City renames street after MTM Recognition founder Dave Smith
By Alyssa Dalley-Schofield
Midwest City Beacon
The City of Del City honored MTM Recognition chairman and founder, Dave Smith, or Big Dave, by renaming a part of S. Glenn Ave. to Dave Smith Dr.
MTM Recognition and The City of Del City held a ribbon cutting ceremony Wednesday. The company and city leaders gathered for the reveal of the new street sign near the company headquarters at 3405 SE 29th St.
“It’s to honor the chairman and founder of MTM Recognition, or Midwest Trophy as it was formerly known, to honor Dave’s legacy and his life and the work and the contributions to the community he’s made over the past 52/53 years,” said Vice President of Business Development, Ashley Hurney.
Vice President of Operations, Bob Thomas was the man to bring the idea to Council.
“He came to the council and gave a presentation suggesting that we honor Dave through the street, Glenn Ave. is just a short two block street and their company is situated on both sides so they dominate the street and it was his suggestion that we change that name,” said Mayor Floyd Eason. “Council voted for it, everybody supported it and the rest is history.”
Dave Smith founded the company in 1971. MTM Recognition produces awards and employee recognition programs for companies globally with the headquarters in the heart of Del City.
“Dave has had opportunities to move to other communities and he always stayed in Del City and I admire him greatly for that,” said Eason. “He has been loyal to our city and we just want to pay back some of that loyalty.”