Blossoming in Bosque

Meridian Chamber of Commerce honors Hyatt with Lifetime Achievement Award at annual banquet

MERIDIAN – With the spring come the blooms, and with that in mind, the Meridian Chamber of Commerce themed their annual banquet, “Bosque Blooms.”

Besides celebrating the town’s businesses and giving business owners a chance for fellowship, the banquet issues a Lifetime Achievement Award to individuals who over the years have offered outstanding service and continued commitment to the betterment of the Meridian community.

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Rancher and former local banker Todd Hyatt receives the 2020 Meridian Chamber of Commerce Lifetime Achievement Award from Meridian Chamber of Commerce President Jason Hurley and LAA committees Patti Wagner (top).

The 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award honored rancher and former banker Todd Hyatt.

Born in Beaumont, Hyatt came to Meridian after receiving his degree in Livestock and Ranch Management and went to work for Joe Marchman at his ranch. After that, he was recruited to work at the Bosque County Bank and later, First State Security Bank.

Mark Williamson who worked with Hyatt for many years at the bank, considers him dear friend enough to offer some humorous jabs in a letter – much to the banquet guests’ amusement.

But Williamson was also sincere in his praise.

“This man has displayed an uncommon loyalty to Meridian and Bosque County for almost four decades,” Williamson said in his letter. “He is an ambassador for Meridian because he loves it here and is committed to its advancement. Congratulations buddy, you deserve it.”

Throughout the years, Hyatt’s generosity has benefitted students through buying their livestock projects, the North Bosque Helping Hands food pantry, the National Championship Barbecue Cookoff and many other charitable organizations.

Since 2002, he has donated his time serving on the Meridian Independent School District school board, specifically assisting them with financial advice.

Hyatt also served on the NCBC board in various officer positions since the early 1990s. He is presently the NCBC Chairman.

Since most people receiving the award are a bit older, true to character, Hyatt displayed some humor himself on receiving the award, saying “Receiving this award, I guess it means it’s going downhill from here.”

Photos courtesy of CITY OF MERIDIAN & MERIDIAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

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