Mexican resident Sterling Oliver has been named the recipient of the Col. CR Stribling Jr. 2021. The Mexico Region Chamber of Commerce will present the award at the annual meeting and dinner on February 18, 2022 at the Mexico Elks Lodge.
The Stribling Service Award is the best presentation of seven awards presented during the evening. The Stribling Award is presented to an individual who demonstrates exemplary effort on behalf of the Mexican Community for an extended period; the recipient of the award is nominated by the past Speakers of the House.
“Sterling has been a reliable and dedicated volunteer in many organizations over the years,” said Kim Sydenstricker, President of the 2021 Chamber of Commerce. “His involvement is a testament to his work ethic and team spirit. His service to his community is a hallmark and a prime example of the notion expressed in a plaque that Ronald Reagan kept on his desk in the Oval Office: There is no limit to what a man can do or where he can go if he doesn’t care who gets the credit.. “
Sterling and his family are longtime residents of Mexico City, Missouri. Sterling is most recognizable in the Mexican community from his long tenure at the Central Bank of Audrain County (formerly First National Bank of Mexico), where he started as Assistant Vice President and Cashier in August 1981. He has retired as Executive Vice President of Central Bank in 2019.
Sterling thanked his parents for instilling a heart of service in him. His volunteer efforts have also been perpetuated by the corporate culture of the Central Bank.
“Sterling is calm and modest as he takes care of the community’s work,” said Mike Bunge, chairman of the Audrain County Central Bank. “He’s not looking for notoriety; he volunteers because he cares about this community and the people who live there.
Through his commitment to banking, customer service and finance, Oliver has served several organizations as treasurer: Children’s Therapy School, AMC Foundation, Miss Missouri Scholarship Pageant, Mexico Area Chamber of Commerce, Mexico Methodist Church, Mexico Jaycees and Mexico Country Club.
Sterling appreciates his wife and two sons who support him in his volunteer efforts in and around the community. He was involved with the Mexico Optimist Club as president and coach of the Young Optimist League, as well as with the Boy Scouts of America.
“Very simply,” said Oliver, “it makes me feel good.”
Sterling’s list of efforts also encompasses service efforts with United Way of Audrain County (Chair), Miss Missouri Scholarship Pageant (Chair / Chair), Mexico Community Betterment Association (Chair), Enterprise Development Corporation (Director), Audrain County Board of Health (administrator), Audrain County Hospital Board of Directors (chair) and Mexico City Industrial Authority and Land Remediation Authority for Redevelopment (member).
Sterling is married to Pam Oliver, a retired educator, and they have two sons: Cameron, engaged to Brooke Jameson, and Blake, married to Lauren, who are also the parents of their grandson Keller.
In addition to the Col. CR Stribling, several other prizes will be presented throughout the evening.
President’s Award: Dr Ayanna Shivers
Ambassador Andy Runge Award: Darren smiley
Civic price: Children’s therapy school
Philanthropic Award: Williams Family Support Center
Tourism Excellence Award: Matt Pilger, KXEO AM I Awake Morning Show
Educator of the year: Sarah gleeson
Reservations for the event can be made with the Chamber office from January 4, 2022. Those present to honor one of the award recipients must notify the Chamber office when reservations are made. The seats are limited.