Elkins-Randolph County Chamber presents annual awards
ELKINS–The Elkins-Randolph County Chamber of Commerce presented eight awards to individuals and businesses throughout the community during “A Vibrant Celebration,” its annual dinner and awards event on Thursday at the Phil Gainer Community Center.
The keynote speaker for the awards dinner was Quint Studer, author of the book “Building a Vibrant Community” and founder of The Studer Group. His visit to Elkins was a gift from James W. “Jay” Wallace of Allegheny Insurance Services and Mark and Marsha Doak of The Common Door.
Studer spoke to the audience about improvements that could be made in the area to truly make it a “Vibrant Community.”
“What does it really mean to be a vibrant community? What does that look like?” asked Studer. “A vibrant community is a community that keeps its talent home, not because they have to stay home, but because they have the opportunity to stay home.”
“I know a lot about Elkins. I know your kindergarten readiness, I know what percentage of people vote, I know your average salary, I know your populations, I know an awful lot about you,” he said. “I want you to walk out feeling better than you came in but that’s because you feel you have solutions to make the community better.”
He spoke about “bright spots” of Elkins, including residents like Sue Pifer of the Elkins Sewing Center, and the beautiful scenery and nearby recreational activities.
Studer stressed the importance of promoting these bright spots while continuing to improve the town and community.
Lisa Wood, executive director for the Chamber, presented the prestigious Tom Williams Award of Distinction.
“The Tom Williams and Elkins-Randolph County Chamber of Commerce Award of Distinction is being awarded to an exemplary individual who has made significant civic, charitable and community contributions and volunteered numerous hours to enhance the quality of life for people in Randolph County, where we work, live, play and stay,” said Wood.
“Tonight’s recipient of this prestigious award is a true product of Elkins and Randolph County,” said Wood. “This individual has been a member of the Parks and Recreation Commission for more than 36 years and currently serves as chairman. He serves on the Rotary Club of Elkins board of directors and is recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow. He’s a member of the West Virginia Society of Public Accountants, D&E Athletic Boosters Club and has been a member of the first Baptist Church of Elkins for 50 years.
“We appreciate this bank leader’s support in creating a stronger, more vibrant community, even if it’s one loan or ballfield at a time,” said Wood.
Harvey graduated Elkins High School in 1974 before attending Davis & Elkins College to obtain degrees in accounting, finance, management and marketing. A long-time employee of various banking institutions, he was instrumental in bringing the first ATM to Randolph County.
Seven other awards were presented at Thursday’s dinner, including Non-Profit of the Year, presented to Kristen Doss and the Snowshoe Foundation by Tom Dennison of the Durbin Greenbrier Valley Railroad.
ERCCC’s 2019 Young Leader of the Year Award was presented by Chamber President Jonathan Kyle to Madalyn Humphrey of Elkins Main Street. This award is given to community leaders under the age of 40 who have made noticeable attempts to better Randolph County.
Cassie Adkins, science teacher at Harman Middle School, received the Educator of the Year Award from the president of Davis & Elkins College, Chris Wood.
The 2019 Business Man of the Year Award was presented by Sydney Kesling of Anytime Fitness to Kenny George of Allegheny Insurance Services.
Lori Chenoweth of LMC & Associates received the Business Woman of the Year Award from Adrianna Channel of Davis Trust Company.
Steve Herron, publisher of The Inter-Mountain, presented the Business of the Year Award to Michael Hayes of Mountain Gymnastics Academy. Unable to attend was his wife and fellow business owner, Gail Hayes.
The Citizens of the Year Award was presented to Dave Cutlip of Elkins Main Street and Patricia Mayes of the Emma Scott Garden Club by Nathaniel S. Bonnell of Citizens Bank of West Virginia. The announcement was met with a standing ovation, as was Harvey’s.
Photos of all of Thursday evening’s winners will be published in a future edition of The Inter-Mountain.