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  • Annual Awards to be presented differently in 2020

    It has been a year of continued uncertainty, one highlighted by a global pandemic and economic hardship – but still Preble County Chamber of Commerce members and other local businesses have persevered: some opened new locations, many have begun work toward bouncing back from earlier shutdowns and COVID-19 restrictions.

    Through a year most of us want to forget, Preble County’s business community has remained #PrebleCountyStrong.

     The Preble County Chamber of Commerce has suspended plans for an in-person Annual Awards & Holiday Gala event for 2020 but will move forward in recognizing a select few stars this year, with individual presentations in early December by our Chamber Ambassador Squad.

    Nominations are now being accepted, both from the public and Preble County Chamber of Commerce members. Nominations can be made online at www.preblecountyohio.com. Printable nomination forms are also available online and at the Preble County Chamber Office, 122 W. Decatur St., Eaton. Nomination deadline is Wednesday, Nov. 4.

    Awards to be given this year include: Outstanding Corporate Citizen of the Year, Outstanding Small Business Citizen of the Year, Citizen of the Year, and Young Professional of the Year.

    All award categories will return for the 39th Annual Awards & Holiday Gala, already set for Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021, at Wilderness Ridge Retreat Center.

    Download a printable nomination form HERE. 


    Previous Award Recipients

    2019 Award Recipients

    Citizen of the Year: Angie Getter

    Community Improvement Award: Preble County Art Association

    Distinguished Service Award: Becky Sorrell

    Non-Profit Innovation Award: Preble County Historical Society

    Outstanding Agribusiness: Safari Junction

    Outstanding Corporate Citizen: TimkenSteel Corporation

    Outstanding Small Business Citizen: Harris-Maggard Memorials  

    The Ray Potter Legacy Award: Dale Moberly Sr.

    Young Professional of the Year: Todd Appledorn

    Public Servant of the Year: Marsha Shannon

    Educator of the Year: Joe Finkbine


    2018 Award Recipients

    Ray Potter Legacy Award: Jean Bussell

    Young Professional of the Year: Courtney Griffith

    Citizen of the Year: Brenda Latanza

    Outstanding Corporate Citizen: Bullen Ultrasonics

    Outstanding Small Business Citizen: Pro-Grade Excavation & Demolition

    Outstanding Agribusiness : WildHearts African Farm

    Community Improvement Award: The Village of Lewisburg

    Nonprofit Innovation Award:  Habitat for Humanity ReStore

    Distinguished Service Award: Jim Simon


    2017 Award Recipients

    Legacy Award: Ray Potter

    Young Professional of the Year: Jeremy Linder

    Citizen of the Year: Rodney Creech

    Outstanding Corporate Citizen: Henny Penny Corp.

    Outstanding Small Business Citizen: Twin Creek Tea Room

    Outstanding Agribusiness : Brubaker Grain

    Community Improvement Award: Eagle’s Point Development

    Nonprofit Innovation Award: Preble County Art Association

    Distinguished Service Award: Eddie Mowen Jr.


    2016 Award Recipients:

    Business of the Year -- L&M Products

    Small Business of the Year -- Wildcat Sports & Graphics LLC

    Citizen of the Year -- Toni Morgan

    Distinguished Service Award -- Jeff Sewert

    Young Professional of the Year -- Rob Moyer


    2015 Award Recipients:

    Business of the Year – TimkenSteel

    Small Business of the Year – Daylight Donuts

    Distinguished Service Award – Gary Wagner

    Young Professional of the Year – Kyle Cross

    Citizen of the Year – Sheriff Michael Simpson

    Legacy Award - Judge, Wilfrid G. Dues

    Legacy Award  - Jack Cobb


    2014 Award Recipients:

    Outstanding Recycling Program Award – Pratt Industries

    Business of the Year – The Dow Chemical Company

    Small Business of the Year – Jell’s Sports Grill

    Distinguished Service Award – Preble County Arts Association

    Young Professional of the Year – Evan Kloth, Sinclair Community College

    Citizen of the Year – Patrick Putnam, Mayor, Lewisburg, Ohio

    Legacy Award - REMAGEN - 55 Years of Business

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  • Recognizing Preble County's Young Professionals

    Congratulations, April 2021 Young Professional of the Month, Chelsea Sorrell!

    Congratulations, March 2021 Young Professional of the Month, Lisa White!

    Congratulations, February 2021 Young Professional of the Month, Greg Eley!

    Congratulations, January 2021 Young Professional of the Month Landen O'Banion! (Pictured: Preble Connect Steering Committee members Kate Duskey, Todd Appledown, O'Banion, Alexa Little)