Corporate Citizen Award | Speaks Chapels

Toast to Our Towns

Toast to Our Towns

September 25, 2021

Businesses Giving Back

Each year, Truman Heartland recognizes a corporate citizen whose generosity in charitable giving tremendously impacts the region we serve. Our community is a generous one and we consider it a privilege to recognize those companies whose philanthropy makes our community a better place to live and serve.


The 2020 Corporate Citizen of the Year was Speaks Chapels.


Speaks ChapelsSpeaks Chapels is making a positive impact in the community through their business and community engagement.

Established in 1936, Speaks Chapels has been serving the Eastern Jackson County community for more than 80 years. A third-generation family-owned funeral provider, Speaks Chapels supports the community during times of grief and through their commitment to philanthropy.

Under the leadership of President and CEO Brad Speaks, Speaks Chapels’ employees share their time and talents with nonprofits throughout the region. Over the years, Speaks and his team have volunteered and served on the Boards of several nonprofits, including the Independence Chamber of Commerce, Economic Development Council, Independence Rotary Club, Fort Osage Educational Foundation, Meals on Wheels, Kiwanis Club, Neighborhood Dinner and Truman Heartland Community Foundation.

Speaks’ focus on philanthropy stems from a belief that all people are of worth and that a genuine community cares for its own. They support causes that improve the lives of people, lending their financial support to nonprofits like Hillcrest Transitional Housing, Community Services League, KC Scholars and Child Abuse Prevention Association, and to projects that improve the fabric of the community on a macro level, like the Independence Farmers Market and Harry S. Truman Library and Museum renovations.



Past Recipients

2019 – GEHA
2018 – Tingle Flooring
2017 – Cable-Dahmer Automotive Group
2016 – Missouri Mavericks
2015 – Mid-Continent Public Library
2014 – Corporate Copy Print
2013 – Silverstein Eye Centers
2011 – Rotary District 6040, Heartland Service Award
2010 – Centerpoint Medical Center
2009 – Data Systems International
2008 – MeraVic
2006 – The EXAMINER
2005 – Meyer Music
2004 – Haldex
2003 – Commerce Bank
2002 – Jim Kidwell Construction
2001 – American Sterling Bank
2000 – Blue Ridge Bank & Trust



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