Tommy Harman Receives 2015 A.L. Harman Award

July 15, 2015 | Posted By: Connor Watkins

Tommy Harman at July Chamber Breakfast Meeting

The A.L. Harman Award, which is given in recognition of outstanding individual service and support of our Greater Lexington Chamber, was presented to Tommy Harman at the Chamber’s monthly breakfast.

The award is named in honor of Tommy Harman’s father A.L. Harman, making this year’s presentation especially unique.

“As I look at this plaque and think of my father, it’s overwhelming,” Harman said. “The thing that makes Lexington special is the people. When I was growing up here, the people were special, and the people are still special today. I will treasure this award so very much.”

Tommy Harman at July Chamber Breakfast Meeting Tommy Harman at July Chamber Breakfast Meeting

Harman graduated from Lexington High School in 1969, Clemson University in 1973; then returned home to Lexington to begin a career and start a family.

Since that time, Harman has dedicated himself to his family, the Lexington community and this Chamber, qualifying him as the ideal winner of the 2015 A.L. Harman Award.

Harman has been married for 43 years, and the couple has two children and five grandchildren.

He began his professional career with 22 years at The Lexington State Bank and finished with 15 years at Pond Branch Telephone/Comporium. These were bookends around a four-year stint as President and CEO of the Lexington Chamber of Commerce.

During his time at the Chamber, he helped grow membership from 300 to 700 members. He also organized the first annual Small Business celebration event which is still held today, and he initiated the Gift Certificate Program, which has continued through the years and has resulted in hundreds of thousands of dollars spent in local area businesses.