CHAMBER CELEBRATES DURING 50TH ANNUAL MEETING

The Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce reflected on 2020 while announcing 2021 primary goals during the organization’s 50th Annual Meeting held Wednesday, May 12.  Sponsored by Northside Hospital Cherokee, the event featured Georgia Governor Brian P. Kemp as the keynote speaker.

In 2021 the Chamber is focusing strategically through the Going Strong 2022 Resiliency Plan unveiled to the membership back in February; connecting leaders; creating business growth opportunities; cultivating member-to-member relations, enhancing existing programs, expanding member benefits, and increasing the organization’s net membership.  In the changing of the guard, outgoing Board Chair, David Simmons, Chattahoochee Technical College Vice President for Facilities, passed the gavel to 2021 Chair Adam Smith, Senior Vice President & Commercial Banker with Synovus.  The two previously passed the gavel virtually back in February.

Those volunteers recognized for completing a three-year term on the Chamber Board included Heather Blevins, Pampered Chef; Phil Eberly, Lead Edge Design Group; Tom Heard, Cherokee County Water & Sewerage Authority and Deidre Hollands.  Recognized for serving on the Chamber Board since May 2019, due to a mid-term resignation, was Tracey Satterfield Martin, Live Clean, Inc.  Immediate Past Chair John Barker, Owner of Delphi Global Technology, was recognized for his six years of service.

The following volunteers began their three-year terms on the Chamber Board in January: Dedre Brown, Georgia Department of Labor; Jeff Butterworth, Georgia Power Company; Sarah Gaither, iBeria Bank – a division of First Horizon Bank; Scott Gordon, CPL; Jennifer Puckett, In Harmony Pediatric Therapy; Janet Read-Welch, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Dr. Mark Roberts, Reinhardt University. “These new Board members bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the table.  I look forward to serving alongside of these volunteers along with those who will continue to serve on the Chamber Board as we work collaboratively to meet the Chamber’s mission,” shared Chairman Smith.

Among the awards presented was the 46th Annual First Citizen of Cherokee County recognition that was bestowed upon longtime Cherokee County resident Jim Lindenmayer. “The Cherokee County Chamber is honored to name Jim Lindenmayer as the 46th recipient of the prestigious First Citizen of Cherokee County Award.  The judges did an outstanding job in selecting him,” remarked Mr. Smith.

Additional accolades went to Killian Automotive, 2021 Small Business of the Year; In Harmony Pediatric Therapy, 2021 Excellence in Customer Service Award winner; and the Non-Profit of the Year award was presented to Cherokee FOCUS.  All three recipients were chosen by out-of-town judges just as the First Citizen is selected. The 2020 Chairman’s Council “Joan McFather Volunteer of the Year Award” was presented to Jay Street with ASC Group, as he best-exemplified on-going dedication throughout the past year as a Chamber Ambassador while contributing dozens of volunteer hours on the Chairman’s Council.  This award, bearing the name of longtime Chamber volunteer Joan McFather, has been given in her name since her death in 2019.

The mission of the Cherokee County Chamber, a Georgia Certified Chamber, is to promote business and the community while expanding the economy and enhancing the quality of life.  To learn more about the Chamber, visit CherokeeChamber.com.

 

Small Business of the Year Award: David Simmons (r), 2020 Chamber Chair and Vice President of Facilities with Chattahoochee Technical College, presented Tim Lanier (c), Owner of Killian Automotive, and Angie King, Director of Marketing & Communications, with the 2021 Small Business of the Year Award.

 

Excellence in Customer Service Award: David Simmons (r), 2020 Chamber Chair and Vice President of Facilities with Chattahoochee Technical College, presented Kristi Estes (l) and Jennifer Puckett (c), co-owners of In Harmony Pediatric Therapy, with the 2021 Excellence in Customer Service Award.

 

Non-Profit of the Year: David Simmons (r), 2020 Chamber Chair and Vice President of Facilities with Chattahoochee Technical College, presented Mike Zenchuck, Immediate Past Chair of Cherokee FOCUS, with the 2021 Non-Profit of the Year Award.

 

David Simmons (r), 2020 Chamber Chair and Vice President of Facilities with Chattahoochee Technical College presented Jay Street, ASC Group, with the 2020 Chairman’s Council Joan McFather Volunteer of the Year Award.