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Hennion named First Citizen by chamber

Lyn Hennion's years of developing financial and retirement plans for clients and tireless volunteer efforts have been recognized by The Chamber of Medford/Jackson County in naming her as its First Citizen.

Hennion, a senior vice president for investments and certified financial planner at Umpqua Investments, has been named a top financial planner by Worth Magazine for three years running, while chairing boards for the Oregon 529 College Savings Network, Craterian Performances Co., Rogue Valley International Airport Advisory Committee, Providence Community Health Foundation, Southern Oregon Historical Society Foundation, Oregon Shakespeare Festival Endowment and Rogue Valley Manor Community Services.

"She found a way to serve the public with her knowledge of finance, and it's incredible the number of organizations she's helped in setting up different plans for handling their money," said former Jackson County Commissioner Sue Kupillas, who presented the award Thursday night. "There are not that many people in that world who want to volunteer that much time."

She has been on the boards of the Oregon Cultural Trust, Oregon Community Foundation, Medford Rogue Rotary Foundation, Rogue Valley SMART Leadership Council, The Gray Family Foundation, Chamber Medford/Jackson County, the Governor’s 10-year Plan for Oregon, International Women’s Forum in Oregon, and was a founding member of the Women’s Leadership Conference.

Hennion chaired Pacific Retirement Services' board during a very tumultuous time, Kupillas said, referencing a dispute over management between PRS and the Rogue Valley Manor.

"Her work contributed to a settlement agreement, and a new board for the Rogue Valley Manor, which is now functioning well. We both spent many long hours working together, so I can vouch for her efforts to solve the issues."

More recently, Hennion was named to the inaugural board of Southern Oregon University, serving on the executive committee as well as finance and audit committee.

"The work of this new board of trustees will be pivotal to the future of SOU and its impact on the region," Kupillas said.

Other awards presented by the chamber were: New Member of the Year, Medford Bookkeeping, Dan Johnston; Retailer of the Year, Kelly's Automotive, Joe Rossi; Outstanding Corporate Citizen, For Profit, Combined Transport, Mike Card; Outstanding Corporate Citizen, Not For Profit, Mercy Flights, Doug Stewart; Chairman's Community Award, Providence Medford Medical Center, Cindy Mayo and Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center, Roy Vinyard;

Special Service Recognition Award, Civil Air Patrol, Cadet Lt. Col. Jared Monasmith; Small Business Excellence, Montero & Associates, Mike Montero; Medium Business Excellence, Inn at the Commons, Doug and Becky Neuman; Large Business Excellence, CenturyLink, Doug Patterson; Community Spirit Award, Medford Rogues, Ian Church; Member of the Year, Barrett Business Services, Joe Rossi; Special Recognition Award, Jr. Achievement, Deanna Wilson and Catherine Goslin.

Reach reporter Greg Stiles at 541-776-4463 or business@mailtribune.com. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/GregMTBusiness, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/greg.stiles.31, and read his blog at www.mailtribune.com/EconomicEdge.

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