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Chamber celebrates 70 years, presents awards


  • By Kandice Bell
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  • Feb. 02, 2018 - 7:30 AM

Chamber celebrates 70 years, presents awards

The Newnan-Coweta Chamber of Commerce

The program aims to provide existing and emerging leaders with unique opportunities to enhance their civic knowledge of Coweta County and to sharpen their leadership skills and to network with leaders from across the community.

Business professionals received a briefing of the business world in Coweta County, while enjoying networking, food and singing their favorite tunes at The Newnan-Coweta Chamber of Commerce’s 70th Annual Meeting Thursday evening at the Newnan Centre.

The meeting highlighted accomplishments from the previous year, which include the German Apprenticeship Program and the launch of new chamber programs, such as the Six Figure Success Club Meetup and the Young Professionals in Philanthropy and the opening of several new businesses in Coweta.

The Volunteer of the Year Award, Chairman’s Award, Prosperity Award and Longevity Awards were presented.

“Tonight we will honor extraordinary businesses and wonderful people,” Candace Boothby, chamber president and CEO said.

The Prosperity Award recognizes companies and organizations that have significantly impacted economic prosperity and development in Coweta County for the past year.

2018 Prosperity Award recipients were:

  • Oldcastle Precast for an expansion that yielded an investment of $4 million. Oldcastle is a North American manufacturer of concrete utility products for the telecommunication, energy, and stormwater infrastructure markets, and structural precast elements.
  • Variety Wholesalers for the creation of 320 jobs. Variety Wholesalers offers merchandise including apparel, shoes and accessories for the family, as well as home décor and furniture. The new distribution center will be located on Herring Road.
  • Senoia Enterprises for the Barnes Street Market development in downtown Senoia and contribution to the film industry in Georgia.

“They’ve all contributed so much to our community,” Boothby said. “Coweta is indeed a prosperous community and great place to do business.”

Bonnell Aluminum received the Longevity Award, which recognizes a chamber member’s long history of membership. Bonnell has been a member since 1955. Bonnell is the third largest employer in the county. This is the first time the chamber has presented the award.

Cristina Bowerman, executive director of the Habitat for Humanity, was the Volunteer of the Year. Boothby said the award recognizes a volunteer who goes over and beyond the call of duty and described Bowerman as extremely organized.

Maria Hall with Ignite Business Coaching and Jeff Phillips with Newnan Utilities received the Chairman’s Award, which recognizes individuals who have made unique contributions to the chamber.

Dr. Steve Barker was recognized for being named the 2017 Georgia Superintendent of the Year.

Grenzebach, which specializes in building materials, glass and wood technology, process engineering and additional industries, was also recognized for being named the 2017 Manufacturer of the Year.

John Hall, 2017 chamber board chairman and president of United Bank in Newnan, officially passed the gavel to Andy Miller, owner of PrintSource, who will serve as the 2018 board chairman.

Hall reminisced about chamber milestones and its successful programs.

“These programs will continue to be successful with our support,” Hall said.

Hall said the Leadership Coweta graduation was the best day he had as the chamber chair.

The program aims to provide existing and emerging leaders with unique opportunities to enhance their civic knowledge of Coweta County and to sharpen their leadership skills and to network with leaders from across the community.

The 2017 board chair said the past year has been very humbling and rewarding.

“If you ever have a spot to do this, I recommend it,” Hall said.

Miller spoke about a 1947 Times-Herald article that talked highlighted the formation of the chamber, involving more than 300 men representing different organizations.

Miller said his responsibility is to make the sure the chamber’s mission to champion increased economic prosperity for its members is upheld.

He encouraged chamber members to voice their opinion through the chamber’s surveys.  

“The mission of the chamber remains the same,” Miller said. “Thank you for the opportunity to serve.”