Nominations Open for Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards

Published Tuesday, March 14, 2017

The Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for three annual awards: The Ted A. Crozier Sr. Community Commitment Award, Boots to Suits: Veteran of the Year and Young Professional of the Year. Nominations must be received at the Chamber by Friday, April 7 and winners will be announced at the Chamber’s Annual Gala on Tuesday, May 9.

The Ted A. Crozier Sr. Community Commitment Award was named in honor of the late retired colonel following his death earlier this year. The award honors a Chamber member who has demonstrated leadership in organizations and activities that help improve the community and whose vision for community improvement is well regarded. Past winners include Dr. Alisa White (2016), Charles Foust (2015), Billy Atkins (2014), Dr. Mac Edington (2013), Khandra Smalley (2012), David Smith (2011), Charlie Koon (2010), Jim Durrett (2009), Jay Albertia (2008), Dr. Jeannie Beauchamp (2007) and Clay Powers (2006).

The Boots to Suits Award was first presented in 2016 to David Berggren, president at Furniture Connection Inc. This award recognizes a Clarksville military veteran who, through professional and personal efforts, is making a positive impact in the local business community. The winner will have a strong record of innovation or outstanding performance in his or her work and be actively involved in the community. This award is sponsored by a veteran and small business owner, Troy McNalley at Sporty’s Awards & Engraving.

The Young Professional of the Year will be awarded to an individual who is an active member of the Chamber’s Clarksville Young Professionals (CYP) Committee. This individual will have demonstrated enhanced leadership skills, involvement in social projects that make a positive difference in the city and dedication to moving Clarksville forward. Previous winners include Cheryl Moss (2016), Bradley Jackson (2015), Naomi Conner (2014) and Brandi Bryant (2013).

Lifetime Achievement and Ambassador of the Year Awards will also be presented on May 9. Previous winners Lifetime Achievement Award are Ted Crozier, Sr. (2016), Charles Hand (2015), Billy Atkins (2014), Ben Kimbrough (2013) and Jack Turner (2012). Previous winners of the Ambassador of the Year Award are Julie Parks (2012, 2013) Vicki Henson (2014, 2015, 2016).

Nomination forms are available online the Chamber’s website at www.clarksvillechamber.com/chamberawards and at www.clarksvillenow.com. Forms may also be requested at the Chamber at 25 Jefferson Street, Suite 300, or by phone at 931-647-2331. 

Nominations must be returned to Melinda Shepard, Chamber executive director, by Friday, April 7.

About the Chamber of Commerce

The Chamber of Commerce was established in 1905 to represent the interests of the business community and its membership by advancing community development, promoting the business and economic environment, and improving the welfare of the community by enhancing the quality of life in the region. Today, Chamber membership is composed of 1,625 individuals from 896 businesses and is located at 25 Jefferson Street, Suite 300. Learn more at www.clarksvillechamber.com.

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