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
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)