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Stephanie Fuemmeler
2012 Business Person of the Year

(Photo by Roger Lembke)

Stephanie Fuemmeler (left) is this year's Fayette Rotary Club Business Leader of the Year (2012) recipient.  Presenting the award is Club representative Jim Steele.

Well-known Howard County businesswoman Stephanie Fuemmeler was recognized Wednesday, May 23, as Fayette’s 2012 Business Leader of the Year. The award has been presented annually since 1984 by the Fayette Rotary Club.

At right, Fuemmeler is congratulated by club member Jim Steele who chaired the election process.

Reared on a farm in Saline County, this year’s recipient developed leadership skills at an early age in 4-H and FFA, finding she had a taste for both challenges and adventure. During her first year of showing livestock she won both the American Royal State Fair and Denver National Western.

Following graduation from the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, Fuemmeler started on an impressive career in business management with her experience encompassing restaurants, gift shops, clothing stores, convenience stores, a 1,000-unit apartment complex, real estate, and legal offices. She also worked in the airline industry and for several years was a flight attendant.

Stephaine and her husband, Scott, have been married 17 years and have a 15-year-old son, Garrett. Together, Stephanie and Scott own six monument showrooms as part of the Audsley Monument Co., in addition to several rental properties. They reside in Glasgow and are active in St. Mary’s Church there.

They also own Market Street Floral, with locations in Fayette and Glasgow. Recently the Fayette location was expanded to include a bakery and tea shop, as well as dry cleaning, travel services and wine sales.

Over the years, Stephanie has been widely involved in a long list of civic and community undertakings focused on improving the quality of life in Glasgow, Fayette and beyond. Currently she is spearheading a project to secure funds which will go toward erection of a large multi-purpose community building to be located at the Howard County Fairgrounds. -- James H. Steele