The Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce will recognize Marilyn B. Pauly, Vice Chairman of Commerce Bank, as the 2016 Uncommon Citizen at the Honors Night annual celebration on Thursday, April 7.
The award of Uncommon Citizen was established in 1974, and is the most prestigious award that the Chamber gives to an individual. The award for Uncommon Citizen recognizes those who, year after year, by their individual efforts, have made uncommon contributions to people and institutions in Wichita and the surrounding area. This honor celebrates not only the recipients’ role in business but also for their participation in civic, cultural, social and philanthropic activities.
Pauly has been dedicated to her family, her job and the city of Wichita for several years. Beginning her banking career at the Fourth National Bank, Pauly currently serves as Vice Chairman at Commerce Bank. Pauly graduated from Wichita State University, and has received many business and civic awards and honors.
Having donated innumerable hours to a variety of local organizations, Pauly is very involved with volunteer work. She is currently serving as Chairman of the Board of the Wichita State University Foundation, as well as serving on the boards of the YMCA of Wichita, United Way of the Plains, Heartspring Foundation and Women of Wichita, Inc.
"Marilyn Pauly’s roots as a trailblazer in business and community affairs go back 47 years, to her first part-time job in banking while she was getting her business degree at WSU,” Wichita State University President John Bardo said. “Her rise to professional prominence has run parallel to her public service contributions, and we benefit today from her leadership of the WSU Foundation Board of Directors and her unstinting support for the university."