Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

After 3 Tie Votes, Chamber Gives 2 Leadership Awards Blanton, Green Honored for Distinguished Service

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

After 3 Tie Votes, Chamber Gives 2 Leadership Awards Blanton, Green Honored for Distinguished Service

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Two St. Charles County men who have taken a keen interest in helping children will be honored today by the St. Peters Chamber of Commerce at its 11th annual awards banquet, to be held at the Columns Banquet and Conference Center in St. Charles.

Ben Blanton and Bill Green will receive the chamber's Distinguished Leadership Award. This usually goes to one person, but the voting board of six past recipients decided to honor both men this year after three deadlocked ballots.

"Our goal was to find one winner," said Tom Engle, who won the award two years ago. But after three rounds of voting, each with different criteria, they kept coming out tied, he said. "The statistical chances of that happening are incredible. So we decided on two awards."

Bill Weber, who helped spearhead the drive to build the St. Peters Rec-Plex, won the award last year and was chairman of this year's selection committee.

"An exceptionally qualified and deserving slate of nominees for this year's award made it very difficult to make a selection," Weber said.

Blanton said, "I know Bill Green very well, and it's an honor to be selected with him. Bill Weber was the recipient last year, and Tom Engle won it the year before. As far as I'm concerned, that's pretty good company."

Blanton operates Blanton Construction Co. in St. Charles County. Green operates Soil Consultants Inc. in St. Peters.

"Bill and Ben aren't just on committees," said Engle. "They put untold hours and a lot of their own money into things. When they make a commitment to do something, it gets done."

For example, when the United Services for the Handicapped in St. Peters decided it needed more space, Blanton offered his services - free of charge.

"He basically came out every morning and provided the general contracting himself," said Engle, St. …

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