with traffic control around the school complex, thereby safeguarding the students and helping for smoother transition times for parents. Yossi was nominated by the students and teachers of South Prairie Elementary School.


The title of Ambassador of the Year has been awarded to Peggy Triggs, owner of Cabinets by Design. This award is bestowed to members of the Grimes Chamber & Economic Development Ambassadors. Triggs is the sixth recipient of the award, which is earned through extensive involvement in a variety of events conducted by the organization throughout the year.


Shade Tree Auto was awarded the coveted title of Grimes Business of the Year, owned by Clint Dudley. Shade Tree Auto has earned a reputation for their positive corporate citizenship, not only in the community of Grimes, but across the greater Des Moines region. This designation follows a number of other substantial recognitions earned by the business over the past few years alone including: Blue Ribbon recipient of the 2015 & 2016 Dream Big Small Business Award by the US Chamber of Commerce, Better Business Bureau Torch Award for Ethics (2016), AAA Top Shop Award (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016), Celebrate Business & Economic Impact Awards Community Champion Award (2014), just to name a few.