Three major business awards were presented during the annual meeting of the Lake of the Ozarks Regional Economic Development Council Jan. 23 at the Country Club Hotel and Spa.

Three major business awards were presented during the annual meeting of the Lake of the Ozarks Regional Economic Development Council Jan. 23 at the Country Club Hotel and Spa.

•The 2013 Business Partner of the Year was awarded to Dierbergs Lakeview Pointe.

•2013 Business Person of the Year was awarded to Phyllis Marose of Putt N Stuff Family Fun Center.

•2013 Emerging Enterprise of the Year was awarded to Kirby Liesmann of Kirby’s School of Wake.

2013 Business Partner of the Year

Dierbergs not only brought a viable business to the lake — being the 25th Dierbergs Market to open — but also brought Dick’s Sporting Goods and Bed, Bath and Beyond as well. Dierbergs has provided numerous good-paying jobs for our area residents and a boost to the overall economy of the Lake. More importantly, since they have been open, over 45 businesses and charities have been on the receiving end of their generosity.

Store Manager Jeff Gloss and Brent Beumer, director of real estate for Dierbergs Markets, Inc., were on hand to accept the award. Beumer thanked Osage Beach Mayor Penny Lyons, City Administrator Nancy Viselli and the board of aldermen for the collaborative effort to build their store in Osage Beach.

2013 Business Person of the Year

Marose arrived in 1964 and she and her husband, David, owned and operated Sherwood Restaurant and Resort for eight years. After that, they developed, built and sold many spec homes in a subdivision now known as Harbor Heights and La Bonita Harbor. They then operated the original Minit Mart and built Capt. Hooks Restaurant and Pub, which they operated for five years.

She and her husband then bought property across from the Osage Premium Outlet and developed three successful miniature golf courses, a gift shop and a go-kart track. Eight years later they sold the property, which is now Miner Mike’s and Busters. Next they purchased property west of the Grand Glaize Bridge and developed two more miniature golf courses, a large figure-eight go-kart track and a bumper car building.

During the 1980s, Marose served on the Lake Area Chamber Board and was president for one year. She was instrumental in forming the Lake Lights Festival. She is currently on the Lake of the Ozarks Convention and Visitors’ Bureau Board.

2013 Emerging Enterprise of the Year

In 2008, Liesmann was living his dream — he was a national champion wake boarder and competing in events in the United States and Canada. His passion for wakeboarding inspired him to give private lessons for anyone interested in this sport. He was taking classes at State Fair Community College and he created a business plan, which helped him attract new students, while contributing to the marketability of the lake area for fun and recreation.

Kirby initiated a partnership with Wake Effects in Osage Beach to offer wakeboarding classes and he is now affiliated with MarineMax in Lake Ozark and Osage Beach. Liesmann has seen tremendous growth in his Kirby’s School of Wake – teaching 120 students in 2010, 300 in 2011 and 420 in 2012. He also created the Eternal Riders wakeboarding camp at Camp Windermere and helped bring BROstock to the lake. Kirby completed his classes for his associate’s degree at State Fair and is now taking classes in pursuit of a bachelor’s degree.


LORDEC members heard from representatives from Camden and Miller counties.

Staff from the cities of Camdenton, Eldon, Lake Ozark, Sunrise Beach and Osage Beach provided information about what is happening in their counties and cities. This was followed by representatives of the Lake Area Chamber, Camdenton Area Chamber, and the Eldon Chamber providing updates.

Corey ten Bensel from Co-Mo Electric gave the update for Morgan County, the cities of Laurie and Versailles and the Lake West Chamber. He also presented information from Superintendent Joyce Ryerson of Morgan County R-II schools, who was unable to attend.

Representatives from Ameren Missouri, Co-Mo Electric, Lake Regional Health Services, Central Bank Lake of the Ozarks and First Bank of the Lake updated the group on economic development for their respective areas. Linda Conner, executive director of the Lake of the Ozarks Council of Local Governments (LOCLG), provided information about what the LOCLG accomplished in 2013 and plans for 2014. Superintendent of Eldon Schools Matt Davis, Superintendent of Camdenton Schools Tim Hadfield, Superintendent of School of the Osage Brent Depeé, and Brenda Bryan and John McMahon of State Fair Community College talked about their respective schools.

Stacy Burks of U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt’s office and Luke Holtschneider of the Missouri Department of Economic Development also gave presentations.