Annual Membership Meeting

Presented by Skyline/Skybest

Over 420 members of the High Country business scene attended the 70th Annual Membership Meeting of the Boone Area Chamber of Commerce Thursday night, August 1st, 2019. The event was presented by Skyline/Skybest and was highlighted by a keynote presentation by Andrew Davis along with the presentation of seven community awards to local business leaders. Red Moon Hospitality catered dinner and dessert inside the Holmes Convocation Center on the campus of Appalachian State University.

Sponsorship opportunities exsist for the 71st Boone Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting in       August 2020. Contact David Jackson at (828) 264-2225 for more detials.

2019 Community Award Winners

Alfred Adams Award for Economic Development: Booneshine Brewing Company

Booneshine Brewing Company completed a move to a new production facility and a 3,500 square-foot  tasting room in East Boone during the past year. Started in 2015 by Tim Herdklotz and Carson Coatney, Booneshine increased its production capacity from 1,500 barrels of beer per year to over 4,000 after the move.

The  Alfred Adams Award for Economic Development recognizes individuals and/or organizations who have worked for the orderly growth and development of Boone and Watauga County. Adams served as a local banker and provided influence on many Chamber committees in the organization’s formative years.

Past Recipients

Year

Award Winner

Year

Award Winner

1998

Brian Crutchfield & Kenneth Wilcox

1999

Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation

2000

Hugh Morton

2001

Sterling Carroll

2002

Richard Sparks

2003

Jim Furman

2004

An Appalachian Summer Festival

2005

Joedy Eller

2006

Joe & Joseph Miller

2007

Rob Holton

2008

Phil Templeton

2009

John WInkler

2010

Mark Harrill

2011

Frontier Natural Gas

2012

Town of Boone

2013

Keith Honeycutt

2014

Dr. Kenneth Peacock

2015

New River Light & Power & NC Ag Extension

2016

Skyline/Skybest

2017

Hospitality Mints

2018

ECR Software

2019

Booneshine Brewing Company

Baker/Jones Woman of the Year Award: Carolyn Clark

Carolyn Clark, Founder, After Ever Communications, LLC , started her own Public Relations Firm to assist international business brands with corporate communication strategies. She serves as a member of the Silicon Hollar Advisory Board, assisting local entrepreneurs in the High Country with growth planning and ideation. She is an adjunct professor in the Appalachian State University Department of Communication and is Past President of the App State Alumni Association.   

The Baker-Jones Woman of the Year award is named for long-time Chamber volunteers Gillian Baker and Susan Jones. This award honors an inspiring member who exemplifies the qualities of leadership, mentorship, and community involvement.

Past Recipients

Year

Award Winner

Year

Award Winner

2017

Wendy Patoprsty

2018

Christy Gottfried

2019

Carolyn Clark

Dan Meyer Partnership Award:                Back 2 School Festival

The Back 2 School Festival is an annual event that aids any Watauga County Family that is struggling to afford the high costs of sending their children back to school. In 2018, nearly 1,200 children were served by the program. Over 2,000 people attended the festival that is funded largely by business, non-profit, and faith community support and volunteer hours.

The Dan Meyer Community Partnership Award recognizes a community leader for their efforts to bring multiple parties together for a common cause. Meyer served as President/CEO of the Chamber for 12-years before retiring in August of 2016.

Past Recipients

Year

Award Winner

Year

Award Winner

2016

Dan Meyer

2017

Dr. Scott St.Clair

2018

Mary-Louise Roberts

2019

Back 2 School Festival

Sue W. Wilmoth Award for the Advancement of Tourism: Valle Country Fair 

Valle Country Fair is an authentic fall festival and juried arts and crafts show, featuring food, mountain music, and crafts. Celebrating its 40th year in 2018, the fair attracted over 13,000 visitors  and 160 juried artists to the Valle Crucis Community. Last year's fair channeled $40,000 to High Country organizations which serve people in need. 

The Sue W. Wilmoth Award for the Advancement of Tourism is named for the former Chamber Director, who used her influence in tourism promotion to capitalize on the region’s natural resources while balancing progress with preservation.

Past Recipients

Year

Award Winner

Year

Award Winner

2004

Hugh Morton

2005

Reba & Grady Moretz

2006

Harris Prevost

2007

Chris & Cathy Robbins

2008

Mac Forehand & Jim Wooten

2009

Chetola Resort

2010

Ken Ketchie

2011

Horn in the West

2012

Eric Woolridge

2013

Schaeffer Family

2014

Blood Sweat & Gears

2015

High Country Host

2016

Apple Hill Farm

2017

Michelle Liggon

2018

Beech Mountain Resort

2019

Valle Country Fair

everGREEN Award for Sustainability:        Cove Creek School Solar Array

The Cove Creek School Solar Array is a 5 kilowatt photovoltaic array that was installed at the school thanks to the help of NC GreenPower, a group that supports renewable energy carbon offset projects by providing grants for solar installations at K-12 schools across North Carolina. Cove Creek students and families raised more than $14,000 in corporate and local support to assist with installation. Beyond supplying the school with a portion of its power, the new solar array is also equipped with a weather station and allows for real-time monitoring of the system’s output and performance. The system is designed with education in mind, its addition to the school is paired with curriculum-based content to help students learn how solar power systems are incorporated into the energy grid.

