Annual Membership Meeting

Presented by Skyline/Skybest

Over 450 members of the High Country business scene attended the 69th Annual Membership Meeting of the Boone Area Chamber of Commerce Thursday night, August 2nd, 2018. The event was presented by Skyline/Skybest and was highlighted by 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.

2018 Community Award Winners

Alfred Adams Award for Economic Development: ECR Software, Inc

ECR Software, Inc, a locally grown, industry-leading, point of sales solutions provider was awarded the Alfred Adams Award for Economic Development. The company has been ranked by Retail Info Systems as #1 for grocery vendors for the fifth year in a row, #1 for midsize retailers, and ranked in the top 5 for quality of support for the ninth year in a row. They continue to expand their Boone footprint with production and storage facilities that support the company’s long-time headquarters on Howard Street in Boone. Presented to CEO David Sprague by Wells Fargo Bank N.A. Market President Taylor Vickery, the award honors Alfred Adams, a local pioneer in the banking industry and one of the charter members of the Boone Area Chamber of Commerce.

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

Baker/Jones Woman of the Year Award: Christy Gottfried

Christy Gottfried became the second recipient of the Baker/Jones Woman of the Year Award.  She took over as owner of Go Postal Printing in August of 2016 and has focused on rebuilding the business from within while promoting training, education and civic engagement among her staff members. Go Postal has added new printing technology to broaden its in-house offerings to customers while increasing the number of full-time staff positions and internship opportunities through multiple programs at Appalachian State. The award was co-sponsored by Appalachian Regional Healthcare System and Blue Ridge Energy and awarded by namesakes Gillian Baker and Susan Jones. Both were long time employees of their respective companies and have served as Board Chair of the Boone Area Chamber of Commerce. Each has a decorated history of leadership and volunteer service throughout the community.

Past Recipients

Year

Award Winner

Year

Award Winner

2017

Wendy Patoprsty

2018

Christy Gottfried

Dan Meyer Partnership Award:              Mary-Louise Roberts

The Dan Meyer Partnership Award was presented to Mary-Louise Roberts. She has spent nearly 30 years in banking service for the High Country, including the last 18 with First National Bank. In her career she has lent over $180MM in loans to clients, specializing in construction financing to traditional commercial & industrial financing. She is active in the Boone United Methodist Church community and is a member of the Appalachian State University Finance, Banking and Insurance Advisory Board. The award honors former Boone Area Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Dan Meyer (left) and was presented by LifeStore Bank President/CEO Bob Washburn (right).

Past Recipients

Year

Award Winner

Year

Award Winner

2016

Dan Meyer

2017

Dr. Scott St.Clair

2018

Mary-Louise Roberts

Sue W. Wilmoth Award for the Advancement of Tourism: Beech Mountain Resort 

Beech Mountain Resort was tabbed as winner of the Sue W. Wilmoth Award for the Advancement of Tourism.  Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2018, the highest town in Eastern America continually expands programming to solidify the resort a 365 day a year tourist destination. The resort has expanded operations at Beech Mountain Brewing Company and opened Beech Mountain Grille in November of 2017. They are investing in infrastructure with installation of two new Doppelmayr chair lifts. They’ve made full use of their facilities with the addition of a Summer Concert Series that brought over 3,500 visitors to the area through its first two shows this season. The award was presented to Beech Mountain Director of Marketing Talia Freeman by Wright Tilley of  the Watauga County/Boone TDA, and is named in honor of past director and tourism advocate Sue W. Wilmoth.

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

everGREEN Award for Sustainability:        Team Sunergy 

Team Sunergy is a multi-disciplinary, student-led, and student-driven research project at Appalachian State University, and winner of the everGREEN Award for Sustainability. They research the most advanced technology and utilize solar-powered car competitions as a platform to advance sustainable transportation technologies. The team also educates the Appalachian Community on the imperatives for finding an alternative fuel solution for transportation, so a sustainable future can be enjoyed for generations. Team Sunergy recently secured a second-place tie in the 2018 American Solar Challenge (ASC), an international solar vehicle distance road race held biennially by the Innovators Educational Foundation (IEF). The award was presented to Lead Advisor Dr. Lee Ball, Project Manager Dan Blakley, and Business Director Kali Smith by Mast General Store.

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

Ben Suttle Award for Volunteerism:      Keron Poteat

Keron Poteat was the recipient of the Ben Suttle Award for Volunteerism. She serves as the event planner and volunteer coordinator for Special Olympics in Watauga County, coordinating the organization’s competitions as well as day-to-day activities that place an emphasis on health and wellness services. She helps facilitate 13 sports offered to Special Olympics athletes throughout the year, coordinating hundreds volunteer coaches and mentors to create a positive experience for all involved. The award was presented by Samaritan’s Purse Volunteer Partner Relations Manager Bruce Poss in honor of Ben Suttle, a former local merchant, Chamber volunteer, and longtime member of the Boone Town Council.

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

Wade Brown Award for Community Involvement: Denise Presnell 

The Wade Brown Award for Community Involvement was presented to Denise Presnell. Serving as a school social worker for nearly 25 years, she coordinated the inaugural State of the Child Forum in 2017, which brought stakeholders to the table to recognize the prevalence of childhood trauma and work to establish community tools to address the issues. Through this effort, the Watauga Compassionate Community Imitative was established, which seeks to promote health and resiliency in our community and to effectively prevent, recognize and treat trauma by creating safe, stable, nurturing environments and relationships. The award has been given annually since 1979 and was presented by Boone Golf Club in honor of Wade Brown, a longtime community pillar and non-profit advocate.

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

2018 Event Highlights 

In addition to the annual awards presentation, the Boone Area Chamber of Commerce made a $1,250 contribution to the Round Up for the Middle Fork Greenway project on behalf of the organization and its membership. The donation came from a portion of the proceeds of a raffle for a $2500 vacation credit through Dream Vacations and local agent Frankie Groff. The Chamber and the Boone Sunrise Rotary Club made donations of $1,250 dollars each to the Valle Crucis Community Park and the Back 2 School Festival, through funds raised during the second annual High Country Toast, held in June of 2018. The Appalachian Theatre also received a $25,000 donation from the Capital Bank Foundation, presented by Chamber board member Jason Triplett.

The Boone Area Chamber of Commerce installed its executive committee and three new board members for the 2018-19 fiscal year. Traci Royster, Director of Staff Development & Strategic Initiatives in Appalachian State’s Division of Student Affairs, was installed as Board Chair. David Still, Director of Business Development for RaysWeather.com was installed as Chair Elect while Johnathan Lubkemann, Senior VP and Market President for BB&T, moves into the Immediate Past Chair role. Amy Smith, of Johnson Price Sprinkle, PA, will serve her first year as the organization’s treasurer.

Dr. Tiffany Christian, of Mast General Store and Garrett Shore, of Highlands Union Bank, were each installed to three-year board terms.

The evening included a pre-dinner reception, hosted by Appalachian IMG Sports Marketing.