Thursday, September 27, 2018

Spencer Recognized at Chamber Meeting

Buddy Spencer (left) was recognized for his service to the community at Wednesday's chamber meeting. Presenting the award was Jeff Mayo, chamber president.

Buddy Spencer was honored on Wednesday at the monthly Sallisaw Chamber of Commerce meeting as the member of the month. Spencer is an active member of the Sallisaw community and is well known for his love of public service.

Spencer has maintained a long and very successful career in the automobile business spanning fifty plus years starting with his first dealership, Buddy Spencer Ford in Durant. He has owned and operated over ten dealerships in three states before moving to Sallisaw in September 1995. The Spencer family currently owns and operates Blue Ribbon Auto Group in Sallisaw.

With a passion to serve his community Spencer has served as President of the Chambers of Commerce in both Durant and Sallisaw. He was appointed by Governor George Nigh to the Executive Committee to study reform in State Government. Spencer is currently serving as the president of the Sallisaw Improvement Corporation.

Spencer has also lived a life dedicated to his passion for public education. He has served as a school board member and also as president of the Oklahoma State School Board Association. The Oklahoma School Board Association annually presents the Buddy Spencer Leadership Award in Oklahoma City. 

Spencer was selected as the Distinguished Alumnus at Southwestern Oklahoma State University in 1983, a recipient of the Oklahoma Education Association Award for Excellence in Education, and a 2014 honoree of the State Regents of Higher Education Business Partnership Excellence Award.

Spencer currently serves as a Trustee for the CASC Foundation and is Chairman of the Committee for Excellence in Sallisaw where they raise scholarship money for graduating seniors in Sequoyah County. With Spencer's leadership, the committee has raised over $600,000 for the students. He is also a member of the Carl Albert State College "Hall of Fame."

KXMX News Staff

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