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AUBURN CHAMBER ANNUAL MEETING AWARD WINNERS


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Each year the Auburn Chamber presents a number of awards at its annual meeting, but this year’s meeting also featured the first ever Lifetime Impact Award, presented to former mayor Bill Ham. The award will be named in his honor.

“The presentation of the Lifetime Impact Award was very meaningful to us. Former Mayor Bill Ham has always been a fervent supporter of the business community, a steady leader and a source of counsel. We’re grateful for the opportunity to honor him and say thank you,” said Lolly Steiner, Auburn Chamber president.

The Auburn Chamber annual meeting is the largest gathering of the Auburn business community and an opportunity for the membership to celebrate the successes of the past year, applaud outstanding area businesses and look forward to the year ahead. In addition to the Lifetime Impact Award, this year’s meeting included many traditional chamber awards.

Awards video presentation: https://youtu.be/bLFADtb_J2I

Complete annual meeting video: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1YjVwHRaabSu4VDigiYzq8W7egvdcunCC/view?ts=5c7969ab

Awards included:

Eagle Awards—Eagle Awards are presented to businesses or individuals who have made broad contributions to the Auburn community. Recipients must be members of the Auburn Chamber and in business in Auburn for no less than 5 years.

Recipients have made an impact in our community through at least one of the following categories:

Educational growth for employees and community

Job opportunities

Charitable contributions

Civic contributions OR

Aesthetic contribution via building and landscaping

Donald E. Davis Arboretum at Auburn University

Two Men and a Truck

Tiger Mochas (Auburn High School)

Rabren General Contractors

Cutting Edge Lawn Service

Auburn Chamber & Auburn-Opelika Tourism Bureau Tourism Partnership Award— David and Christin Bancroft

This award was created to recognize a business, person or project that has been an excellent partner in tourism or instrumental in developing or driving tourism in our area.

Young Business Person of the Year—Rusty Prewett, Allstate—Prewett Insurance Group

This award was initiated in 1994 to recognize a young business person for his or her achievement early in business.

Norm Caldwell Excellence in Industry Award—Jay Harris, Donaldson

Created in 2002, the Norm Caldwell Excellence in Industry Award recognizes and honors an invaluable leader in industry.

Teague Award (Volunteer of the Year)— Cat Bobo, Auburn-Opelika Tourism Bureau

The Teague Award, created in 1991, is named for Sam Teague, a past president of the chamber, a chamber diplomat, member of the board of directors and the ultimate volunteer. This award serves as the chamber’s “Volunteer of the Year” award and is presented annually to an outstanding volunteer.

Diplomat of the Year (Sponsored by AuburnBank)Crystal Russell, MAX

The Diplomats serve as the Auburn Chamber’s core group of volunteers and make everything we do possible. Our volunteers are our hosts, our helpers and our representatives.

Spirit of Auburn Award—Gene and Jonna Chizik

The Spirit of Auburn award was established in 2002 to honor an individual for his or her special contribution to the community.

Lifetime Impact Award—Former Mayor Bill Ham

New this year, the Lifetime Impact Award pays tribute to an individual for 20 years or more of exceptional and impactful personal and professional contributions to the Auburn community. This award will be known as the Bill Ham Lifetime Impact Award.

This year’s meeting, attended by nearly 700 members of the Auburn business community, featured remarks by Brian Snyder, 2018 chair of the Auburn Chamber, Dr. Steven Leath, president of Auburn University, and new Mayor Ron Anders. The meeting was presented by Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Preferred Real Estate and sponsored by Alabama Power, Allstate—Prewett Insurance Group, CenterState Bank, The Hotel at Auburn University, Jeffcoat-Trant Funeral Home and LaMar Financial Services/Raymond James.

At the close of the meeting, the ceremonial gavel was passed from current chair Brian Snyder of Allstate to Sarah Brown with lifeSTYLED Three Sixty {inspired interiors).

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