Chamber hears from former Gov. Nathan Deal, presents awards

The Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce celebrated its 2019 accomplishments and announced its 2020 primary goals during the organization’s 49th Annual Meeting held Thursday.

Former Gov. Nathan Deal was the keynote speaker and spoke about Georgia’s successes and the positive future for the state’s businesses and citizens, singling out Cherokee County for its quality growth.

“You’re doing a good job,” Deal said. “Keep it up.”

In the changing of the guard, outgoing Board Chairman John Barker, owner of Delphi Global Technology, passed the gavel to incoming Chairman David Simmons, Chattahoochee Technical College vice president for facilities.

“In 2019, over 5,025 current & future members attended the variety of events offered by the Chamber, while 189 new members were recruited to the Chamber bringing our year-end membership total to 1,053 resulting in a 2019 Membership Retention Rate of 83%”, Barker said.

Simmons announced the Chamber’s primary goals for 2020, which are to connect leaders, create business growth opportunities and cultivate member-to-member relationships. He also shared the overall organizational goals for 2020 which are to enhance existing programs and increase the net membership by 5%.

Volunteers recognized for completing a three-year term on the Chamber Board included Zach Blend, Goshen Valley Foundation; Kelly Geiken, Edward Jones; Mark Goddard, Cobb EMC; Vic Knight; Kathy Lambert, Cherokee County and Janet Read, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Immediate Past Chairwoman Julianne Rivera, Owner of Sold by Julianne — Keller Williams Atlanta North, was recognized for her seven years of service.

The newly elected Board members, who will serve until December, 2022, include Lori Baker, Next Step Ministries; Will Goodwin, Oak Leaf Church; Randy Gravley, WLJA 101.1 FM/Enjoy! Cherokee Magazine; Amy Leatherman, Universal Alloy Corp.; Karen Mathews, Reinhardt University; Trey Ragsdale, Kaiser Permanente and Rick Rowland, United Community Bank.

Among the awards presented were:

 ♦Allegro Business Products, 2020 Small Business of the Year;

 ♦Live Clean, Inc., 2020 Excellence in Customer Service Award honoree;

 ♦Non-Profit of the Year award was presented to The Children’s Haven, Inc.

 ♦The 2019 Chairman’s Council “Joan McFather Volunteer of the Year Award” was presented to John Wallace, Field Representative for US Congressman Barry Loudermilk; and

 ♦The Going Green Business of the Year, chosen based upon commitment to environmental excellence as well as implementation of additional green tactics within their business, was awarded

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