2019 West Volusia Citizen of the Year:

Brad Strickland

We honor the late Brad Stickland, owner of Trophy Factory Plus Framing, and beloved father, husband and Rotarian.


This year the DeLand Breakfast Rotary has posthumously awarded the West Volusian of the Year Award to Brad Strickland.


Brad was raised in DeLand and was a graduate of DeLand High School (1993). He got an early start in community involvement while in high school as an active member of the Key Club. 


Upon completing his degree at UCF, he returned to DeLand to work and start a family. He married his wife Leann and stated raising their two boys: Jacob and Gavin. 


Brad worked at Express Printing, DeLand, for a number of years before purchasing Trophy Factory Plus Framing in 2006. He continued his community involvement as a member of the DeLand Rotary Club where he was a longtime member and served as President. He would go on to serve on the Fall Festival of the Arts Board for many years and became Chairman of the event too. Further, Brad served on the board of Volusia Honor Air for all 10 flights and was chairman for one of the flights. 


As the owner of his Downtown DeLand business, Brad valued the DeLand/West Volusia community and made it part of his business model to support local events and charities. You could often find Brad with his Rotary Club members raising the American flag around town on patriotic holidays, or walking the Fall Festival to see if anyone needed a hand. 


His work at Trophy Factory would have him involved in countless charities; very rarely did anyone get turned away empty handed.  If Brad wasn't on the board or running the event, he was most certainly there in attendance. 


Brad's dedication to making this community a better place is unquestioned. His endless pursuit of perfection and tireless work ethic always had him involved, and always made him someone you could count on. 


From car crashes in the middle of the afternoon to loading WW II vets on to an airplane at 4 a.m., you could always count on Brad to be there and support the effort. 


Rotary, DeLand and our entire community will miss Brad's infectious smile and giving heart. “Be Like Brad” has become a battle cry from those who new and loved Brad. It would be a great motto for our community too. 

Each year during the Wild Game Feast, the DeLand Breakfast Rotary honors a West Volusian with the coveted "West Volusia Citizen of the Year" award.

 

Past recipients of the West Volusia Citizen of the Year award are:

 

  • Lyle Wadsworth, MD (2018) 
  • Ed Lacey (2017)
  • Freedom Playground Committee (2016)
  • Jennifer White (2015)
  • Mamie Oatis (2014)
  • Jerry Frierson (2013)
  • Linda Ryan (2012)
  • Cecil "Paul" Jones (2011)
  • Pastor Owen Strickland (2010)
  • Doug Lee (2009)
  • Bill Duff (2008)
  • Robbie Robertson (2007)
  • Teresa Apgar (2006)
  • Tom Bevis (2005)
  • Taver Cornett (2004)
  • Stephen Blais (2003)
  • Bob Apgar (2002)
  • Ann Rogers-Fox Grell (2001)
  • Donald Lefils Jr. (2000)
  • Mrs. Hawtense Conrad (1999)
  • Bo Davenport (1998)
  • Larry Sands (1997)
  • Johanna Knox (1996)
  • Juanita McNeil (1995)
  • Rev. David Suellau (1994)
  • Bill Dreggors (1993)