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Steve Plowman -- Alpena Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Citizen of the Year

Alpena’s Steve Plowman, left, accepts a plaque from Alpena High School Principal Tom Berriman after Plowman was named the Alpena Area Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Citizen of the Year. The award was presented during the annual chamber dinner at the APlex Thursday, February 6, 2020.

ALPENA — The Alpena Area Chamber of Commerce’s Outstanding Citizen of the Year award is probably the most prestigious honor locally bestowed upon someone.

During Thursday’s annual chamber dinner, Steve Plowman was announced as the 2019 winner. The winner’s name is kept secret until it is announced.

Plowman is a longtime owner of Plowman’s Collision and very active in the community. He serves in many groups and organizations and is always one of the first people to lend a hand, tool or equipment when there is work that needs to be done.

A surprised Plowman addressed the crowd after he accepted the plaque that was dedicated to him. He said there are many others in Alpena who are deserving and he is honored to be recognized by fellow residents.

“This is a very big honor and I’m in a room full of people who are just as deserving, who I know do just as much or not more,” Plowman said. “It is an honor to be recognized in this kind of company.”

Before his named was announced, Plowman sat with his friends and family, some of which were aware of what was about to happen as Alpena High School Principal Tom Berriman listed off all of the winner’s accomplishments and good deeds. Many in the crowd began to put two and two together as to who the winner was.

Berriman shared with the crowd how Plowman is an avid volunteer, helps with community beatification projects, and is on non-profit boards in the area. Plowman is known for helping his church, helping coach youth sports and the list went on and on.

The Alpena News Photo by Steve Schulwitz

Steve and Ruth Plowman

Plowman said he has a deep love for Alpena and the residents who live in it, and he does what he does not for recognition, but as a way to give back to it. As he often does, Plowman gave others credit for many of the good things that are happening in Alpena, including the South Bay group, which he is a founding member of, which is pushing to revitalize the U.S.-23 South corridor.


“I grew up in the Alpena and I love the Alpena area,” he said. “I remember when there wasn’t a lot going on here and have seen it grow after being stagnant for years. It’s super to see the improvements in the south corridor, and that is a fantastic group of guys who are visionaries. They have amazing ideas and it’s super to be able to work with them.”

Article first appeared in The Alpena News by Steve Schulwitz, who can be reached at 989-358-5689 at Follow him on Twitter