Chamber Announces 2019 Volunteer Awards

Published Tuesday, January 14, 2020 10:30 am

Bowling Green, KY (January 14, 2020) – Today, the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce recognized four individuals for their outstanding volunteer service in the community this past year during the 2019 Chamber Volunteer Awards news conference.

"We are extremely blessed to have such a strong volunteer base, and we thank each of them for their time, hard work and commitment,” said Ron Bunch, Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce President & CEO. “The level of success our organization has achieved would not be possible without the support and commitment of volunteers like the ones we are recognizing today.”

"Every year, the Chamber and our community benefit from the hard word of our dedicated volunteers," said Eric Walker, 2020 Board Chairman. "These volunteers go above and beyond to support the Chamber and give back to the community and our Chamber partners.”

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, mentor new partners and extend goodwill throughout the community. Collectively they spend more than 4,000 hours annually giving back to this organization. Each year, the Ambassadors nominate a fellow Ambassador who has done an outstanding job serving the Chamber partnership. This year, the group chose Alan Palmer as the 2019 Ambassador of the Year. Alan served 16 years as a member of the Bowling Green City Commission, was a member of the Chamber board from 2001 to 2014 and has been an Ambassador for the Chamber since 1996. He was also the 2019 Chair of the Ambassadors program and has been an active volunteer at Chamber events.

Chamber Volunteer of the Year:

On a daily basis, hundreds of volunteers ensure Chamber programs, events and initiatives are successful. Each year, the Chamber presents an award to the year's most outstanding volunteer as a thank you for their dedication and commitment. This year, the Chamber recognized Robin Amonett of Stewart Richey Construction, Inc. for her outstanding service. Robin currently serves as Chair of the South Central Kentucky Training Consortium and has been actively involved in SCK LAUNCH from its beginning, volunteering on both the Educator Externship and Student-Led Leadership Tactic Teams. Additionally, she has championed all of our group leaders that shepherd the eighth graders during the SCK LAUNCH Experience where students receive hands-on career experience.

Young Professional of the Year:

Bowling Green Young Professionals (BGYP) 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. In its third year, the award recognizes an outstanding BGYP member for their dedication and service to the organization. The organization chose Ian Loos of Bell, Orr, Ayers & Moore, PSC as the BGYP Young Professional of the Year. Ian has been a BGYP member since 2016, serves as an active member of the BGYP Professional Development & Events Committee and is the 2020 Chair of BGYP Leadership.

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 staff selects a Board of Directors member who has gone above and beyond the regular duties as a Board member. The Chamber staff selected Mayor Bruce Wilkerson as the 2019 Board Volunteer of the Year. Mayor Wilkerson has been a member of the Chamber Board since 2007 and also serves on the South Central Kentucky Regional Development Authority board. Usually the first to arrive, he actively participates in several Chamber events and is always willing to lend a helping hand.

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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. As the fourth largest chamber in Kentucky, the Chamber serves as the driving force for South Central Kentucky’s business community providing valuable services and resources to over 1,300 partners, advocating a positive business environment and stimulating economic development for the area. 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