Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce Announces 2015 Chamber Awards

Published Wednesday, January 13, 2016 10:15 am

Bowling Green, Ky. (January 13, 2016) – Today the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce announced four awards recognizing outstanding volunteer service in the community.

“Every year, our Chamber and our community benefit from the hard work of our volunteers,” said Chamber Board Chairman Mark Iverson. “I’m confident in saying that the level of success our organization has achieved would not be possible without these volunteers’ support and dedication. From recruiting new partners to securing sponsorships to sitting on our committees to being part of our Board of Directors and Ambassadors Club, these volunteers donate countless hours of their time to the Chamber. We’re extremely fortunate to have such a loyal volunteer base, and we thank each volunteer for their commitment.”

Ambassador of the Year

The Chamber’s Ambassadors Club is a group of volunteers that dedicates countless hours to the Chamber. Ambassadors assist in recruitment efforts and extend goodwill throughout the community. Collectively they spend more than 4,000 hours annually giving back to this organization. In 2015, the club celebrated 30 years. Each year the Ambassadors nominate a fellow Ambassador who has done an outstanding job for the Chamber. The club chose Sue Parrigin of Western Kentucky University as 2015 Ambassador of the Year.

Board Volunteer of the Year

The Chamber’s Board of Directors serves as the governing body of the Chamber, and these volunteer leaders provide guidance for the Chamber’s strategic initiatives. They spend numerous hours at the Chamber and at Chamber events. Each year, the Chamber selects a Board of Directors member who has gone above and beyond the regular duties as a Board member. The Chamber selected John Dix, general manager of Warren County Water District, as 2015 Board Volunteer of the Year.

Volunteer of the Year

On a daily basis, hundreds of volunteers ensure Chamber programs, events and committees are successful. Each year, the Chamber presents an award to the year’s most outstanding volunteer as a thank you for his or her dedication and commitment. This year, the Chamber recognized Ann Elliott of Crye*Leike Executive Realty for her outstanding service.

BGYP! Young Professional of the Year

Bowling Green Young Professionals is a Chamber initiative with the mission to attract, retain and connect young talent in our community; to engage and empower our next generation of business and community leaders to actively shape the Bowling Green area. This award is in its first year and recognizes an outstanding BGYP! member for his or her dedication and service to the organization. The organization chose Rebecca Lee of Commonwealth Health Corporation as the BGYP! Young Professional of the Year.

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About the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce:

Incorporated in 1935, the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce is a 5-Star Accredited Chamber by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and was named the 2009 Chamber of the Year by the American Chamber of Commerce Executives. As the fourth largest chamber in Kentucky, the Chamber serves as a premier business advocate for its more than 1,100 partners and is the driving force for economic development in South Central Kentucky. Its primary goals are to promote growth and success in the business community, reaching its small business partners and those in large industries alike. With leadership programs, governmental relations projects, educational initiatives and involvement opportunities, the Chamber aims to support the community and its neighbors in order to enhance the business climate and continue to grow the region.