The evergreen Award is presented to a business, organization, project, or person who has furthered the inclusion and integration of sustainable development principles.

Past Recipients

Year

Award Winner

Year

Award Winner

2010

Mountain Lumber Company

2011

Gang of 5 Greenhouse

2012

Brian Crutchfield

2013

Lisa Doty

2014

Middle Fork Greenway

2015

VPC Builders

2016

Appalachian Mountain Brewery

2017

F.A.R.M. Cafe

2018

Team Sunergy

2019

Cove Creek School Solar Array

Ben Suttle Award for Volunteerism:      Cindy Wallace

Cindy Wallace, Chair, Western Youth Network Board of Directors, has been a part of the Boone community for over three decades. She was first introduced to WYN during a long career at Appalachian State University. Wallace advanced her involvement with the organization by joining the Board of Directors in 2016. In her year as Chair, she assisted in organizing efforts to aid WYN staff  in administering events, projects, and programming.

The Ben Suttle Special Services Award, named for the former Boone Town Councilman, recognizes the spirit of volunteerism in the community.

Past Recipients

Year

Award Winner

Year

Award Winner

1998

Bill Williamson

1999

Jim Jones

2000

Gene Swift

2001

Bettie Bond

2002

Glenda & Sharon Trivette

2003

Sue Counts

2004

Nancy Reigel

2005

Dick & Joan Hearn

2006

Mary Hall

2007

Diane Deal

2008

Nick Friedman

2009

Susan Jones

2010

Samaratin's Purse

2011

Chip Norwood

2012

Brian Newell

2013

Jim Cotrell

2014

Dwight Simmons

2015

Appalachian & Communities Together

2016

Teddy & Ginger Watson

2017

Blood Sweat & Gears Volunteer Staff

2018

Keron Poteat

2019

Cindy Wallace

Wade Brown Award for Community Involvement: Lane Robinson

Lane Robinson, Owner, Creekside Electronics has been involved with numerous High Country organizations as a native to the area. He recently completed a year as President of the Boone Sunrise Rotary Club and maintains an active role in volunteer and project support with the organization. He currently serves as Vice-Chair of the Southern Appalachian Historical Society Board of Directors, helping the group administer the annual Horn in the West outdoor drama. Robinson donates time to Western Youth Network, helping spearhead the Men for WYN initiative. He frequently donates items from his family business, Creekside Electronics, for silent auctions and fundraisers for local non-profit organizations.

The Wade Brown Award for Community Involvement is the Chamber’s oldest award, dating back to 1979.  Named after the first recipient of the honor, this award recognizes a significant contribution through community engagement.

Past Recipients

Year

Award Winner

Year

Award Winner

1998

David Edmiston & John Brubaker

1999

Don Watson & Art & Susan Barber

2000

Mike Hall

2001

Dan Meyer

2002

Red Lyons

2003

Sonny Sweet

2004

Dick Jones

2005

Bob Snead

2006

Faye Cooper

2007

Jim Deal

2008

Jerry Moretz

2009

Norman Cheek

2010

Jerry Moore

2011

John Cooper & Doc Watson

2012

Robert Shipley

2013

Skip Greene

2014

Dwight Simmons

2015

Sheri Moretz

2016

Harry Davis

2017

Matt Vincent

2018

Denise Presnell

2019

Lane Robinson

2019 Event Highlights 

In addition to the annual awards presentation, keynote speaker Andrew Davis delivered a 45-minute address titled, The Laws of Attraction: How Daring Dreamers Turn Serendipity Into SuccessThe presentation outlined communities that have seen successful outcomes after staking a marketable claim based on strengths of the area. The keynote address was presented by Capital Bank, N.A. Edward Hinson, Chief Marketing and Sales officer at Skyline/Skybest delivered remarks around way that the company connects the High Country through innovation, expansion, and community support. Paul Forte, Vice Chancellor of Business Affairs at Appalachian State University delivered welcoming remarks to the audience on behalf of Chancellor Dr. Sheri Everts.

The Boone Area Chamber of Commerce introduced David Still of RaysWeather.com as its Board Chair for the 2019-2020 year. During his remarks, Still detailed the success of the Boone Business Exchange, which has logged over 390 referals leading to nearly $1.2 million dollars of closed business in its first 16 months of existence. He also mentioned the future rebranding of Watauga Leadership Challenge to Watauga Leadership Institute, along with additional programming that will fall under the WLI umbrella in the coming months.

Yolanda Adams, Hope Caroselli, Maelea Galyon, Katie Greene, Graham Holsehouser, and Heidi Ragan were introduced as new members of the Chamber Board of Directors, having started three-year terms on July 1st. Tim Hodges and Jason Reagan were among six outgoing Board members who were recognized for their service during the event. 

The evening included a pre-dinner reception, hosted by App State Sports Properties.