Bay County Chamber of Commerce

Bay County Chamber of Commerce

235 West 5th Street

Panama City, FL 32401


Phone: 850.785.5206

Fax: 850.763.6229





Annual Dinner & Awards Ceremony Winners
January 27, 2014

Shining a spotlight on the past year’s accomplishments, the Bay County Chamber of Commerce celebrated its Annual Dinner and Awards Ceremony on Friday, January 24th at the Edgewater Beach & Golf Resort.


2013 Chairman of the Board, Bill Fenimore, passed the gavel to 2014 Chairman, Larry Carroll of Coldwell Banker Carroll Realty Inc. Fenimore’s term as Chairman included continued efforts to support our local military installations, advocate for the business community through our legislative agenda, partnering with local community leaders for the betterment of the tourism and manufacturing industry and the promotion of economic growth. 


The awards portion of the program began with Fenimore, who presented Claire Sherman (Lamar Advertising) with the Member of the Year award for 2013 for her outstanding service to the Bay County Chamber of Commerce and its members. Sherman showed outstanding dedication to the organization throughout the entire year. She has been with Lamar Advertising for more than sixteen years.


The most prestigious award that the Chamber gives is the Lauren Merriam Memorial Award. Dr. Robert McSpadden, presented the 2013 award to Hugh Roche, who was chosen for this award for his commitment to the community’s well-being, as exemplified by involvement in civic, charitable and/or endeavors contributing to the betterment of Bay County and the benefit of its citizens. 


The last award of the night, the Chairman’s Award, went to Bryan Taylor (United Way) and David Powell (Innovations Federal Credit Union), for their service to the Bay County Chamber of Commerce during the 100th year anniversary. Taylor and Powell served as emcees and program authors for each First Friday program in 2013. This award has only been presented on two other occasions.


Congratulations to all of our award winners and thank you to everyone who sponsored this event.  


If you have any additional questions, feel free to contact one of our staff members.




The mission of the Bay County Chamber of Commerce is to create superior value for all chamber members large and small, cultivate economic and personal development, promote and protect a competitive system of business, be a community leader while embracing Bay County’s opportunities and challenges.


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