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Chatham Chamber of Commerce announces annual award winners

Posted Monday, October 6, 2014

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Siler City, NC - Each year, annual awards are presented through the Chatham Chamber of Commerce during their September Annual Meeting. On September 30, 2014, the following awards were presented to four deserving recipients.

Small Business of the Year - Chatham County Council on Aging
Presented and Sponsored by: Tiffany Steinbrunner, BB&T of Pittsboro

Chatham County Council on Aging is a business that is known as a good steward of its resources, a strong and trustworthy community partner, and a respected provider of services to some of our county’s most vulnerable citizens. The Council operates as a private, non-profit, led by a Board of Directors.

For 40 years, The Chatham Council on Aging has provided a myriad of services, enabling seniors to remain in their homes. Meals, socialization and fitness & wellness programs are made available to seniors. Home-delivered and frozen meals, and in home aide services are provided for homebound seniors, along with opportunities for them to remain active in their homes. In addition, the Council provides transportation to medical appointments for the elderly and/or disabled. From July 2013 through June 2014, they have assisted and/or paid for over 2,000 rides for over 160 different individuals.

The Chatham Council on Aging has a State-certified Senior Center of Excellence in Pittsboro AND in Siler City. In addition to serving senior adults, the Council serves as an invaluable supporter of families and caregivers of the elderly. They also provide community training sessions as a means of educating, to help ensure that our senior adults are being taken care of properly. The positive influence that the Chatham Council on Aging has on our community is immeasurable.
Distinguished Business Person of the Year - Greg Lewis (Owner of Pittsboro Roadhouse & General Store)
Presented and Sponsored by: Dacia LaBounty, CenturyLink

Greg Lewis has become known to many in Chatham County due to his strong passion and commitment to the community. He has donated his time and money to assist other businesses in their success and is an active supporter of Chatham County and Chatham 1st Responders. His employees enjoy working for him and are proud to call him their “boss.”

Greg began working in restaurants at the age of fourteen, beginning as a busboy and progressing to restaurant manager by the end of high school. With a love of food in his blood and a desire for more knowledge, he went on to earn his degree in Culinary Arts from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. He has over 30 years of culinary creativity and management experience. He was an Executive Chef for over 8 years beginning with the highly rated Hotel Hershey. After the hotel, he took a lead role in opening a popular upscale restaurant in the Hershey area, establishing an award-winning menu. From there, he went on to work as the Executive Chef for central Pennsylvania's largest caterer whose clients, at that time included then Governor Tom Ridge and actress Wynona Ryder.

For 11 of the past 14 years, Chef Greg Lewis owned and operated the very successful Catering By Design, which was a winner of many local awards. He has recently sold that Cary based company in order to focus solely on his lasted endeavor, the Pittsboro Roadhouse and General Store. In August of 2012, Greg and his wife, Maria, opened the Roadhouse, with a new look and locally sourced food. If you have eaten at Pittsboro Roadhouse, I am sure that you can attest to the fact, that Greg is always going around welcoming guests and asking, “Is everything okay,” gathering honest feedback, in an effort to continually improve food quality and customer service. He is constantly seeking ways to please his patrons, setting an example for many.

In addition to running a successful business, Greg serves as co-chair of the Pittsboro Business Association and is actively involved in the Pittsboro Main Street’s efforts for downtown revitalization. Greg has been a partnered with the town and other local business owners, bringing community events such as the latest series of food truck rodeos. He recently started a volunteer effort, opening his kitchen on Sundays to provide meals to Chatham County residents in need.
Citizenship & Service Award - Marian and Don Lein
Presented and Sponsored by: Indira Everett, Duke Energy

Marian and Donald Lein are an amazing pair that has spent a lifetime giving back to the community, from the time their children were small until now. In their early years, they began by volunteering for schools, the church and Boy Scout troops.

Through Marian and Donald's joint efforts, in 2000 a Chatham Park Foundation was established, not to be confused with the Chatham Park Development. This was solely a non-profit in which they raised funds for equipment, promotion of parks and for recreational programs in Chatham County.

The pair were instrumental in getting the Boys and Girls club started in Chatham. Most recently, the Leins have formed the 911 First Responders Memorial, raising funds for a memorial to honor the lives lost on September 11 of 2001 and those who dedicate and sacrifice their lives daily to keep us secure and safe.

Marian and Don's influence on the community has been phenomenal. No volunteer position has been too small or two great for them. They are always willing to serve, asking for nothing at all in return. They both truly care about people and the community in which they live. This has been evidenced over and over by the work they have done to nurture and support children and others. We can’t wait to see what their next venture will be.
2014 Chamber Ambassador of the Year - Erica Sanders, Loan Originator and Branch Manager for Carolina Home Mortgage in Pittsboro
Presented by Nicole Ward, Chamber Ambassador Chair, Sales Agent for Farm Bureau Insurance

Erica Sanders joined the Ambassador team in October of 2013. She started out with a bang and is still going strong. Her bubbly personality paired with her desire to make a difference in people’s lives has made her a great ambassador, leader and individual. She has an air about her that is simply magnetizing. She is always eager to help out and does a great job promoting the Chamber to members and non-members as well.

Erica, a native of Chatham County, is married to her high school sweetheart, Mark Sanders. They have a beautiful 4 year old daughter named Kinley. Erica enjoys four wheeling, working out and values time spent with family and friends. She is a professional and is admired and respected by her clients. For those of you who know her, I am sure you have noticed that she is absolutely beautiful, inside and out.

The Chatham Chamber of Commerce congratulates the four above award winners.

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Chatham Chamber of Commerce announces annual award winners
2014 Chamber Ambassador of the Year - Erica Sanders