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Chamber doles out top 2013 awards at 76th annual celebration

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Published on Thursday, January 23, 2014

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Greer Mayor Rick Danner, right, was presented the Duke Energy Citizenship and Service Award.

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Greer Mayor Rick Danner, right, was presented the Duke Energy Citizenship and Service Award.



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Lisa Garland, left, was presented the Ryan Storrie Entrepreneurship award. Storrie died, at age 29, two months after realizing his dream of opening Ember Restaurant on Trade Street.

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Lisa Garland, left, was presented the Ryan Storrie Entrepreneurship award. Storrie died, at age 29, two months after realizing his dream of opening Ember Restaurant on Trade Street.



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Tommy Stringer, Representative for House District 18, was presented the Senator J. Verne Smith award for leadership and service to the community. Ken Smith, left and Allen Smith, right presented the award.

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Tommy Stringer, Representative for House District 18, was presented the Senator J. Verne Smith award for leadership and service to the community. Ken Smith, left and Allen Smith, right presented the award.



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Mark King, right, was the recipient of the Sud Pagent Volunteer of the Year award. He shared it with Daniel Hughes, an attorney not pictured. Allen Smith, left, and Rudy Painter made the presentation.

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Mark King, right, was the recipient of the Sud Pagent Volunteer of the Year award. He shared it with Daniel Hughes, an attorney not pictured. Allen Smith, left, and Rudy Painter made the presentation.



On an evening that touted South Carolina’s two senators, Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott as keynote speakers, the 76th annual Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce celebration announced its top awards for 2013. The annual event was held at Embassy Suites in Greenville.

The evening featured the passing of the gavel of 2013 Chairman of the Board Bill Roughton (Park Sterling Bank) to the 2014 Chairman Ken Harper (Countybank).

Allen Smith, Greer Chamber President and CEO acknowledged a year milestones:

• a record 709 memberships

• $740.3 million gross retail sales for fiscal year 2013

• $200,000 partnership with Michelin Development Fund to provide loans to businesses within the city or locating in Greer.

The Chamber’s 2013 awards:

• Sud Paget Volunteer of the Year: Mark King, King and Associates and Daniel Hughes, general attorney at Duggan and Hughes, LLC.

• Duke Energy Citizenship and Service Award: Mayor Rick Danner (Greer State Bank).

• The Senator J. Verne Smith Award: Tommy Stringer (House District 18).

• Chairman’s Award for Excellence: Donna O. Smith (Prudential C. Dan Joyner).

• Ryan Storrie Entrepreneurship Award: Lisa Garland (Stomping Grounds).

Previously awarded

• Small Business of the Year: Owens Insurance, Inc.

• Outstanding Leadership Award, Jean Greer, Greenville Technical College

• Educator of the Year, Carlton Greene, Greer High School

• Mayor’s Award: B.A. Bennett & Co., and McLeskey-Todd Pharmacy of Greer.

WATCH VIDEO:  Keynote Speakers Senators Lindsey Graham & Tim Scott

Businesses mentioned in this article.

Greer State Bank

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