Awards Presented to Local Leaders at 68th Annual Meeting for the Boone Area Chamber of Commerce Yesterday

Published Friday, August 4, 2017 at 2:33 pm

A record crowd turned out for the 68th Annual Meeting for the Boone Area Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, August 3. Held for the first time at the A.S.U. Holmes Convocation Center, the event was sponsored by SkyLine/SkyBest and attended by approximately 475 Chamber members and guests.


SkyLine/SkyBest was the corporate sponsor of the night’s event.

Guests bid on silent auction items and experiences from local businesses, with a portion of the proceeds benefitting the Watauga County Veterans Memorial project for Downtown Boone. David Jackson, President of the Chamber, welcomed the crowd and presented a review of recent projects and the vision for the upcoming year, highlighting programs such as the “One Thing” project, and the Human Relations Committee, designed to help area businesses.


A silent auction raised funds for the Watauga County Veterans Memorial project.

“We’re not just looking at how to recruit talent to our community, but how to keep them hooked while they’re here,” said Jackson. “We want to attract and retain the best folks for our employers.”


U.S. Representative Virginia Foxx examines the materials for the Watauga County Veterans Memorial project.

Twenty-four participants in the Watauga Leadership Challenge, a seven month program providing a comprehensive overview of the community and designed to develop community leadership, were presented their graduation certificates at the event. Awards were also given for outstanding individuals and companies in the community.


The graduating class of the Watauga Leadership Challenge, with a donation to the Watauga County Sheriff Department for bullet proof vests for the canine unit.

The Wade Brown Community Recognition Award, sponsored by the Boone Golf Club, was awarded to Matt Vincent and the VPC Builders for their involvement and support of the High Country community.

Matt Vincent accepts the Wade Brown Community Recognition Award.

Mayor Pro-Tem Lynn Mason presented the Ben Suttle Award for Volunteerism, sponsored by Greene Construction, to the team of Blood, Sweat and Gears, a fund raising non-profit group
that supports area charities through bike riding.

The team from Blood, Sweat and Gears is recognized with the Ben Suttle Award for Volunteerism.

The Sue W. Wilmooth Award for Tourism Advancement, sponsored by the Boone & Watauga Tourism Development Authorities, was awarded to Michelle Ligon, the Director of Public
Relations at Explore Boone.

Michelle Ligon, the Director of Public Relations at Explore Boone, accepts The Sue W. Wilmooth Award for Tourism Advancement.

Sponsored by LifeStore Bank, the Dan Meyer Partnership Award was presented to Dr. Scott St. Clair of Blue Ridge Pediatrics. Dr. St. Clair earned this award for his work on the High Country
Recreation Facility.

The Dan Meyer Partnership Award was presented to Dr. Scott St. Clair of Blue Ridge Pediatrics.

The everGreen Award for Sustainability, sponsored by Mast General Store, was awarded to the F.A.R.M Cafe, a non-profit “pay what you can” restaurant in Boone, using locally sourced food
and striving to end hunger in the High Country.


The everGreen Award for Sustainability, sponsored by Mast General Store, was awarded to the F.A.R.M Cafe.

In its inaugural year, the Woman-of-the-Year award was dedicated to Gillian Baker, the Vice President of Corporate Communications for Appalachian Regional Healthcare Systems, and
Susan Jones, the Watauga District Manager for Blue Ridge Energy. The first Baker/Jones award was given to Wendy Patoprsty, the director for the Middle Fork Greenway project.

The first Baker/Jones Woman-of-the-Year award was given to Wendy Patoprsty, the director for the Middle Fork Greenway project.

Finally, the Alfred Adams Award for Economic Development, sponsored by Wells Fargo Bank, was presented to Hospitality Mints, the largest supplier of custom mints in the U.S., and
headquartered in Boone.


The Alfred Adams Award for Economic Development, sponsored by Wells Fargo Bank, was presented to Hospitality Mints.

David Jackson spoke of the tremendous camaraderie among Chamber members.”Within our business community, non-profits, politicians and academia, we have the power to come together as a community and make things happen.”

 


John Cooper and Sheri Moretz of Mast General Store with Bob Campbell of the Boone Area Chamber.


U.S. Representative Virginia Foxx with Dr. John Thomas and Dr. Randy Edwards.

David Jackson, President of Boone Chamber

Staff from the Hampton Inn, corporate table sponsor


Courtyard Marriott table

Piedmont Federal table

Nationwide Insurance table


Highlands Union Bank table

A.S.U. Athletics table

Some of the graduates from this year’s Watauga Leadership Challenge class.

Chuck Eyler, past chair for the Chamber, and Rosa Ivey, president of the Rotary club, present proceeds from the High Country Toast to the Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture, The Jones House, and the Middle Fork Greenway project.


Karen Powell of SkyLine/SkyBest welcomes guests and provides an update on the sponsor’s services.

Edward Hinson of SkyLine/SkyBest

Chuck Eyler, Immediate Past Chair of the Boone Area Chamber of Commerce


Jonathan Lubkemann, incoming Chair of the Board of Directors for the Chamber

 

 

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