Chamber Chat: Chamber Banquet, Part 2

Feb 18

By Meg Moss

 

The Chamber Annual Membership Banquet took place on February 6th, and this is the second article in a series highlighting the community and business award winners honored the night of the banquet.
 

This week, I’ll be highlighting the Business Advocate of the Year Award winners, Greg and Nancy Adams, owners of the local Piggly Wiggly stores of Broadway and Sanford; and the winner of the Chamber Dedicated Service Award, Jerry Pedley, owner of Mertek Solutions.
 

Greg and Nancy Adams opened the Broadway Piggly Wiggly in 2001, and the Sanford store in 2005. To say the Adams advocate for the success of our local business owners is putting it mildly.  They have made significant contributions to our business community, are vocal about shopping local, support our non-profits by being generous financial contributors, and are respected leaders in the business community. They advocate for a stronger business community by supporting nonprofits that train our future workforce. They are current or former board members of the Salvation Army, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Carolina, and the Stevens Center, all of whom support or train people who are our future workforce. And if that’s not good for business, I don’t know what is.
 

Ultimately, it’s more about the community around them than it is their own business. These are the people in our community who roll up their sleeves and do what is necessary to help others succeed. The Adams have a willingness to serve others with vision and purpose without seeking personal gain.

 

The Chamber Dedicated Service Award gives recognition to someone who has demonstrated exceptional support of the Chamber of Commerce, and has made Sanford and Lee County a better place to live, work, and play.

 

Jerry Pedley fits that mold. Over the years, he has been involved in business, and the educational advancement for others. He serves as a role model and mentor for present and future generations in our Chamber and community.

 

Years ago, Pedley was looking for a way to get involved and give back to our community. He learned that Chamber involvement could be just the way to do it. It wasn’t long before he sat on the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, and eventually served as the Board Chair.  Over the years he also served on the Chamber Education Committee, and currently serves on the Board of the Sanford Area Growth Alliance.

 

Pedley serves on advisory boards for the Academy of Engineering at the local high schools, and on several advisory boards at Central Carolina Community College. He has been described as “one of the most involved and knowledgeable members of the curriculum’s team.” In 2016, he received the Outstanding Business and Industry Award from the North Carolina Science, Mathematics and Technology Education Center. And just months ago, he was one of just three US business leaders recognized by the National Academy Foundation for providing educational opportunities for high school and college students.

 

With the statewide and nationwide reputation he has earned as an “employer of choice”, he could draw talent from anywhere, but our winner continues to “keep it local”, looking to Central Carolina Community College as his primary source for workers and worker training, because it’s a benefit to the whole community.
 

In addition to all of these accolades, Pedley is simply a great business man. In December 2017, his business, Mertek Solutions was named Small Business of the Year by Business North Carolina.
 

Both the Adams family, and Jerry Pedley are well deserving of the awards they received the evening of the Chamber Annual Membership Banquet. In next week’s Chamber Chat article, I’ll conclude this series by highlighting the winners of the Small Business of the Year, and the Chairman’s Choice Award.
 

The full list of local winners are the Business Advocate of the Year honorees, Greg and Nancy Adams, owners of the Piggly Wiggly stores in Broadway and Sanford; the winner of the Chamber Dedicated Service Award, Jerry Pedley, the owner of Mertek Solutions; the Small Business of the Year Award winner, Comfort First Heating and Cooling, owned by Art Harmon and Wes McLeod; and the winner of the Chairman’s Choice Award, Kelly Hazen Klug, owner of Lighthouse Documentation and Training. 



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