Chamber Chat - Annual Chamber Membership Banquet

Feb 05

By Meg Moss


It was a grand evening for the Growth Alliance Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber Annual Membership Banquet took place this past Thursday at the Dennis A. Wicker Center. Approximately 300 people from various small businesses, and large industries, gathered to celebrate the accomplishments of businesses and individuals over the past year.


Months prior to the event, Chamber members at large made nominations for the award winners. Then a committee vetted out the nominees, and made the final determinations of the winners. One of my favorite parts of the Banquet is keeping the winners a surprise. As in year’s past, there was a celebration of applause when the winners were announced.


The Duke Energy Citizenship and Service Award was presented by Indira Everett, a district manager for the company. When she announced the winner as David Spivey, owner of Jones Printing, his wife, three children and their spouses beamed with pride at the recognition for Spivey’s accomplishments. Spivey is currently the Chairman of the Board for Central Carolina Hospital, and the YMCA of Lee County Board of Advisors Chairman. His volunteerism in our community dates back decades, and the causes he supports range from his church, to the United Way, Red Cross, and more.


Steven Ogle of Express Employment Professionals was recognized as the Ambassador of the Year. He donated approximately seventy hours of service to the work of the Chamber.


The Business Advocate of the Year was actually awarded to two individuals – the co-owners of Adcock and Associates, Steve Malloy and David Nestor. With all of the Adcock agents in attendance, a roaring round of applause filled the banquet hall. Malloy and Nestor were praised for working tirelessly to promote our business community, and for rolling up their sleeves to do what is necessary to help others succeed.


Theraplay, LLC was recognized as the Small Business of the Year, and was described as  “a beautiful private practice that employs four people and serves families with special needs children.” Owner Jeanine Morton, along with her mother and son were able to join in the celebration of her award. One of Jeanine’s greatest joys is spending time with her son, and it was nice to be able to show Devin what the Chamber of Commerce is all about.


The Chamber Dedicated Service Award was presented to Tommy Mann, Jr, an individual who is described as having a servant’s mentality. He has, and still is in some capacities serving on various boards and committees to assist non-profit organizations throughout Lee County. At the age of 24, he started his own gases and welding supply distributorship. Many of his employees stayed with him for 25 years or more. Mann was a two-time Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce, and continues to maintain his Chamber membership. He serves as a role model and mentor for present and future generations in our Chamber and our community.


The last award of the evening was the Richard Feindel Lifetime Achievement Award. The banquet marked the tenth year that the Chamber has awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award. Ten years ago, Feindel has a vision of an annual Lifetime Achievement Award, and with the help of his committee, selected nine outstanding North Carolinians to come to Sanford to be honored for their life’s work –  some of those award winners included country music legend Charlie Daniels, Governor Jim Hunt, Phil Ford, Larry Stogner, and last year, we honored Bobby Tomlinson, founder of the iconic beach band the Embers. It was entirely appropriate that in this tenth year, we honored another outstanding North Carolinian who is also a “hometown boy”. We were proud to honor Robert “Bob” Dalrymple, a national, state and local hero. From fighting in World War II, to serving in the North Carolina House of Representatives starting at age 25, to serving on our local school board during the time the Lee County and City of Sanford school boards merged, this local man has served  our community well. Along with his recognition, and via a generous donation from DMJ & Co, PLLC, the Chamber was able to present a check of $1,000 to Bob’s charity of choice. It was no surprise that Bob chose a local Lee County charity. At the end of the Banquet, Bob presented his check to the Christians United Outreach Center.


The evening would not have been possible without the event sponsors, to include Presenting Sponsors Coty, DMJ & Co., PLLC, First Health Convenient Care, and WWGP AM 1050/WFJA Oldies 105.5. Major Sponsors were Central Carolina Community College, Duke Energy, Mertek Solutions, Red Wolf, The Sanford Herald, and WLHC Life 103.1. Supporting Sponsors were Business Resource Management, Pfizer and Piggly Wiggly.

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