Meet the Nominees: Saluda Hill Landscapes, Golden Hills, Bodyshop Athletics, Wingard’s Market and Allison Hedrick

February 3, 2016 | Posted By: Connor Watkins

Meet the Nominees

With Chamber Awards Night just three weeks away now, we will continue introducing you to more of our nominees.

The event, which is designed to honor deserving businesses and business people in the Greater Lexington area, will be held on February 18 at 6 pm at the Lexington Municipal Complex. Click Here to Buy Tickets

The first Large Business of the Year nominee we have for you is Saluda Hill Landscapes, which employs 70 people. The company’s mission is to “create and maintain beautiful landscapes that are aesthetically pleasing and functional while providing excellent customer service.” Saluda Hill Landscapes is also committed to growing the company by empowering employees and promoting unique brand recognition.

“We are very honored to be nominated for this award,” President Wendell Furtick said. “We are celebrating 25 years in business and are privileged to serve the great community of Lexington.”

Saluda Hill also has a focus on community. The company regularly donates plants and trees to the Town of Lexington and various schools in the area. The business also supports local churches and sponsors youth sports teams, along with donating time and effort to the flood relief this past year.

Small Business of the Year is another category to be recognized at Chamber Awards Night. Three nominees from this category we’ll learn more about this week are Golden Hills Golf & Country Club, Bodyshop Athletics and Wingard’s Market.

Golden Hills, which opened in 1988, features an 18-hole championship golf course and has maintained a vision to provide a “unique and lasting experience for members and guests.” The club also has four tennis courts, a junior Olympic swimming pool, clubhouse, driving range, and practice putting green and chipping area.

Golden Hills is committed to the Lexington community, as evidenced by its involvement over the past 27 years.

“We are proud to be a part of the Lexington Community. Key members of our staff are involved in several community and industry organizations promoting economic development,” CFO Dian Berry said. “We provide services and amenities to local residents as well as visitors from out of state throughout the year. We host civic events and charity fundraisers and make every attempt to care and make donations for the goodwill of our Lexington family.”

Bodyshop Athletics has been in business and growing steadily since 2002. It began with owner Chris Wooten as the sole employee and has expanded today to employ eight people full-time and 23 more people part-time.

The company’s mission is to “improve the quality of life mentally, physically and spiritually for people of all ages.” This is accomplished through physical education, motivation and a regularly scheduled exercise program. The staff also incorporates devotion/workout groups and youth programs that enhance a connection with God, each other and teamwork.

Bodyshop Athletics participates in a variety of local events to ensure economical, educational and personal connection to the local economy, including its own Annual Turkey Trot Race on Thanksgiving, Kids Triathlon, swim team meets, tennis tournaments, and school fundraisers.

“To be named as small business of the year is an incredible honor,” owner Chris Wooten said. “I am so blessed to have the greatest people in the world working with me on a daily basis pursuing their passion. It is so great to see an ordinary group of people, doing incredible things, with the talents that God has given us.”

Wingard’s Market has been a family business since its inception in 1968 when it all started with some azaleas and a For Sale sign. Today, Wingard’s is a cornerstone of the community with a mission to “provide quality products and services with a connection to nature within an enjoyable, local market environment and experience.”

Wingard’s has made a commitment to supporting the local economy in several ways, ordering primarily from plant and produce suppliers from within South Carolina with most of them being located in Lexington County. Wingard’s also has organized a Lexington Holiday Open House Weekend, incorporating 14 other local businesses designed to shop local.

Wingard’s has parlayed great customer service into close to 50 years of business success.

“We take educating our customers seriously,” co-owner Delores Steinhauser said. “We not only sell them plants, we teach them to care for their plants through the many workshops and seminars or educational videos we offer, or through print material at point of purchase.”

Young Professional of the Year is one of the awards to be presented, and Allison Hedrick of Morgan & Associates, Nationwide Insurance is one of the nominees. Hedrick, who serves as an associate agent at Morgan & Associates, is involved in numerous civic and community activities. Hedrick has donated both time and money to local charities such as Ezekiel Ministries, Palmetto Place, Toys for Tots, Lexington Interfaith Community Service, SQ Rescue, and the Lexington Medical Foundation. She also worked to support victims of the floods in October.

Hedrick also serves as an ambassador for the Chamber and helped start Empowered, a networking group for young professionals in the area. This has allowed her to provide local chamber businesses and young professionals with a variety of different resources to help them build relationships that will affect business development in the community.

“Being nominated for Young Professional of the Year is truly an honor,” Hedrick said. “As a young professional, I am excited to be a part of the growth of Lexington, South Carolina. I hope that I am able to make a lasting impact on our community and I look forward to seeing what the future holds.”

Wells Fargo is the presenting sponsor for Chamber Awards Night, and dress for the event is black tie optional.

Tickets for the event are $40. Click here to buy your tickets so you can support these and all of the other nominees on Feb. 18!