Chamber Presents Awards, Thanks Volunteers at June Breakfast

June 10, 2015 | Posted By: Connor Watkins

The Greater Lexington Chamber and Visitors Center honored two prominent members of the community on Tuesday morning, as Michael Tucker and Scott Wilhide received the Chamber’s annual awards at the June breakfast.

2015 Reach Award

Michael Tucker (center), owner and operator of Chick-Fil-A of Lexington, with Past Chair Nancy Hutto and Chamber President and CEO Randy Halfacre.

Michael Tucker of Chick-Fil-A received the H. Odelle Harman REACH Award. Named for an influential Lexington District One school superintendent, the Recognizing Educational and Community Humanitarian Award honors someone who has made contributions to the Chamber, the local educational system, and the community.

Tucker has been a faithful supporter of Lexington School District One since 1997. He has continually donated his time and resources to schools and organizations within the Lexington One community.

“Thank you for all of your support. We are truly a community business. We’re so pleased to be a part of Lexington,” Tucker said. “We’re thrilled to be an integral part of the community. Thank you for this wonderful surprise.”

2015 Chairman's Award

Scott Wilhide of Allstate Insurance (center) with Past Chair Nancy Hutto and Chamber President and CEO Randy Halfacre

Wilhide also got a surprise when he was honored with the Chairman’s Award, which is given to someone who helps the community succeed.

Wilhide, who is well known for being the keeper of the golf carts at the Chamber’s annual golf tournaments, is always willing to help out and get things done.

“He’s been a fixture around the Chamber for a while,” said Nancy Hutto, who is finishing up her time as the Board Chair.

Outgoing Board

Outgoing Board Members (from left to right): Kevin Adams, Will Cheatham, and Wattie Wharton. (Not Pictured): Brian Dodge, Dustin DeGoursey, and Butch Hale

Hutto was recognized along with other outgoing board members:

  • Brian Dodge - Sports Academy
  • Kevin Adams - First Community Bank
  • Will Cheatham - First Community Bank
  • Dustin DeGoursey - Lazy Boy Furniture
  • Butch Hale - US Foods
  • Wattie Wharton - Russell and Jeffcoat

“I want to thank them for serving for the last three years,” Hutto said. “We couldn’t have done it without your help.”

Incoming Board

Incoming Board Members (from left to right): Troy Simpson, Marcus Crosswell, and Chris Petty. (Not Pictured): Joel Carter and Michael Tucker

The incoming board members are:

  • Joel Carter - Jumper, Carter, Sease Architects
  • Marcus Crosswell - NBSC
  • Chris Petty - Budget Blinds
  • Troy Simpson - MCEC
  • Michael Tucker - Chick-Fil-A of Lexington

Board Treasurer Tod Augsburger complimented Hutto on her time as the Chair.

“Nancy’s leadership style is so calm, reassuring, and genuine,” he said. “She’s been selfless to our Chamber. She’s wonderful to work with.”

It was apparent that Hutto was equally impressed with everyone she worked with at the Chamber.

“It has been a great experience, and it has made me grow as a person. I feel like Lexington has the best Chamber around, and I feel like our staff is the best staff any Chamber could have,” said Hutto, who also mentioned the influence of Harry Deith, a former boss.

“Harry played a big part in me being here today. He believed in me, and he saw potential in me, and he was the person that enhanced my career,” Hutto said. “Also Southern First Bank has allowed me to be a part of the Chamber. I want to thank them for allowing me the time, because it does take a lot of time to be part of the Chamber.”

The Chamber’s Ambassadors were also recognized at the breakfast for giving up much of their time in order to support the numerous Chamber events and make them successful.

“They take time away from their productivity so we can keep Chamber events running smoothly,” said Ambassador Chair Shelley Metropol of Experienced Real Estate. “Thanks to our ambassadors.”

Ambassadors

The following is a list of ambassadors:

  • Mike Anderson - Experienced Real Estate Group
  • Cameron Bowles - Lexington Mortgage Center
  • John Bozard - First Citizens Bank
  • Will Cheatham - First Community Bank
  • Tonya Conway - Pine Press Printing
  • Heather Corley - BB&T
  • Adam DeLoach - Golden Hills Country Club
  • Ashley Fogleman - Phoenix Adventures
  • Allison Hedrick - Morgan & Associates - Nationwide
  • Angela Klosterman - Grow Financial Federal Credit Union
  • Amy Lasley - TD Bank
  • Jana Medlin - Wingate by Wyndham
  • Shelley Metropol (Ambassador Chair) - Experienced Real Estate Group
  • Chris Petty - Budget Blinds
  • Jeannette Rivera - Security Federal Bank
  • Scott Wilhide - Allstate
  • Nate Williams - AllSouth Federal Credit Union

The breakfast was sponsored by Elliott Davis Decosimo.