Post & Mail photos / Phil Smith
Kris Wurst of Shindigz accepts the award for Large Business of the Year.
SOUTH WHITLEY â Whitley Countyâs Chamber of Commerce held its annual gala to recognize local businesses and business persons at Brownstone on State in South Whitley Tuesday night.
Doug Brown, the chamberâs recently-hired executive director, served as master of ceremonies and expressed his gratitude to colleagues and chamber members alike as he talked briefly about the organizationâs many changes and transitions over the past year.
âWeâre not anything without the members,â he told the crowd. âAnd, I wanted to say âthank you.â
Itâs been an unbelievable ride so far,â said Brown, citing his hiring in June, the addition of other staff members such as marketing coordinator Brandon Ferrell and the sale of the chamberâs old headquarters coupled with the moving in to a new building on Garland Ave.
âWe crammed a lot into the first four months since Iâve been here,â said Brown. âWe felt like weâre building from the ground up and weâre on the right track.â
Don Clemons of Rabb/Kinetico Water Systems was honored as Ambassador of the Year, while Passages President Tom OâNeill and Robin Wright accepted the award for Jewel of the Community.
âThe community has been very supportive,â OâNeill said. âWe can do our job, but if the community doesnât support us, it doesnât work.â
The business awards were handed out with Kernel Colodas winning the Small Business of the Year and Shindigz garnering the Large Business of the Year.
Garnering Presidentâs Awards were Old School Investments, LLC., Myers, Hockemeyer & McNagny Law Firm, Reiff Enterprises, LLC. and Del Fuego Investments.
Board President Jennifer Zartman-Romano said âWe wouldnât be where we are without all of you.â