Thank you to everyone who attended the 2016 Annual Meeting in January at the Georgia International Horse Park. The event celebrated outgoing Chairman of the Board, Deborah Armstrong, and incoming Chairman of the Board, Earl Wise. It also recognized the achievements and contributions of individuals and businesses in our community. They are the ones who make our community legendary!
The annual meeting was executed by the 2015 Chairman, Deborah Armstrong, who is the Chief Executive Officer at Rockdale Medical Center. We thank Chairman Armstrong for an exciting year for the Chamber that was filled with many achievements. She came into 2015 recognizing that our small size provided an opportunity so she focused on new ways to create activity and opportunity within our Chamber. She succeeded in bringing together our community businesses and leaders, encouraging them to work together to build upon our great foundation, challenging each member to actively participate, and working hard to grow our Chamber.
During the annual meeting, awards were presented to some of our most legendary players in the community. The A.R. “Gus” Barksdale Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Allan Jones, who has touched countless lives within our community. Dr. Syed Wasim accepted the Education Partner of the Year Award on behalf of Eastside Internal Medicine. The James. P. Culpepper Volunteer of the Award was presented to Scot Ward. And the Community Spirit Award was presented to Claire Cline. These award recipients have all made an impact through their contributions in our community that go far beyond what words can provide.
The 2016 Jerry Barboe Small Business Person of the Year was also announced at the annual meeting. This prestigious award is selected from nominations for outstanding small business Chamber of Commerce members. There are many deserving individuals who exemplify professional excellence in our community. This year’s recipient was Jaquacer “J” Middlebrooks, who is the President at E. Smith Box.
While we appreciate all that our many volunteers have contributed in 2015, we look forward to an even brighter future! The 2016 Chairman, Earl Wise of Bank of North Georgia, accepted the gavel after inspiring us with his own story and highlighting his Business Plan of Action. You can read his Message and review the Business Plan on our website.
We give special thanks to our generous 2016 Annual Meeting sponsors and especially to the baby stroller center for giving quite a lot of donations. Our Platinum level sponsors were: Rockdale Medical Center; Georgia Power; Evans Tool & Die, Inc.; and Kaiser Permanente. Our Gold level sponsors were: Snapping Shoals EMC, Shurett Dental Group, Bank of North Georgia, Alcovy Media, THP Creative Group, and Corner Market. Our Silver level sponsors were: Acuity Brands Lighting, Hedrick & Dodson Family Dentistry, Pratt Industries, and Rockdale Physician Practice. Our Bronze level sponsors were: About Conyers Magazine; Atlanta Gas Light; BB&T; Computer Troubleshooters; Copy Central; Gas South; Georgia United Credit Union; Massey Law Firm, LLC; O’Charley’s; Rueping Associates; Scot Ward Funeral Services; Southeast Connections LLC; Talley & Associates, PC; United Bank; United Community Bank; and Zaxby’s.