Worthy Citizen

Jerry Ransom, center holding plaque, was named as the 2019 Worthy Citizen during Thursday’s Greenville Chamber/Board of Development Annual Banquet.

Longtime resident and philanthropist Dr. Jerry Ransom was announced as the 2019 Worthy Citizen during Thursday’s Greenville Chamber/Board of Development Annual Banquet.

Ransom, the Greenville Mayor Pro Tem, was surprised to receive the award.

“I am very honored by this recognition,” Ransom said, adding that he chose to come to Greenville and start his business. “I always wanted to be here and it is just such an honor.”

Melva Hill, the 2017 Worthy Citizen and Board of Development Chairman Terry Thomas presented the award to Ransom at the close of the 100th annual event, with the theme of “Cheers to `100 Years,” staged at Innovation First.

The late Hunt County Judge John L Horn was named as the Worthy Citizen for 2018, shortly after he also was honored with the Greenville Board of Development’s inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award for Economic Development.

Ransom has a lengthy history of community service. In addition to sitting on the Greenville City Coucil, he has served on the GEUS and TMPA Boards and as Chairman of the Greenville Utility Study Committee that recommended GEUS become an autonomous entity.

Ransom has been involved in fundraising projects for the Boy Scouts of America, Tools for School, Hunt Regional Healthcare and First Tee that teaches life skills and leadership through the game of golf.

In March 2015, Ransom was the recipient of the prestigious Diamond Award for his many years of service to the Hunt Regional Healthcare Foundation.

After graduating the University of Oklahoma, Ransom moved to Greenville for a job with E-Systems. In 1978, he founded OmniSYS (and predecessor companies) for the purpose of developing and marketing Computer-Aided Transcription Systems for Court and Freelance Reporters.

The distinction for Ransom was only one of several awards handed out during Thursday’s banquet.

Karen Thomason was named as the 2019 Chamber Board Member Of The Year, while Tracey Fentum was chosen as the Chamber Ambassador Of The Year.

WestRock and Chelsea Building Products were presented with Community Investment Awards by the Board of Development for the large expansions which were made to their businesses.

Event sponsors for the banquet included Innovation First, Greenville Hyundai and Alliance Bank.

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