Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

October 26, 2012

Superintendent and community contributor to be honored

Ben Tinsley
Jacksonville Daily Progress

JACKSONVILLE — The Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce will honor Dr. Joe Wardell and Debbie Kerzee as its "2012 Outstanding Businessman and Businesswoman" at the Fall Membership Meeting meeting held at noon Monday.

The reservation deadline expires for the event at 5 p.m. today.  It will be held at the Norman Activity Center, 526 E. Commerce.

Dr. Wardell is superintendent of the Jacksonville Independent School District. Debbie Kerzee is co-owner of Mark Kerzee Insurance Agency.

Wardell and Kerzee will be honored for their service to the community.

Dr. Wardell has spent 38 years of service in public education — 32 of which were in public school administration, according to Amber Mayfield, the Chamber's information coordinator. He has worked for the Jacksonville ISD since March 2009.

The superintendent will receive his reward from his immediate predecessor, 2011 Outstanding Businessman Dr. Edwin Crank.

The award is considered a high honor by its recipients, as evidenced by Dr. Crank's enthusiastic reaction to winning last year. When accepting his award in 2011, Dr. Crank thanked everyone for encouraging him and always supporting him and expressed his wish to continue to make Jacksonville a place people want to live.

“You honored me today by giving me this award," Crank said last year. "Well, I honor Jacksonville.”

Dr. Wardell has been married to his wife, Tricia, for 38 years. They have two children and three grandchildren.

Debbie Kerzee, who co-owns Mark Kerzee Insurance Agency with her husband, serves on many committees in the community — such as Crisis Center, Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce, Beautification Committee, Jacksonville Tennis Association and Park Lake Fishing Club.

She will receive her reward from her predecessor, 2011 Outstanding Businesswoman Sandi Minter.

Minter was equally honored when winning last year — and was actually taken by surprise and was up and hugging everyone before she realized they had not yet announced her to podium.

“I'm so honored that they chose me to receive this award,” Minter said last year. “It means so much to me. Jacksonville has always been my home."

Kerzee has two children and five grandchildren.  

Reservations for this event can be made at the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce, 526 E. Commerce. It will cost $15 per person and $120 for each table of eight. This event will be catered by Super Gallo Mercado.

Again, because of limited seating, reservations must be made by 5 p.m. today, officials said.

To inquire about reservations or any other aspect of the event, contact Amber Mayfield at 903-586-2217 or visit the chamber website at www.jacksonvilletexas.com.