Family affair for the Whites

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes First Scott White honored his dad. Then it was Scott himself getting an even bigger honor. During the Keizer First Citizen and Awards Banquet on Jan. 23, there were 14 Pairings of Excellence recipients, with Scott, owner of Keizer Big Town Hero, honoring father Glenn White as “Big Town Hero Extraordinaire” for his help at the restaurant. Then it was time for the announcement of the 2015 Merchant of the Year. Joe Egli, last year’s recipient of the clock award, handled the introduction. “We get to add one person to the list that is more than qualified,” Egli said. “Everybody knows this person. Not because they advertise a lot, not because they spend a lot of money on things, it’s because they’re always out there doing things in our community. They’re always saying yes. Actually, they don’t ever actually say yes. If you ever have a conversation with this person, they won’t say yes and they won’t say no. They say ‘sure’ or ‘absolutely’ we can do this, no matter how dumb or stupid the idea. They make it happen. They take care of it. “They are enthusiastic about what they do.” he added. “The product they sell is a byproduct of their attitude. It’s a welcoming atmosphere every time you go in there. You always hear your name. This person is family....

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