O’FALLON – The O’Fallon-Shiloh Chamber of Commerce will celebrate its 43rd Annual Salute to Business Awards on Wednesday, April 10, at the Regency Conference Center.
Brad McMillin has a long history of development in the O’Fallon community. On Wednesday, April 10, McMillin will be recognized as a O’Fallon-Shiloh Chamber of Commerce Salute to Business award recipient for renovation of the historic City Hall.
Along with the Old City Hall renovation, McMillin’s most notable developments are:
• Beltone Hearing Aid Center – it was built 33 years ago, torn down and rebuilt 15 years ago.
• Western Sizzler – it was purchased and remodeled in 1993.
• The Econo Lodge (Quality Inn) – A new development for McMillin that was constructed in 2000
• The Peel building
• Unity Yoga & Wellness – remodeled in 2016
• Old City Hall – Purchased and renovated in 2018
• 1st Street Exchange – currently under construction
• TownPlace Suites by Marriott – currently under construction; expected to open late April of 2019.
“Unity Yoga & Wellness was certainly the most significant project to date,” McMillin said. “It holds a special place to me because my wife, Time McMillin owns and operates the business.”
“I’m accustomed to remodeling buildings for myself or for others within the community, but working on this project was a labor of love for both my wife and I,” he said.
McMillin said he grew up in a small town where there wasn’t a lot of development and growth.
“Being apart of a community that plans for its future residents is not only inspiring, but it creates a great atmosphere for residents and business alike.”
“For 33 years I have focused on growing the Midwest Beltone,” McMillin said. “Our corporate office in O’Fallon is the headquarters for what has become the largest Beltone dispenser.”
This year, Beltone will expand its offices to Florida and by the end of the year, Midwest Beltone will grow to over 130 locations.
McMillin said he is lucky to have experienced the growth of O’Fallon first hand.
“I watched cornfields transform into shopping malls and strip centers,” he said. “Corporations and hospitals have settled in for the along haul, making O’Fallon a career centered destination.”
“But, what is heartwarming to see is the resurgence of downtown O’Fallon. It’s a place where you can spend time with your family, dine, shop and play,” McMillin said.
“Brad McMillin is a champion of development in our community,” Chamber president Sid LeGrand said. “The renovation of Old City Hall is a wonderful testament to the history of downtown O’Fallon.”