Several honored by Chamber of Commerce

By Megan Kennedy

January 21, 2014

The Preble County Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Dinner took place Wednesday, Jan. 15, at Twin Valley Schools.

Matt Owen, Executive Director of the Preble County Chamber, introduced and recognized several out-going board members.

Charlie Pennington, was a councilman of West Elkton since 2007, as well as several Chamber committees, and the Chamber Board of Directors.

Shawn Murphy,of Michael Murphy Insurance, has been active on the Chamber Board since 2009, as well as on various other committees, including participating as the Chair of the Golf Outing Committee and the Awards Dinner Committee.

Abigail Noland and Manfred Schreyer, who were not present at the dinner, were also recognized. Noland has been active with her involvement in the Brown Bag Committee as well as the Scholarship Awards Committee. Schreyer has been active on the Board since 2010, as well as on the Expo Committee, and the Awards Committee.

David Heindl, co-owner of Heindl Engineering, was introduced as being active on the Board since 2010, as well as on the Awards Committee, and the Executive Committee, and has also volunteered his time for various other committees.

Shawnda Combs, from the Preble County Development Partnership, introduced Project Mary, which began in Preble County in 2012.

The project is to ultimately bring more jobs to Preble County, after following a timeline that proves to be rigorous.

Jeff Miller, from Sinclair Community College, discussed the Manufacturing Training Facility which will ultimately address the shortage of skilled workers in Preble County, as well as be positioned as a “strategic vehicle” for business attraction and retention in the region. The program received a grant for $250,000 to put toward the advancement of the project.

The Chamber of Commerce also witnessed several award-winners accept their awards for their hard work and dedication within the community.

The Outstanding Recycling Program Award was awarded to Neaton for their various recyling efforts to create a cleaner and safer environment.

The Business of the Year award was awarded to Lewisburg Container for their growth throughout the years to better serve the community.

The Small Business of the Year award was awarded to First Impression Wear for the loyalty to Preble County with their services benefit ting the area in many ways.

The Distinguished Service Award went to Patty Wagner, for her volunteer services throughout the community to make it more beautiful and to bring the Eaton community closer together through service. The award also went to Brad Neavin for contributing to Eaton in various ways, including his involvement in education.

The Young Professional of the Year Award was awarded to Matthew Duffie for his countless commitments within Preble County, ranging from the Eaton Community Choir, to being involved with the Varsity Football program at Eaton High School, to volunteering as Santa Claus for various programs throughout Preble County.

The Citizen of the Year award went to Steve Cobb for his involvement with multiple professional institutions, working with Preble County through volunteering. He is a member of The University of Dayton Advisory Board, and serves as a member of the Board of Trustees for the University of Dayton, as well as other endeavors.

Those in attendance also heard from John North, President of the Better Business Bureau of Dayton and the Miami Valley, with his presentation regarding the ABC and Ds of doing business in a community.