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
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
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
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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