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Business Briefs: Dec. 4

Anthony Thompson [right] receiving 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award.


Anthony Thompson, president and CEO of Kwame Building Group, Inc. has received Washington University’s 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award. Thompson was honored for his achievement in construction and project management, advocacy of minority and female-oriented businesses, and the leadership and service he gives to St. Louis. In 2004, Thompson received the Washington University School of Engineering and Applied Science Alumni Achievement Award. At the time, he was the second African-American in the school’s history to receive the prestigious award.

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Missouri Department of Transportation [MoDOT] Director Patrick McKenna was elected to serve as 2019-2020 president for the board of directors of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials. Prior to the election, McKenna served as AASHTO’s 2018-2019 vice president. He received a bachelor of science degree in finance from Bentley College and a master of science degree in management and finance from the University of Maryland University College. 

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The law firms of Brown & Crouppen, P.C., Capes Sokol, P.C., Dowd & Dowd, P.C., Dowd Bennett LLP, Husch Blackwell LLP, Lewis Rice LLC, Onder Law LLC, Polsinelli PC, Rossiter & Boock, LLC and The Simon Law Firm, P.C., answered the call from the St. Louis Attorneys Against Hunger Committee to give a significant boost to this year’s STL World Food Day, held on Nov. 1 at John Burroughs High. Several law firms provided a total of $25,000 in financial support as well as volunteers to help pack food on the day of the event. The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis provided 100 legal professional volunteers for the event. At the end of the 2019 event, 440,370 meals were packed and sent out to communities in need.


Celebrating the grand reopening of Studio 703 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Nov. 15. [Facebook photo]

Studio 703 celebrated its grand reopening after remodeling and expanding its location at 14276 Manchester Road in Manchester. Studio 703 specializes a full range of color treatments, haircuts, airbrush makeup and waxing.

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David Taylor Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Dealership at 15502 Manchester Road is open in Ellisville. In addition to retail and lease purchases, the dealership offers a service center with factory-trained and certified technicians and express lane service for an oil changes, filter replacement, tire changes or other standard maintenance procedures. The dealership also houses a collision center.


Midwest BankCentre won the 2019 Community Commitment Award from the American Bankers Association Foundation for its work with members of St. Louis’ black, Bosnian and Latino communities. The award highlights Midwest BankCentre’s strengths in diversity and inclusion as competitive differentiators. It also notes Midwest BankCentre’s development of bank branches in unbanked or underbanked communities.


The Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce hosts its general membership meeting at noon [doors open at 11:15 a.m.] on Wednesday, Dec. 18 at Doubletree Hotel, 16625 Swingley Road in Chesterfield. Wrap up the year with the annual holiday party that includes an ugly sweater contest, canned food drive, vendors and a lunch with Santa. Admission is $30 for members; $35 for guests. A $5 discount applies for registrations through Dec.13; a $5 surcharge applies to day-of walk-ins; walk-ins will not be guaranteed a meal. Register online at chesterfieldmochamber.com or by calling (636) 532-3399.

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The Town & Country-Frontenac Chamber of Commerce hosts its general membership meeting from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 18 at St. Louis Hilton Frontenac, 1335 S. Lindbergh in Frontenac. The special holiday luncheon includes special pricing for guests. To register, call (3140 223-2237 or visit tcfchamber.com/calendar.

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The West St. Louis Chamber of Commerce hosts its general membership meeting from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 19 at The Wildwood Hotel, 2801 Fountain Place in Wildwood. Admission is $25 for members; $30 for nonmember guests. There is a $5 surcharge for registration less than 48 hours prior to the luncheon and for walk-ins. To register, call (636) 230-9900.

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