The Chamber gave out three other prominent awards, along with 23 Campaign Lifetime Achievement Awards, at the Cobb Galleria Centre in front of the audience of nearly 1,000 people.
The Chairman’s Award, which new Chamber Chairman Tony Britton said recognizes “outstanding leadership, dedication, support, enthusiasm and commitment to the Cobb Chamber,” was given to Kim Menefee of WellStar Health System.
“Menefee has been a consistent supporter of the Cobb Chamber and has dedicated her time and resources to improving the Chamber and Cobb County over the past 20 years,” Britton said. “As a past leader of the Cobb Chamber membership campaign and a Cobb’s Competitive EDGE co-chair, Menefee has donated an enormous amount of time and effort for several Cobb Chamber initiatives.”
Next up was the Mack Henderson Public Service Award, which Britton said is “traditionally presented to an individual who is outstanding in his or her commitment and dedication to building a better quality of life for the citizens of Cobb County.” That award went to four recipients: Menefee; Cobb Chairman Tim Lee; Shan Cooper, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics vice president and general manager of the Marietta site; and Dan Styf of Kaiser Permanente. All four are co-chairs of the Cobb’s Competitive EDGE economic development project spearheaded by the Chamber.
The Len Gilbert Award was the final non-membership campaign award given by the Chamber, and that went to two recipients: Mark Justice of Cobb EMC and Jason Sleeman of Fifth Third Bank. That award goes to “an outstanding board member who, through his or her leadership, commitment and dedication, achieved new heights in program development.” Justice serves as the Chamber’s chairman for education and Sleeman is the chairman of the Chamber’s Cobb Young Professionals group, which changed its name recently from Achieving Chief Executive Success.
Twenty-three members were given Campaign Lifetime Achievement Awards for bringing in the most members to the Chamber during its 2011 Membership Campaign. Lisa Crossman of the Leadership Programs team was honored as the top achiever for the sixth year. Other award winners include: Tracey Atwater, Allan Bishop, Bronwyn O’Dell and Kim Paris of WellStar; Sam Kelly, Nurdan Cornelius, Ron Sumpter and Tim Jarrell of Cobb EMC; David Bell of Wells Fargo; Eric Latimer of United Community Bank; Cristal McNair of BB&T; Britton, who is also a vice president with Community & Southern Bank; Sandy Miller and P.J. Zonsius of Gas South; Terri Bunten of First Landmark Bank; Mitzi Smith Moore of Sundial Plumbing; Bill Davis and Lisa Olens of Georgia Power; Beverly Huff; and Vickie Haney, Mary Karras and Sandy Woltering of Bank of North Georgia.
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