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J.B. Waggoner, 2011 Business Person of the Year


(Photo by Jim Steele)

J.B. Waggoner, left, receives the Fayette Rotary 2011 Business Leader of the Year plaque from Jim Steele, club coordinator for the selection process. The award has been given annually since 1984.

J.B. Waggoner, managing partner of Inovatia Laboratories and a longtime civic leader here, has been named Fayette Rotaryís 2011 Business Leader of the Year.

The presentation came during the clubís regular meeting Wednesday.

 A native of Fulton, he graduated with a music degree from Central Methodist University in 1991. A few years later, he and his father-in-law, Rhys Thomas, began Fayette Environmental Services, now Inovatia ó a research, testing, and consulting facility providing analytical services to customers with specific needs in matters related to chemistry.

The company soon gained a reputation for giving high quality, scientifically defensible, and cost-effective results. Focusing on customer needs contributed significantly to rapid growth nationwide.

Waggoner did not limit his work only to business. He earned a master of music degree from MU in 1994 and served at CMU as a music adjunct instructor. He was later honored with CMUís 1997ís Distinguished Young Alumni Award. Currently he is member of Centralís Board of Trustees.

In addition to having membership in professional organizations, Waggoner has been active in various community endeavors. He is a former Fayette mayor and for a number of years was on the city council. He continues to serve on city committees dealing with water and waste-water issues, in addition to the R-III technology committee and Commercial Trustís board of directors.

He also was among those who founded the Howard County Community Foundation and continues to serve on its board.

Waggoner was an early organizer of the Fayette Armstrong Community Betterment Group which later recognized him with a special leadership award.

Other civic involvements include Rotary Club, the Chamber of Commerce board, the Fayette Round Table Club, Optimists, and (formerly) the Summer Rec Board, among others.

He also is an active member of the Fayette Church of Christ.

He and his wife, Dori, are the parents of a 16-year-old son, Thomas.

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