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Nacogdoches County Chamber names awardees; annual banquet info
Posted 08 - 06 - 2012

Nacogdoches County Chamber announces award recipients

NACOGDOCHES –  Three local businesses and a long-time peace officer will take center stage at the Nacogdoches County Chamber’s Sept. 25 annual meeting and banquet, presented by Andrews & Andrews Attorneys at Law. The event is chaired by Betty Shinn. (Reservation info is at the end of this document.)

The Chamber board of directors met in June to review the nominations for the Gary Justice Business Excellence Awards and the Citizen of the Year award, according to Lee Smith, Chamber Chairman of the Board. “These are the highest awards our Chamber extends,” Smith said. “It is the board’s intention to honor those being recognized, and to encourage other businesses and individuals to strive for excellence.”

Sgt. Greg Sowell, Nacogdoches police officer, has been named 2012 Citizen of the Year. Sowell began his career in the 1980s as a patrolman, and now serves as community service and public information officer. He also oversees the Citizens Emergency Response Team (CERT), a volunteer group he helped create. Behind the scenes, he is a driving force keeping the doors open at the Nacogdoches Senior Center and Meals on Wheels, where he has served on the board for over a decade and as chairman of the board for several years.

Heart of Texas has been named Small Business of the Year. Austin Bank has been named Medium Business of the Year. Hotel Fredonia has been named Large Business of the Year.

The Citizen of the Year award is sponsored by Tipton Ford, Inc. The Medium Business of the Year award is sponsored by Regions Bank; and the Large Business of the Year award is sponsored by R&K Distributors, Inc.

During the event, chamber award recipients will be honored, the 2012-13 Chamber Board of Directors will be inducted and the annual chamber report will be presented.

Tickets are $35 for individual open seating. Reserved tables with no corporate identification are $280.  This event has sold out the past four years. Attendees are encouraged to reserve early. Here's the reservation form.

Sponsored tables with corporate identification begin at the Bronze level at $600.

Bronze Sponsors receive recognition on Chamber website (which receives an average of 5,000 visits per month); reserved table for eight; recognition in the banquet program, recognition on the large event poster board and corporate identification at your table.  View current bronze sponsors here.  Silver and gold sponsorships with additional benefits are also available.  Contact Kelly Daniel at the Chamber for more sponsor information.


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