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Germantown Chamber celebrates 45 years

Warren Brashear, vice president and branch manager of Fidelity Investments, presented the Non-Profit of the Year award to Tyler Hampton, executive director of Shelby Residential and Vocational Services, a non-profit disability services agency. They are pictured with Chamber Executive Director Janie Day.

The Germantown Chamber of Commerce held its annual “Celebration of Excellence” presented by Paragon Bank on Jan. 25 at the Great Hall in Germantown.

The Germantown Chamber celebrated their 45th Birthday with balloons, trivia from 1973 and cake with a hearty round of “Happy Birthday” lead by emcee and Master of Ceremonies, Mike McDonnell with McDonnell Voiceworks.

Warren Brashear, vice president and branch manager of Fidelity Investments, presented the Non-Profit of the Year award to Tyler Hampton, Executive Director of SRVS, (Shelby Residential and Vocational Services) a non-profit disability services agency.

SRVS provides community employment, residential services, a children’s program and community-based services such as family support and therapy programs.

The Small Business of the Year award was presented by Bruce Hopkins, Chairman of the West Tennessee Region of First Tennessee Bank to Peter Morgan, co-owner of Marco’s Pizza.

Marco’s mission of being the “Slice of the Community” has led to more than $10,000 of donations annually to public and private schools in the area. Marco’s Pizza has eight locations in the Memphis Area with three more under construction. The Small Business of the year is sponsored by First Tennessee Bank.

Elaine Hare, chief Executive officer of Susan G. Komen, Memphis-Mid-South, Mississippi presented the Large Business of the Year Award to One & Only BBQ.

Hare noted that One & Only BBQ “serves more than just great meals, they are also deeply invested in the Memphis community and believe in giving back in any way possible.”

“They provide money, food or services to the Memphis Humane Society, the Special Olympics, the Cervical Cancer Coalition and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, to name a few,” she said.

The final award of the evening, the 2017 Rob Edgerton Ambassador of the Year was presented by Brittany Thompson, Ambassador Chairman to Charles Speed, owner of the Germantown Lumber Company.

Speed has owned the Germantown Lumber Company for 27 years and been a valued member of the Chamber of Commerce since 1996. Speed said, “I have always believed in being involved in the community that gives so much to me.”

The Ambassador Program is sponsored by the Shops of Saddle Creek in Germantown.

Out-going Chairman of the Board, Deborah Carter Johnson, Senior Vice President, Private Client Services of First Tennessee Bank, officially “passed the gavel” to 2018 Chairman, Bob Hamilton, founder and chairman of XMC.

“A strong Chamber creates a strong business community and that is what we have in Germantown,” said Hamilton. “My plans are to continue the path blazed by the great people who have served before me and to plan for the future for the leaders that follow.”

Warren Brashear, vice president and branch manager of Fidelity Investments, presented the Non-Profit of the Year award to Tyler Hampton, executive director of Shelby Residential and Vocational Services, a non-profit disability services agency. They are pictured with Chamber Executive Director Janie Day.

Warren Brashear, vice president and branch manager of Fidelity Investments, presented the Non-Profit of the Year award to Tyler Hampton, executive director of Shelby Residential and Vocational Services, a non-profit disability services agency. They are pictured with Chamber Executive Director Janie Day.

One & Only BBQ was recently named the Large Business of the Year by the Germantown Chamber of Commerce during a Celebration of Excellence banquet on Jan. 25 at the Great Hall in Germantown.

One & Only BBQ was recently named the Large Business of the Year by the Germantown Chamber of Commerce during a Celebration of Excellence banquet on Jan. 25 at the Great Hall in Germantown.

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