Over 320 business and community leaders gathered for the Fayette Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon Friday, January 16th at Dolce Atlanta-Peachtree. Always one of the chamber’s most anticipated events, this year’s Annual Meeting introduced the organization’s newly named president and CEO, Carlotta Ungaro. Ms. Ungaro was on-hand for the event and made some brief remarks to the attendees.
Also featured at this year’s meeting was internationally renowned artist and performer, Joe Castillo. Mr. Castillo presented highlights of Fayette County and its history through his unique “Sandstory” art presentation. Meeting attendees remarked about its creativity and how fortunate the community is to have such an artist as “one of our own citizens.”
“The chamber is pleased to host this gathering of Fayette County’s most influential business and civic leaders, whose hard work significantly benefits our community,” said Greg Detwiler, 2015 chamber Board Chairman. “Today we honored a select few of those leaders, but everyone in the room is an integral part of the planning and preparation for our county’s future opportunities.”
Several chamber members were recognized for their service and participation in the chamber in 2014. The following awards were given: Young Professional of the Year— Jon Hughes, Bank of North Georgia; Volunteer of the Year—Jeff Edwards, Jeffrey S. Edwards, CPA; Chet Wells Award—Trey Rasgdale, Kaiser Permanente.
The Dreambuilder Award for service to the Fayette County community was given to Marie Sams, founder of The Joseph Sams School.
Two awards for business excellence in 2014 were also given. Small Business of the Year was presented to NAECO, LLC. Outstanding Business Person of the Year was given to Bob Reeves of Accounting Resources for his longtime leadership in Fayette County and Metro-Atlanta Region.
To conclude the meeting, 2014 Board Chairman J. Michael Burnett, Piedmont Fayette Hospital, passed the chairman’s gavel to 2015 Board Chairman, Greg Detwiler, Georgia Power.
This year’s Annual Meeting was made possible by presenting sponsor, NCR Corporation. Other leading sponsors included Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America, Piedmont Fayette Hospital, Georgia Power, AT&T, and Cancer Treatment Centers of America. Small Business of the Year award was sponsored by Minuteman Press-Peachtree City. Outstanding Business Person of the Year award was sponsored by Coweta-Fayette EMC.