BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (Feb. 27, 2013)— The Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce earlier this month honored its 2012 Year-End Awards winners during its Annual Dinner at Sloan Convention Center.
Skip Wirth was named Ambassador of the Year, Joy Rogers was selected Board Volunteer of the Year, and Cathy Palmer was named Volunteer of the Year.
“Our volunteers are exceptional, and they help make this Chamber a successful, nationally recognized organization,” said Brad Howard, chair-elect of the chamber’s board of directors. “The Year-End Awards are a chance for us to honor volunteers for their outstanding contributions during the previous year, and it’s with great pride that we recognize Skip, Joy, and Cathy with these awards.”
The Chamber Ambassadors selected Wirth as the Ambassador of the Year. Wirth is the director of sales and marketing for First Choice Home Medical, and he dedicates many hours to the Chamber outside of his job responsibilities. In addition to being a registered nurse and having more than 35 years of healthcare experience, he is an adjunct faculty member in Western Kentucky University’s Communications Department and has conducted more than 1,500 workshops regionally and nationally on stress management, fitness, team building, and leadership.
Rogers, BB&T senior vice president, joined the Chamber’s Board of Directors in 2009 and was named a vice president of the executive committee for 2013. She has been deeply involved in the capital campaign for The Leader in Me as co-chair of the Advance Division to procure investments for the implementation of The Leader in Me in Bowling Green Independent Schools and Warren County Public Schools. Rogers was the 2009 recipient of the ATHENA Award and is involved in a variety of civic, non-profit, and for-profit organizations.
Palmer is a senior financial analyst for the General Motors Bowling Green Assembly Plant and served as the chair of the Chamber’s 2012 Small Business Appreciation Committee. Her leadership was integral to the success of Small Business Appreciation Week. She has been involved in multiple other Chamber committees, the Leadership Bowling Green Alumni Association, and other philanthropic pursuits.
“I continue to be amazed at how many hours our volunteers dedicate to recruitment, retention, leadership and program activities,” said Ron Bunch, CEcD, Chamber president and CEO. “They go above and beyond for the Chamber, and we’re deeply appreciative of their loyalty and contributions.”