Awards Announced at Floyd County Chamber Dinner

Floyd Chamber Non Profit of the Year award From left to right are John McEnhill, Floyd Chamber Executive Director; Emily Gruver, June Bug Center Executive Director; Linda DeVito Kuchenbach, Floyd County Supervisor and JBC Board member; Audra Jeppson, June Bug Center Board President; and Shep Nance, Floyd Chamber Board President.
Floyd Chamber Non Profit of the Year award From left to right are John McEnhill, Floyd Chamber Executive Director; Emily Gruver, June Bug Center Executive Director; Linda DeVito Kuchenbach, Floyd County Supervisor and JBC Board member; Audra Jeppson, June Bug Center Board President; and Shep Nance, Floyd Chamber Board President.

The Floyd County Chamber of Commerce’s presented its annual awards at the 28th Annual Membership Meeting and Dinner at the Floyd EcoVillage on Monday, November 13th.

The Chamber Business of the Year award was presented to The Floyd Press. One of the multiple nominations for the newspaper, now in its 127th year of publication, said, “Floyd Press provides coverage that benefits the entire region. Stories on Floyd’s successes highlight the strengths and momentum of the area. The newspaper draws the community together; it is a cheerleader for economic development. At the same time, community news and photos, coverage of schools, especially high schools, highlights area youth in positive ways. No other local business accomplishes this type of community building, accentuating all that is positive about life in Floyd.” Citizens and Skyline National Bank were finalists for the award.

The June Bug Center for Arts & Education received the Chamber Nonprofit of the Year award. The Center is the home to programs and organizations such as the Floyd Community Theater Guild, Floyd JAMs, AA, STEM educational programming, and an alternative High School. It also partners with Virginia’s Blue Ridge Music Festival to provide classical music youth programming. A nominator wrote, “This year they are serving over 150 students a week with their after school programs. 80% of those students are on a June Bug scholarship to get into their programs at a discounted rate or for free. They also partner a lot with the community to create affordable spaces to rent or host performing arts events.” Apple Ridge Farm and Floyd County Farm Bureau were finalists for the award.

Floyd Chamber Non Profit of the Year award From left to right are John McEnhill, Floyd Chamber Executive Director; Emily Gruver, June Bug Center Executive Director; Linda DeVito Kuchenbach, Floyd County Supervisor and JBC Board member; Audra Jeppson, June Bug Center Board President; and Shep Nance, Floyd Chamber Board President.

Jon Beegle, Board Chairman for the Floyd County Economic Development Authority, received the Chamber Business Leader of the Year award. Beegle, along with his wife Dana, owns and operates Beegle Landscaping and the popular Bootleg BBQ. One of Beegle’s several nominators who is a Floyd Chamber Board member and fellow EDA board member, said, “I know that his work supporting the Floyd County C4 Program has been tremendous as well as the work he has spent researching and approving documents needed to develop another lot in the Floyd Regional Commerce Center. In 2017/2018 he was also instrumental in helping one of our largest companies receive grants and loans that helped them expand and renovate a building that has been underutilized for years. Jon is humble, yet he has strength to stand up and speak out for what is best for our county. I would love to see him recognized for all the work he doesn’t get paid to do.” Karin Grosshans and the husband and wife team of Heather Krantz and Dillon Locke were finalists for the award.

Barbara Harman, a SCSEP participant who works at the Floyd Visitor Center, received the Floyd Chamber Executive Director’s award. Chamber Director, John McEnhill pointed out that Harman was recognized “for her accomplishments at the Visitor Center and strong support of the chamber.” The Floyd Visitor Center, a partnership between the Floyd County Chamber and the Floyd Tourism Office, is a worksite for SCSEP – a federal job training program.

Floyd Chamber Business of the Year award: From left to right are John McEnhill, Floyd Chamber Executive Director; Wanda Combs, General Manager and Editor of The Floyd Press; and Shep Nance, Floyd Chamber Board President.
Floyd Chamber Business of the Year award: From left to right are John McEnhill, Floyd Chamber Executive Director; Wanda Combs, General Manager and Editor of The Floyd Press; and Shep Nance, Floyd Chamber Board President.

Joy Gardner, a longtime chamber board member and board President for three years, was recognized for her chamber service as leaves the board at the end of the year. Shep Nance, the current chamber President, was recognized for his six years of board service with his name added to the board service plaque.

Floyd County Public Schools superintendent, Dr. John Wheeler, was the evening’s main speaker. Dr. Wheeler spoke about the school district’s efforts toward breaking the cycle of poverty, workforce readiness, early childhood education, and effective community partnerships. Linda DeVito Kuchenbach, Floyd County Supervisor for the Little River District, was the MC for the evening. Lydeana Martin, Floyd County Community and Economic Development Director, spoke about the Floyd County EDA’s C4 Business Trainings and Business Pitch Competition and announced the 2018 winners. Chef Jason Smith catered the dinner buffet.

The dinner program also included the election of new chamber board members: Susan Brickhouse – Filamina Jewelry, Annie Badger – Wild Weeds Studio, Beth Burgess – Tabitha Burgess, LLC, Scott Griffin – Skyline National Bank, and Lori Saltus – Citizens,
and the reelection to new terms for the following current board members: Andy Finn – Finn Graphics, Karin Grosshans – Skyline National Bank, and Vickie Spangler – Vickie’s Tax Service.

Those elected at the dinner will join the following current board members for term starting at the beginning of 2019: Ivan Anderson – Healing Tree Wellness Center, Ann Bower – American Legion, Craig Chancellor – Chateau Morrisette Winery and Restaurant, Andy Finn – Finn Graphics, Jason Gallimore – Chantilly Farm, John Getgood – Individual Member, Karin Grosshans – Skyline National Bank, Steve Kaylor – Individual Member, Amanda Lawrence – Union Bank and Trust, Shep Nance – Individual Member, Daniel Sower – On The Water in Floyd/Thomas & Wall Real Estate, Vickie Spangler – Vickie’s Tax Service, and Derek Wall – Thomas & Wall Real Estate.

Floyd Chamber Executive Director’s Award: John McEnhill, Floyd Chamber Executive Director; Barbara Harman, Floyd County Visitor Center; and Shep Nance, Floyd Chamber Board President.
Floyd Chamber Executive Director’s Award: John McEnhill, Floyd Chamber Executive Director; Barbara Harman, Floyd County Visitor Center; and Shep Nance, Floyd Chamber Board President.

Floyd Chamber board officers for 2019 that were elected by the board at the October monthly lunch meeting are: Steve Kaylor – President, Derek Wall – First Vice President, Daniel Sowers – Second Vice President, Karin Grosshans – Secretary, and Vickie Spangler – Treasurer. For more information about the Floyd County Chamber of Commerce, visit FloydChamber.org or follow on Facebook @FloydChamber.