Local Couple Recognized for Forty Years of Community Leadership
The Siouxland Chamber of Commerce presented the W. Edwards Deming Business Leadership and Entrepreneurial Excellence Award to long-time community leaders Jim and Bev Wharton at their Annual Dinner this evening. This marks the 27th consecutive year the Deming Award has been presented by the Siouxland Chamber dating back to 1991 when the initial recipient was Ted Waitt of Gateway.
For decades, the Whartons have been known for the numerous public and private sector leadership roles they have held throughout the Siouxland tri-state region. Perhaps most significantly, Bev served as the President of Briar Cliff University for 15 years and Jim served in elected office on the City Council in Sioux City, including terms as Mayor, as well as Mayor Pro-Tempore.
The Whartons affirmed their commitment to their adopted hometown stating, “It is truly humbling to receive this honor and to share it with great leaders in our community. Moving to Siouxland in 1976 was a short-term decision. Staying in Siouxland for 41 years reflects our love for this community.”
In addition to her tenure as President of Briar Cliff University, Bev served for many years as a senior executive with the corporation known today as MidAmerican Energy. Jim’s service as Mayor of Sioux City was complemented by his work in the local media, as well as roles in executive management, fundraising, marketing, and public relations with organizations including Gateway, the Diocese of Sioux City, Mercy Medical Center, and the Siouxland Community Health Center.
Not only were the Whartons engaged in the for-profit sector, but their collective contributions to local not-for-profits and regional charities has been equally impressive. Over the course of their working careers, the couple served in a variety of incredibly broad and diverse volunteer leadership roles stretching from the United Way to the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce. Bev is a past Chair of the Siouxland Chamber’s Board of Directors and continues to serve on the organization’s Good Government Committee. Jim served as the emcee for countless community philanthropic events including many years leading the program for the Chamber’s Annual Dinner.
Chris McGowan, President of the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce, expressed his appreciation to Bev and Jim for all they have contributed to this tri-state area saying, “Siouxlanders have been the beneficiaries of the Whartons’ extraordinary commitment to leadership, citizenship, and public service. They have shown themselves to be role models within both the public and private sectors and we owe them a deep debt of gratitude for all they have contributed to our community.”
The W. Edwards Deming Business Leadership & Entrepreneurial Excellence Award is presented in honor of Dr. W. Edwards Deming, a Sioux City native and world-renowned statistician, philosopher and educator. This award is designed to recognize local business executives who have exhibited outstanding leadership within the Siouxland community, as well as originality, quality, productivity and performance within the realm of their business.
Dr. W. Edwards Deming Business Leadership &
Entrepreneurial Excellence Award
Award Criteria: The W. Edwards Deming Business Leadership & Entrepreneurial Excellence Award is presented in honor of Dr. W. Edwards Deming, a Sioux City native and world-renowned statistician, philosopher and educator. This award is designed to recognize local business executives who have exhibited outstanding leadership within the Siouxland community, as well as originality, quality, productivity and performance within the realm of their business.
- Ted Waitt, Gateway
- Wrede Smith, American Pop Corn Company
- Harold Bomgaars, Bomgaars
- Fred Davenport, Davenport Companies
- William Dible, Terra Industries Inc.
- Byron Brower, Brower Construction Company
- Sam Bernstein, State Steel Supply Company
- Robert Williams, Williams and Company
- Roland Junck, Prince Manufacturing
- William Metz, Metz Baking Company
- Robert Peterson, IBP, Inc.
- Eldon Roth, Beef Products, Inc.
- Chuck Long, Long Lines
- Irving F. Jensen, Jr., Irving F. Jensen Company
- Pat Boeshart, Lite-Form Technologies LLC
- Ken Ackerman, K & B Transportation
- Leonard Gill, LP Gill, Inc.
- Allen Mahaney, Soo Tractor Sweeprake Company
- Mike Bennett, Terra Industries
- Roger and Jane Bomgaars, Bomgaars
- James Yanney, Guarantee Roofing & Siding
- Steve Schneider, Gerkin Windows and Doors
- Mike Wells, Wells Enterprises, Inc.
- Garrett Smith, American Pop Corn Company
- Regina Roth, BPI
- Richard A. Waller, Security National Bank