The 2019 Gilmer Chamber Annual Meeting was held at the First Baptist Church on January 17.
Before the business of the day, Gilmer County native Greg Frady, head baseball coach at Georgia State University was the keynote speaker. Greg inspired and reminisced with members of the chamber. He shared stories of our community and inspired us with his drive to be an ambassador for Gilmer County.
Member of the Year
The 2017 Member of the Year, Chris Wang had the privilege of announcing this year’s recipient, Sally Daniels.
Business of the Year
Roberto Murillo with Pilgrims, recipient of the 2017 Business of the Year award, announced this year’s winner Piedmont .
Citizen of the Year
Following the Member of the Year and Business of the Year awards, Mr. Sam Burrell 2015 Citizen of the Year announced this year’s Citizen of the Year, Mr. Steven Purvis. For more information on the Citizen of the Year program, please visit our Citizen of the Year page.
Following the announcement of the Citizen of the Year, the Chamber’s 2018 Chairman of the Board, Trent Sanford, highlighted some of the successes of 2018. The Chamber also presented those directors leaving the board with a token of appreciation. Those board members who will be greatly missed are:
- Lex Rainey
- Dr. Shana Downs
The Chamber also recognized it’s 2019 Board of Directors:
- Chair, John Marshall
- Chair-elect/Vice Chair, Chris Wang
- Past Chair, Trent Sanford
- Secretary/Treasurer, Bobby McNeill
- Beth Bennett
- Michelle Bentley
- Steven Purvis
- Bobby McNeill
- Donna Reece
- Mark West
- Roberto Murillo
- Jared Arrant
- Jason Smith
- Andy Ashurst
- Betsy Kelly
The board of directors then took their oath of office before Trent passed the gavel to 2019 Chair John Marshall who spoke about the upcoming year before adjourning the meeting.