Nancy Allison Named 2016 Debin Benish Outstanding Businesswoman Award Winner


Nancy Allison has won the 2016 Debin Benish Outstanding Businesswoman Award. The award was presented by the 2015 winner, Nancy Fay, at the 2016 Columbia Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting & Awards Banquet.

Nancy Fay’s Presentation Speech

Good Evening!

I have the honor of announcing the recipient of the 2016 Debin Benish Outstanding Businesswoman Award!

First, I want to tell you about this amazing woman! She has given so much to this community with her leadership, volunteering and mentoring.

She is a member of Women’s Network and has served on many committees, is a member of the Chamber of Commerce and has served on the Chamber Board and the Governmental Affairs Committee. She has participated in TRC for numerous years, is an Ambassador and has served as Ambassador Chair. She is a member of Altrusa, member of a King’s Daughters Chapter and supports fundraising efforts for True North, Great Circle, American Heart Association and serves as Co-Chair of the 2016 Annual Campaign for Boys and Girls Club.

Working in the insurance industry for 42 years and mentoring many women along the way, she has shown how hard work and passion plus a contagious smile can open doors to dreams.

Starting in Clerical Support, she then became an Adjuster, then Sr. Training & Development Specialist, next Marketing Alliance Manager, then Manager of Customer Communications. In each position she distinguished herself as an effective leader and tireless mentor.

Then in 2006 she would have the opportunity to fulfill her dream—become a small business owner with her own agency—and Wow!, how she has excelled in that capacity! In 2011 & 2012 she earned the title of “East Missouri Agent of the Year” and in 2011 she was inducted into the Shelter Insurance Hall of Fame!

Please help me congratulate our 2016 Debin Benish Outstanding Businesswoman: Nancy Allison