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Chamber Dinner

June 28, 2023


It was a night of congenial camaraderie, delicious food, and dancing in the gorgeous setting of River Uplands Farm in Millboro.

Thursday, May 18, the Bath County Chamber of Commerce held its annual meeting and business appreciation dinner with nearly 100 signed up to celebrate those who drive Bath County’s local economy.
The chamber’s executive director, Jackie Wade, was delighted by the attendance and participation. Following a meal prepared by the Inn at Warm Springs — for which owner Jarek Mika received a standing ovation — Wade announced the winners who had been voted best in categories from management to tourism.

The Business of the Year award went to the Bath County Public Library, accepted by branch manager Amy Porterfield, as voted upon by chamber members. The library was cited for its welcoming atmosphere and accommodations.

The Entrepreneur of the Year award went to Shannan Waldeck, owner of Rockin’ W Western Wear. She was applauded for elevating what had been a mobile/vendor business in Bath County to opening a shop in Mitchelltown last year.

The Manager of the Year award went to Lori Hicks of Bath Community Hospital, who was cited for her tireless dedication as executive assistant to the CEO and director of marketing and communications.

The Staff Member of the Year award went to Kim Ford of Bacova Beer Co. for her willingness to do any job and help provide a wonderful ambiance.

The Tourism Champion of the Year award went to The Omni Homestead, accepted by managing director Mark Spadoni, cited for its excellent accommodations, unique marketing plan, and millions of dollars in ongoing renovations.

The Tradesperson of the Year award went to Sky Pics, owned by Tony and Pam Hensley. Sky Pics offers professional photographic services, specializing in aerial drone photography and videography.

Chamber board president Shawn Fuller, executive director of Garth Newel Music Center, thanked chamber members for demonstrating what it means to be a community and thanked Wade for her strong chamber leadership.

He talked about the chamber’s recent accomplishments, including ribbon cuttings for new businesses, and luncheons featuring speakers who address important topics. The chamber works hand in hand with its members, the Visit Bath tourism effort, and the economic development authority, among others, he noted.

“We are stronger together,” he said.

He noted the issues facing Bath County, such as affordable housing, and asked those attending what they felt were other challenges. Members cited topics such as workforce development, infrastructure needs, preserving Bath history, transportation for the elderly, and child care.

“The chamber can bring people together to help coordinate efforts on these things,” Puller said. “We are all passionate about this county.”

He extended appreciation to Fern and Timmy Plecker, owner of River Uplands Farm, for hosting the night’s event, and Gloria Lindsay of Mountain Laurel Creations, who provided flower arrangements.
“The state of the chamber is good,” Puller said. “In two years, we’ve been able to expand the board to 10, with three committees, increase membership, and add more events.”

Wade listed all the events the chamber now hosts, including the Main Street Christmas Village, “lunch and learn” events, a poker run, and the golf tournament.

“Businesses want to be seen and heard,” she said. “Let your voice be heard.”

Shannan Waldeck of Rockin’ W Western Wear, right, accepts the award for Entreprenuer of the Year from Jackie Wade, the chamber’s executive director.
Attendees were served a special meal from the Inn at Warm Springs in the beautifully decorated venue at River Uplands Farm.
Chamber director Jackie Wade, left, presented the award for Tourism Champion of the Year to The Homestead, which was accepted by the hotel’s managing director Mark Spadoni.

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