Bill Essmann was named the 2009 Blue Springs Outstanding Citizen of the Year on Friday night – at the very same place he serves as general manager.


Essmann assumed the characteristic humility that has brought him attention throughout the years in Blue Springs, speaking before the large crowd assembled Friday night for the Blue Springs Annual Chamber of Commerce banquet at the Adams Pointe Conference Center.

Bill Essmann was named the 2009 Blue Springs Outstanding Citizen of the Year on Friday night – at the very same place he serves as general manager.

Essmann assumed the characteristic humility that has brought him attention throughout the years in Blue Springs, speaking before the large crowd assembled Friday night for the Blue Springs Annual Chamber of Commerce banquet at the Adams Pointe Conference Center.

“I’m a little humbled and shocked,” Essmann said, thanking first his parents, whom he credited for raising him the right way and showing him by example the idea of selflessness.  

Nominated by St. Mary’s Medical Center, Essmann serves in several roles within and outside the Blue Springs community, specifically as a previous chairman of the Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce, an acting board member for both the Economic Development Corporation and the St. Mary’s Medical Center Foundation Board.

Aside from his parents and family, Essmann thanked his employer, Rockgate Management Company, and his co-workers, both of whom he credited with learning the spirit of teamwork and philanthropy.

Essmann joins a distinguished list of prior outstanding citizens – one of whom, last year’s winner Steve Steiner, presented the award to him. This year he was one of seven who were nominated by specific civic organizations in Blue Springs. They were Mary Potter, Chuck Zuvers, Rachel Powers, Darlene Jones, Dave Wright, and Jim Finley.

Essmann also serves as chairman of Blue Springs FIT, is a member of the Heart of America Council of Boy Scouts of America and the Blue Springs Rotary Club.

Yet as much as Essmann spoke highly of Blue Springs, he said there is more to do.

“I feel like I’m getting the award before the race is over,” he said, “because there’s a long way to go yet in Blue Springs.”