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Haywood Regional Awarded "Business of the Year" by the Chamber of Commerce
June 15, 2017
The Haywood County Chamber of Commerce recognized businesses and community leaders for their hard work during the year at its annual dinner on June 8, 2017 at the Laurel Ridge County Club.
Haywood Regional Medical Center received the prestigious Business of the Year Award for its growth, excellent business practices and commitment to serving the community.
“The culture of the building has changed,” said Rod Harkleroad, who was named CEO of Haywood Regional Medical Center nearly a year ago. “We’ve hired over 50 nurses over the year, and we’ve hired wonderful physicians. People are excited about taking care of people, and that’s what we’re about.”
Contractor and businessman Richard Miller received the Entrepreneur of the Year award for his active involvement in Haywood County since the 1980s. He has created seven retail storefronts, three office spaces and two apartments over the years, and he is currently working on a new venture in Canton.
Additionally, Stacy Overbay received the Ambassador of the Year award for her ability to embrace change and guide other ambassadors; Steve and Mary McNeil jointly received the Volunteer of the Year award for their work in orchestrating a chamber event; and George Marshall received a Service and Recognition award for his work with Haywood Vocational Opportunities.
The winner of the Business Start-Up Competition and $10,000 was Leap Frog Tours, a new, innovative transportation business in Haywood County that showcases unique aspects of Western North Carolina. They started with brewery tours but are now expanding into arts and culture tours.
The chamber also recognized outgoing board members Dr. Laura Leatherwood of Haywood Community College and Greg Boothroyd of Smoky Mountain News. The incoming board members are Martha Bradley, Cannon Law; Scott McLeod, Smoky Mountain News; and Fred Waring, Waynesville Automotive.
To conclude the night, Nyda Bittman-Neville of TNB Consulting Group handed over her two-year position as chairman of the board to Ken Flynt, associate dean of outreach and engagement at Western Carolina University.
“Our chamber has an extremely bright future,” said Bittman-Neville, “And I look forward to seeing it shine brilliantly.”
In his speech, Flynt outlined goals for improvement. He wants the chamber to improve its outreach, broaden its partnerships and receive more member and community support.
“I’m not bashful,” said Flynt. “I’m going to ask you to serve on committees, to help support the things that the chamber is doing ... to help us help you learn more about what we do.”
The Haywood County Chamber of Commerce is not-for-profit business organization that provides support and resources for business success and economic vitality in Haywood County. Visit them at www.haywoodchamber.com for more information.