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 23, 2015 at the Edgewater Beach & Golf Resort.
Chairman of the Board for 2014, Larry Carroll passed the gavel to 2015 Chairman, Andrew Levy, Harrison Sale McCloy Attorneys At Law. Carroll’s term as chairman included continued efforts to support our local military installations and specifically the welcoming of troops from Holloman AFB; was the lead organization in getting the Panama City Bed Tax referendum passed; Chamber was recognized with three statewide communications awards; 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.
awards portion of the program began with Carroll, who presented a beautiful bronze eagle to 2014 Military Affairs Committee Chairman, Bill Fenimore. Mr. Fenimore was extremely involved with both Tyndall AFB and Naval Support Activity, serving as a liaison between the military and civilian community.
Each year, the Chamber recognizes an outstanding member with its Member of the Year award. Philomena Martrain of Legendary Marine was announced as the 2014 recipient. Ms. Martrain is truly committed to the Chamber, and is a true Ambassador for the organization.
The last award of the night, and the Chamber’s most prestigious, is the Lauren Merriam Memorial Award, the Chamber’s highest honor. Ted Haney (who was the 1989 recipient of the award), presented the 2014 award to Steve Southerland, 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. Recipients of the award are selected by the previous award winners.
Wrapping the evening up, 2015 Chairman, Andrew Levy gave his vision for the organization over the next year. Levy touched on some of the priorities for 2015 of taking a leadership role in supporting the new Alignment Bay initiative and supporting innovation and entrepreneurship through continued involvement with the Business Innovation Center. In addition, he applauded the ongoing efforts of the Chamber to work closely with the Panama City Beach Chamber, the Bay EDA, and all of our educational institutions to make Bay County the best place to live, work and play.
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