Thorndale chamber rewards cream of the crop

Well known for his volunteerism, Buddy Johnson is citizen of the year
By DARLEEN TUCKER
TACC Secretary


Thorndale Chamber of Commerce winners for 2010 are Kenneth Biehle, agribusiness; Louis Alvarez, business person; Buddy Johnson, citizen of year; Karima Ebrahim, outstanding student; Mason and Morris Krueger, farmers. Thorndale Chamber of Commerce winners for 2010 are Kenneth Biehle, agribusiness; Louis Alvarez, business person; Buddy Johnson, citizen of year; Karima Ebrahim, outstanding student; Mason and Morris Krueger, farmers. The Thorndale Area Chamber of Commerce Awards Open House was held May 24 at the TACC Building, honoring their outstanding citizens for 2010.

Awards were presented to Cit izen of t he Year Buddy Johnson, Business Person of the Year Louis Alvarez of the Downtown Cafe, Farmers of the Year Morris and Mason K rueger of K rueger Farms, Agribusiness Person of the Year Kenneth Biehle of Biehle Greyhound Farm and Outstanding Student Karima Ebrahim.

Citizen of the year Buddy Johnson

Buddy Johnson is wellknown for his volunteerism. Many fund-raising efforts have been blessed with his expertise in auctioneering to help raise money for worthy causes.

As owner of Buddy Johnson Auctions, he has raised funds for Relay For Life, Thorndale Volunteer Firemen, St. Paul and St. John Lutheran churches and many other churches in the Central Texas area.

He also serves as an adult leader and volunteer in the Thor nda le 4- H Club leading the Grass ID teams from Milam County to statewide fame for their many first place awards at the Houston, Ft. Worth, San Antonio and other livestock shows as well as district and state competitions in 4-H.

In addition, Buddy serves as president of Thorndale Coop Gin and Grain, chairman of the congregation at St. Paul Lutheran Church and coached girls softball and boys baseball teams.

Buddy stated that his great- est accomplishment, along with his wife Marilyn, has been raising three daughters and a son.

Business person Louis Alvarez

Louis Alvarez is owner of the Downtown Cafe in Thorndale.

Since he f irst entered t he business world at age sixteen as the owner of Louie’s Tiger Den in Dripping Springs, Louis has been a factor in many and varied restaurant ventures in Texas such as the Nutty Brown Cafe, Texas Tradition, JR Steak & BBQ, Mr. L’s and Boonie’s Restaurant, all in the Austin area.

He also opened a restaurant in Santa Monica, Califor nia for actress Christina Applegate called Zona Rosas.

Louis is also associated with BHR Consulting in Houston, which advises for major hotel, bar and restaurant chains.

Louis is also owner of Great Expectations Daycare in Thorndale. As a TACC director and member of the Economic Development Committee for the City of Thorndale, Louis is committed to improving the business climate in Thorndale.

Farmers Morris and Mason Kruger

Morris and Mason Krueger of Krueger Farms were honored for their operation located west of Thorndale.

Morris has been farming for ma ny yea rs g row ing wheat, corn, cotton and milo on farms from Thorndale to Hutto.

After graduating from Hutto High School, Morris received the Stiles Farm Foundation Scholarship and attended Texas A&M University.

He has served on the Hutto Co-op board and the Williamson County Grain board and in 1990 was honored by Taylor Chamber of Commerce as Agriculturist of the Year.

Joining his father after graduating from Thrall High School, son Mason Krueger is following a life-long dream to become a farmer. From a young age he would dr ive tractors and in 2009 rented his own farmland and began his own operation.

As fifth and sixth generation farmers, both Morris and Mason plan to continue what they love best, working the land and producing crops.

Agribusiness Kenneth Biehle

Do not tell Kenneth Biehle that something is impossible.

Kenneth and Darlene Biehle are owners of Biehle Greyhound Farm. As a barber in Thorndale, and then a guard at IGC, Kenneth dreamed of owning his own greyhound business. Everyone thought he was crazy, but he was not.

Biehle Greyhounds has been the number one money earner ma ny t ime s at t he A bi lene, Kansas Spring and Fall National Finals in greyhound racing. He is recognized throughout the industry and an outstanding and progressive breeder of greyhounds.

Kenneth has served on the board of directors for Texas Greyhound Association and is co- owner of K-Rod Kennels at Greyhound Park in La Marque. Kenneth has proved that you can make a ver y nice liv ing raising dogs.

Student Karima Ebrahim

Karima Ebrahim has an outstanding academic record, as well as a long list of community service activities.

Karima has been active in school organizations such as National Honor Society as vicepresident, UIL Poetry and Science, peer tutoring in Algebra II, and FCCLA as vice-president. Volunteer service has included Relay For Life, Thorndale Cares, Brazos Valley Food Bank and working as a camp counselor and serving as a youth leader in her church.

Karima plans to become a neonata l nurse prac t it ioner af ter completing her college experience at Baylor University. She is also the recipient of the Thorndale A rea Chamber of Commerce $500 scholarship for community service.

The Thorndale Area Chamber of Commerce would like to thank the citizens of Thorndale for coming out to honor our outstanding citizens for 2010.


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