Thirteen Receive Blount Partnership Business Excellence Awards
Maryville, Tenn. – It was a time to honor the best and brightest in the community as 13 individuals and local businesses received the 2012 Blount Partnership Business Excellence Awards at the Clayton Center for the Arts on a beautiful Thursday evening at the foothills of the Smoky Mountains.
More than 250 people attended the event emceed by radio personality Hallerin Hilton Hill who delighted the audience with rousing stories from a lifetime of experiences behind the microphone.
The program included a year in review for the Partnership which was highlighted with the fact that it has brought in 1400 jobs and more than $116 million in capital investment over the past 20 months.
In addition, the chairs from July’s Chamber of Commerce membership event were recognized for bringing in 333 new members and making it the top event of its type held in the state of Tennessee.
“This is an effort that focuses on highlighting the people and businesses which are doing powerful and wonderful things in this community,” said Bryan Daniels, President/CEO Blount Partnership. “The support here tonight was tremendous as these people were honored by their peers and that truly means a lot.”
In addition to the Business Excellence Awards, the seven category winners from last week’s Taste of Blount food and beverage fair were also presented with plaques recognizing their accomplishments. Those included: Best Appetizer – Lemon Grass, Best Beverage – Vienna Coffee House, Best Sandwich – Full Service BBQ, Best Main Course – Rocky’s Jamaica Sunrise, Best Dessert – Chadwick’s Churn, Best Presentation – Vintage Garden Tea Room, Best Overall – Lemon Grass.
|Impact Award (Matt Harrelson of Kizer & Black Attorneys)
|| East Tennessee Medical Group (Dr. James Milhollin, Ron German, Sherry Reagan)
|Tourism Award (David Jacobs of The Tombras Group)
|| Maryville College – Dr. Tom Bogart
|Award in Innovation (Mike Honeycutt of BB&T)
|| Alcoa, Inc. (Sharon Reeder)
|Bright Future Award (Kevin Painter of LeConte Wealth Mgmt.)
|| Wendy Wand, United Way of Blount County
|Non-Profit/Civic Service Org. of the Year (John McMillan of Hickory Const.)
|| United Way of Blount County (Michelle Hankes)
|Minority/Woman Owned Business of the Year (Candy Dougherty of Staffing Solutions)
||Mary Beth West Consulting (Mary Beth West)
|Volunteer of the Year (Boyce Smith of Walmart)
|| Virginia Hardwick, Staffing Solutions
|New Business of the Year (Trevis Gardner of Airport Authority)
|| America’s Best Choice Windows & More (Allen Burchell)
|Above & Beyond Award (Greg Wilson of First Tennessee)
|| Hickory Construction (Chuck Alexander)
|Entrepreneur of the Year (Randy Massey of The Massey Group)
|| Randy Burleson, Aubrey’s
|Small Business of the Year (Debbie Vickery of Regions Bank)
|| Multi-Media Solutions (Mike White)
|Large Business of the Year (Benny Malicoat of Novacopy)
|| The Massey Group (Randy Massey)
|Philanthropist of the Year (Ken McMillen of Alcoa, Inc.)
|| Joy Bishop