CHILLICOTHE— The Chillicothe Ross Chamber of Commerce held its annual assembly Tuesday afternoon at Bell Manor, the place they chose the very best companies for his or her membership.
This yr the theme is “Breathe. Dream. Excel.” Chamber CEO Mike Throne mentioned the theme is to remind individuals to take a breath and loosen up after the previous few years, dream a brand new dream you need to obtain, then succeed and make these goals come true.
A social hour and dinner have been held earlier than the prizes have been distributed. This gave chamber members time to mingle and catch up whereas admiring the designed tables sponsored and designed by native companies.
Earlier than the awards have been handed out, the Chamber acknowledged Doug Etling, a longtime Chamber photographer, who handed away in 2021. Throne mentioned that Etling was greater than only a videographer, he was additionally an excellent pal. Etling’s spouse, Vicki, and son, Dustin, have been there to just accept the commemorative plaque.
The Chamber additionally took the time to current two particular commendations to people who’ve enormously influenced society. The Adena Well being System has been acknowledged for its management and neighborhood partnership. Carvel Simmons, founder and proprietor of Trio Enterprises, is thought for his entrepreneurial spirit and his work inside and out of doors Ross County.
For the Younger Skilled of the Yr award, Macey Energy, president of the EPIC group of younger professionals, took to the stage to acknowledge somebody who has already made a big impact throughout his brief time at Chillicothe. This award additionally helps showcase younger professionals who reveal management and are lively of their communities.
Jade Berry of The Stack and Life Prepared acquired this award for describing her life and the way she received to Chillicothe. She describes a God-size pull that introduced her right here.
“It was a miracle that I received right here from the place I got here from,” Berry mentioned. “You do not know how a lot I like Chillicothe.”
On the North Fork Animal clinic, Dr. Blake Lloyd was awarded the Company Citizenship award. This award is given to a enterprise that works to offer again to the neighborhood and to enhance the financial well being and high quality of lifetime of its staff. Dr. Lloyd is a outstanding determine locally, who usually bids on a number of animals on the honest to encourage kids’s love of animals and help 4-H.
The Renison household of Crispie Crème Donuts has accepted the legacy award for service to the neighborhood. This award honors companies or households that serve their communities and have been a part of the Chamber for no less than 25 years. It’s a strategy to showcase members and their dedication to service. The Renison household has run the enterprise in a number of completely different areas for the reason that Nineteen Fifties.
Oda made historical past by asserting that the primary father-son duo acquired the Entrepreneur of the Yr award for the excellent award of the evening. This award is given to those that finest exemplify the phrase entrepreneur. This yr’s winner is Bart Herrnstein from Herrnstein Motor Group. His father, Invoice, received this award in 2005.
“Belief me once I say this can be a second I’ll always remember,” mentioned Herrnstein, who was capable of assist his father give him the award.
Herrnstein began working for the household enterprise in his 20s whereas studying completely different departments and creating the talents he would finally must take over. He considers himself fortunate to have the ability to take classes from a beautiful instructor who can be his father.
Herrnstein has additionally been a part of the downtown revitalization, serving to to renovate buildings for companies and Airbnbs that assist appeal to individuals to the world. To this point, Airbnb, atop Outdated Capital Brewing, the place he and his spouse work, has introduced guests from eight states and 4 completely different international locations.
“I’m sincerely humbled, grateful, and I hope you’ll settle for my most honest gratitude,” mentioned Herrnstein.
Shelby Reeves is a correspondent for the Chillicothe Gazette. You possibly can e-mail him at SReeves@gannett.com.