BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (Jan. 17, 2018) – Today the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce announced four awards recognizing outstanding volunteer service in the community this past year.
“Each year, the level of success our organization achieves would not be possible without the loyalty and service from our dedicated volunteers,” said Board Chairman Joy Hunt. “These volunteers consistently go beyond their normal duties to support the Chamber and give back to the community. We’re extremely fortunate to have such a loyal volunteer base, and we thank each volunteer for his and her hard work and commitment.”
Ambassador of the Year
Now in its 31st 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 for the Chamber. The club chose Jana Sublett of CASA of South Central Kentucky as 2017 Ambassador of the Year. Jana served as 2017 Ambassador Chair.
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 Chris Thorn of Graves Gilbert Clinic 2017 Board Volunteer of the Year. Chris was elected to the chamber board’s executive committee in 2017. Chris’ support of the Chamber’s programs and his encouragement to volunteers and appreciation of the Chamber team is worthy to be awarded.
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 his or her dedication and commitment. This year, the Chamber recognized Bryan Thompson of Henkel for his outstanding service. Bryan’s participation in multiple aspects of the Chamber’s SCK Launch talent initiative, including the Experience on November 16 which provided nearly 3,000 8th graders a hands-on career experience and Teacher Externships hosting educators on-site for curriculum-workplace relevance interaction.
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. In its second year, the award recognizes an outstanding BGYP member for his or her dedication and service to the organization. The organization chose Nick Newbould of Core Tech, LLC as the BGYP Young Professional of the Year. Nick serves on BGYP Leadership Council is the current Chair-elect for BGYP.
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 1,300 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.