The Chamber's Annual Meeting and Awards Presentation allows The Chamber to reflect on the accomplishments of the previous year, announce goals for the next 11 months and includes the official swearing-in of the incoming Board of Directors of The Chamber and The Chamber Foundation.
Special Recognition awards to be presented are:
-- The ATHENA Award honors individuals who strive toward the highest levels of professional accomplishment. It recognizes women and men who excel in their chosen field, have devoted time and energy to their community in a meaningful way, and who also open paths so that others may follow. Sponsor for the ATHENA Award is First Commonwealth Bank. This year's ATHENA Award recipient was Carol Gensimore.
-- The Donna D. Gority Servant Leadership Award was created to honor individuals within Blair County who demonstrate ongoing servant leadership. Servant leadership is a practical philosophy, which supports people who choose to serve first, and then lead, as a way of expanding service to individuals and institutions. Sponsor of the Donna D. Gority Servant Leadership Award is Reliance Bank. This year's Donna D. Gority Servant Leadership Award recipient was Jim Kilmartin.
-- The George Award was created to honor an individual who has improved the community through volunteer efforts and who has received little or no publicity or recognition for their efforts. Sponsor of the George Award is Allegheny Lutheran Social Ministries. This year's George Award recipient was Peggy Fields.
-- The Small Business Person of the Year Award is given to a business person with 50 or fewer employees who has demonstrated staying power, positive response to adversity, community involvement and ethical business practices. Sponsor of the Small Business Person of the Year Award is First National Bank. This year's Small Business Person of the Year Award recipient was Dr. George Zlupko.
-- The Joseph P. Rosenhamer Chamber Spirit Award was created to pay tribute to a longtime Chamber Member who personifies the best characteristics of a business person -- altruism, ethics and selflessness. Nominees should be members in good standing with The Chamber, actively involved in some Chamber programs and easily recognized as an advocate of The Chamber in the business community. Sponsor of the Joseph P. Rosenhammer Chamber Spirit Award is P. Joseph Lehman, Inc. This year's Joseph P. Rosenhamer Chamber Spirit Award recipients were John and Evelyn Shields.
--The Young Professional of the Year Award was created to recognize a Young Professional in Blair County who is an outstanding figure in their workplace and community – whose efforts are positively impacting our region, making it a better place for younger people to live, work, play and invest in our community. The Chamber’s Young Professionals of Blair County would like to recognize and thank those fellow Young Professionals for their efforts. The sponsor for the Young Professional of the Year Award is ABCD Corporation. This year's Young Professional of the Year Award recipient was Sherrie Ayers.
2018 Annual Meeting Sponsors
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Altoona Grand Hotel
American Eagle Paper Mills
DelGrosso Family of Companies
Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield
Leonard S. Fiore, Inc.
Lung Disease Center of Central PA
Okonak, Ciocca & Lechner, P.C.
Penn State Altoona
Roberts Oxygen Company, Inc.
Stuckey Ford & Stuckey Subaru
Young, Oakes, Brown & Company, P.C.
Allegheny Lutheran Social Ministries
Altoona-Blair County Development Corporation
First Commonwealth Bank
First National Bank
P. Joseph Lehman, Inc.
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