SYLACAUGA, Ala. – The Sylacauga Chamber of Commerce hosted their annual breakfast meeting and awards on Wednesday morning, Dec. 11th.
“This is a great opportunity for our membership to gather and gives us the opportunity to share how we as a Chamber collectively can work together to achieve a common goal,” said Executive Director at the Sylacauga Chamber of Commerce, Laura Strickland.
At the event new board members were named as well as numerous awards handed out. Here is a list of the newly named board members:
- Kim Knight (Talladega County Board of Education)
- Judy Davis (Pursell Farms)
- Tina Jackson (Renasant Bank)
- Micah Harris (Chick-Fil-A)
- Kimm Wright (Pinhoti Outdoor Center)
- Ryan Coleman (Difference Architecture)
- Tracey Thomas (B.B. Comer Memorial Library)
- Janice Adams (Community Volunteer)
- Jayne McGee-Green (City of Sylacauga)
- Kelley Wassermann (Sylacauga City Schools)
John Parrish, who is the Human Resources Senior Specialist at Nemak Global, was named the new Board President. “This opportunity means being a part of something that is going to help advance our community going forward,” said Parrish.
There were three awards nominated by the board members to give to businesses in the community. Alabama Childhood Food Solutions (ACFS) received the Non-profit Award.
“To be recognized in our own community for caring for the community when the federal government cannot is very rewarding,” said ACFS executive director, Jim Jones. “It’s exciting to know that the community cares and walks with us serving 5,000 people a month in our area.”
Trailwares was just the recipient in November for Business of the Month, and on Wednesday they received the Horizon Award which is given to a business who has partnered with the Chamber for one to two years. “It’s very humbling, and I appreciate the people in Sylacauga for supporting me because without them I could not have done this,” said Trailwares owner, Nancy Willis.
Marble City Pharmacy received the Cornerstone Award, which is given to a business who has partnered with the Chamber for five plus years. “We are honored to win the Cornerstone award because we know there are many outstanding businesses in Sylacauga,” said one of the owners at Marble City Pharmacy, Jacob Johnson. ” We have been very blessed to be able to serve this community for nearly 17 years, and we look forward to many more.”
At the breakfast, the Chamber of Commerce announced that they are adding a vision statement to compliment their mission statement. The new vision statement is “Igniting the Future”.
“We hope that inspires organizations to move Sylacauga forward,” said Strickland. “The Chamber views ourselves as a catalyst or connector to bring all of those voices together to ignite and excite people about the growing opportunities for our community and region, and in result occupy a bigger spot on the map in our state.”
“Ignite means to start or be hot, and we think Sylacauga has that potential,” said Parrish. “We just have to light it.”