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C/AC Chamber Business/Professional Man of the Year

Eddie Franklin

Remarks by President Roger Meadows at Lindsey Wilson College, April 16, 2013

This year's recipient has been in the family business which he has lived since he was about eight years old.

He feels like he inherited many great attributes from his dad, who always had a positive attitude and taught the boys to think in terms of great, not just good.

He is very proud of Columbia and Adair County and in naming all of the dealerships he has made them connect to the one in Columbia by naming them after his dad. One of the things I think will make Eddie most proud about receiving this award is the fact the entire family got to share that honor with Don when he received this same award, Business/Professional Man of the Year in 1997. Eddie takes great pride in his family and works for their future. He enjoys working with his Brother Dan and his Mother Barbara in the family business. Don Jr. and Ben feel that Franklin Ford and Franklin Nissan respectively are the greatest places in the world to work.

' Eddie Jr. is going to school at Vanderbilt, but when he's here that infectious smile brightens up whichever location he goes to.

Don started the legacy of living next to the family business and Eddie and family hope to carry forth the legacy and business principles for many generations here in Columbia.

I'm sure many of you have heard Eddie say, "It truly is a great day to be alive," and "by putting God first in our lives, we truly can accomplish many things."

It's my pleasure to present the 2013 Business/Professional Man of the Year Award to Mr. Eddie Franklin. - - Roger Meadows, President, Columbia/Adair County Chamber of Commerce, April 16, 2017, at Lindsey Wilson College

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