Chamber shares honors at annual banquet
Hundreds of local, state and federal business leaders, the event celebrated and saluted the 2017 accomplishments of the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce at its 13th Annual Banquet and Business Showcase at the Columbia County Exhibition Center.
Chamber President and CEO Tammy Shepherd and 2017 Board of Directors Chairman Shawn Vincent of Augusta University presented the awards for Ambassador of the Year and Volunteer of the Year, respectively, to Doressa Hawes of Augusta Magazine and Nicole Hayes of Jan-Pro Augusta/Aiken.
A highlight of the evening was the ceremonial passing of the flag of leadership from outgoing Chairman Vincent to 2018 Chairman Robbie Moore, Executive Vice President with Blanchard & Calhoun Insurance. In his remarks, Moore expressed his appreciation to the Board for the confidence shown in him and relayed his goals and aspirations for the upcoming year.
The Chamber presented several awards.
The Lifetime Achievement Award, given annually since 2005, seeks to honor a community leader for his or her professional and philanthropic achievements. This year’s winner, Dr. Tom Clark, was recognized for his community service as executive director of the CSRA Alliance for Fort Gordon, along with his decorated military career, and his volunteer efforts within the Chamber.
The Chamber named Allen-Batchelor Construction as Business of the Year, and Premier Networx the Small Business of the Year. The Leadership Columbia County Alumni Award went to former Chamber Chair Angela Brock of The Cleveland Group CPAs.
The banquet was presented by South State Bank. Premier-level sponsors were Doctors Hospital, Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, Savannah River Remediation and Premier Networx. Executive-level sponsors were Allegra Marketing, ADP, AT&T, The Cleveland Group CPAs and Georgia Power. Corporate-level sponsors: were Bill Beazley Homes, Herbert Homes, and Ivey Homes.
The event was held Feb. 8.