Fort Bend’s ABWA honors two members with Lifetime Achievement Award
The Fort Bend Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) recently honored two of its long-time members with the chapter’s first ever Lifetime Achievement Award. Mary Ammerman and Jean Shelledy were both honored and celebrated as valued members with more than 50 years of membership in the Fort Bend chapter in between them. The award’s criterion was based not only on their number of years of membership and involvement , but it was also based on their personal and professional accomplishments, as well as community service.
Mary Ammerman began her career at KTRH NewsRadio 740 on the radio show, The Lunch Bunch, which was the number one show in its time slot in the Houston area at that time. Her on-air name was “Lovely Mary,” which is entirely appropriate, for she is truly a lovely person, inside and out. In 1973, she and her late husband, Dan Ammerman, founded The Ammerman Experience, a communications skills development firm that teaches professionals how to effectively and confidently reach and influence others through the spoken word.
Mary joined the Fort Bend Chapter of ABWA in 1987 and has been a pivotal member ever since. Throughout her years of membership, Mary has served in a number of capacities including historian, program chair and publicity chair, as well serving on multiple other committees. Mary continues to be active in a number of civic groups, including the Sugar Land Christian Women’s Connection, The Women’s Club of Missouri City, The Spirit of Freedom Republican Club and The Friends of the Arts Committee at First United Methodist Church in Missouri City.
Jean Shelledy, recently retired from Tradition Bank, enjoyed 28 years in the Houston area’s banking industry. In 1985, her husband, Doyle, was diagnosed with a debilitating illness and she was forced to join the workforce after having been a stay-at-home mom for 16 years. She went to work for Benjamin Franklin Savings in Quail Valley, very close to her home. Jean initially walked to work since she didn’t know how to drive, but soon learned to operate a vehicle and obtained a driver’s license out of necessity. In 1985, Jean joined the Fort Bend Chapter of ABWA and has been a member ever since.
For the next 10 years, Jean was the primary provider and caregiver for her husband during his illness, while being a mother to two children, working full-time and being involved with other civic organizations in her community. Jean is a lifetime member of the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce and was honored with the Vicky Hamilton Memorial Award a few years ago. Jean is also a long-time member of the Missouri City Community Association, where she has served on several bond election committees and the board of directors. She received the Missouri City Community Service Award for her involvement.
Both Mary and Jean have been recipients of prestigious ABWA chapter awards such as Woman of Excellence, Woman of the Year, Top Ten Award and Inner Circle Award.
The Fort Bend Chapter of ABWA meets the first Thursday of every month at Sugar Land Marriott Town Square’s The Burning Pear located at 16090 City Walk in Sugar Land, TX. Networking begins at 5:30 p.m. with the meeting starting at 6:30 p.m., with dinner and a speaker.
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