SALISBURY, NC (WBTV) - — The Rowan County Chamber of Commerce’s 93rd Annual Gala meeting was a sold-out event on Thursday evening at West End Plaza. Over 300 business and community leaders attended this year’s event. Title sponsorship was provided by Novant Health Rowan Medical Center.
The event theme was “Rowan County – The Greatest Show!” and was held in conjunction with Rowan EDC and the Rowan County Tourism Development Authority.
Annual award winners announced at the event included:
· Greystone Salon and Spa - Chamber Champion Small Business of the Year
· Jayne Land (Century 21) – Paul E. Fisher Volunteer of the Year Award
· In Memoriam to Frank Goodnight - Duke Energy Citizenship and Service Award
The gavel passed from 2018 Chair of the Board Janet Spriggs to 2019 Chair of the Board Nicole Holmes Matangira (Holmes Iron & Metal and Matangira Recycling). Emcee and entertainment for the evening was provided by Cale Evans and Now are the Foxes, a local comedy improv group.
In addition to Title Sponsor Novant Health, program sponsors were: Duke Energy Carolinas, F & M Bank, NSC Behavioral Concepts and Trinity Oaks.
Corporate table sponsors were: Atrium Health, City of Salisbury, Delhaize America/Food Lion, Fisher Realty Co., Healthcare Management Consultants, Holmes Iron & Metal and Matangira Recycling, Livingstone College, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, Rowan County Tourism Development Authority; Rowan County Government, Rowan EDC, Salisbury Post and Sharonview Federal Credit Union.
Sheila Igo accepted the Chamber Champion Small Business of the Year Award for Greystone Salon and Greystone on Main. This locally owned business began in 2010 on Klumac Rd. and recently opened a new location in downtown Salisbury. They now have 28 employees.
Jayne Land (Century 21) was the recipient of the Paul E. Fisher Chamber Volunteer of the Year Award. Land serves on the Chamber’s Ambassadors Council and has attended over 86 events this past year, including ribbon cuttings, Dragon Boat Festival, Trade Show, New Member Receptions, Women in Business, Business After Hours mixer and Membership Committee meetings.
For the first time, the Chamber presented the Duke Energy Citizenship and Service Award in memoriam. The award was given to Frank Goodnight, who died in April 2018. Diane Goodnight accepted the award in his honor. Diane was married to Frank for 50 years and his partner at Diversified Graphics for 40 years. She continues to run the successful business in Salisbury.
The established criteria for this award include: an individual who demonstrates a commitment to service and civic participation over a sustained period of time; sets a standard and fosters a culture of citizenship, service and community responsibility.
Goodnight was heavily involved in the Chamber’s Governmental Affairs Committee, helping to coordinate numerous trips to Washington, D.C. and Raleigh. He also served in leadership positions on the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), Special Olympics, Civitan Club, Piedmont Players, St. John’s Men’s Chorus and several other civic and charitable organizations.
The Rowan County Chamber of Commerce is a not-for-profit private business advocacy organization with over 800-member firms. Member benefits include business advocacy, leadership development, workforce development, networking programs, member referrals, newcomer packets and much more. For more information on the Rowan Chamber, call 704.633.4221, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.rowanchamber.com.