Dawson Grimsley to be honored as 2017 Uncommon Citizen

Dawson Grimsley

Dawson Grimsley, retired President and Owner of Davis-Moore Auto Group, is the Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce’s 2017 Uncommon Citizen. He will be recognized at the annual Honors Night celebration on Tuesday, April 11.

Established in 1974, the Uncommon Citizen is the Chamber’s most prestigious individual award. It recognizes those who, by their individual efforts year after year, have made uncommon contributions to the people and institutions of Wichita and the surrounding area. Recipients are honored not only for their role in business but for their participation in cultural, civic, social and philanthropic activities.

Grimsley spent his entire career with the Davis-Moore Auto Group team, purchasing the dealership in 2001, when he became president and majority owner. A well-known community philanthropist, he used his company’s advertising channels over the years to highlight the work of a number of local nonprofit organizations. The partnerships he forged with Muscular Dystrophy Association, United Way of the Plains, the DUI Impact Center and the Kansas Humane Society, provided needed visibility to their important community services.

His dedication to community safety through television, radio and print advertising campaigns earned Grimsley numerous local, state and national awards during his career. His promotion of safe driving became an integral part of Davis-Moore’s messaging, branding and identity. The safety campaign he initiated continues today under new CEO Sean Tarbell.

Grimsely and his wife, Patty, have four grown children and seven grandchildren. He retired from Davis-Moore on Dec. 31, 2015.

Formerly announced Honors Night award recipients include:

  • Spirit of Wichita: Foley Equipment Company
  • Over the Years: Conco Construction and Howard + Helmer Architecture
  • Keeper of the Plains: Wichita Art Museum Art Garden

The announcement of the Exceptional Young Leader award will be forthcoming.

Reservations for Honors Night may be made online. For tickets and additional information, visit wichitachamber.org/HonorsNight or call 316-268-1123.

Williams hits hole-in-one, wins car at Chamber Golf Classic

By Josh Wallentine

Sam Williams, retired managing partner of Sullivan Higdon & Sink, is now in the history books of the Chamber Golf Classic as the first person to take home the hole-in-one prize, which just so happened to be a 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit in Granite Pearl.

The hole-in-one contest was sponsored by Davis-Moore Auto Group and took place on Tallgrass Country Club’s hole #7 with a distance of 175 yards.

Sam said he was shocked that he made the hole-in-one. “I couldn’t believe it,” he said. “It landed on the green and as it was rolling towards the pin I realized ‘this ball may go in.’ And sure enough, it did.”

Jack Pulley, the representative from Davis-Moore, thought the Jeep would wait to be awarded another day. “By mid-afternoon, people had come relatively close to the hole, but not close enough,” he said. “That was until Sam walked up and landed the shot perfectly.”

The 23rd Annual Golf Classic was held on June 6. Gary Plummer, Chamber President and CEO, was pleased with the event. “The weather was perfect and everyone had plenty of opportunities for networking,” he said. “A big ‘thank you’ goes out to the 250 golfers from businesses around Wichita and the 70+ volunteers who came out to support the Chamber.”

Proceeds from the Golf Classic underwrite Chamber programming throughout the year. The 2017 Wichita Metro Chamber Golf Classic will be held Monday, June 5, so mark your calendars now!

Sam Williams, winner; Andrew Lesh, Sales Associate with Davis-Moore Auto Group; Sean Tarbell, President and CEO of Davis-Moore Auto Group

Sam Williams, winner; Andrew Lesh, Sales Associate with Davis-Moore Auto Group; Sean Tarbell, President and CEO of Davis-Moore Auto Group