County Chamber Announces Award Recipients
January 05, 2018
Area businesses and individuals will receive special recognition at the Tuscarawas County Chamber of Commerce annual awards banquet later this month. The Belden Brick Company of Sugarcreek is the recipient of the Large Business of the Year award for companies with more than fifty employees while The Barnett Realtors, Inc. of New Philadelphia was selected for Small Business of the Year recognition.
Serving Tuscarawas County with five brick manufacturing facilities, raw material mining operations, a central maintenance department, and a brick veneer processing facility, Belden Brick offers innovative and architecturally creative options for beauty, strength and durability in building materials. With more than 500 area employees, Belden Brick is one of the largest employers in the Tuscarawas County area. The company also supports the community in a variety of ways through their generosity and the involvement of their employees in many civic projects and activities.
The Barnett Realtors, Inc. has been selected as the Small Business of the Year for their community involvement, service to their clients and industry admired best practices. Kay and Craig Barnett have fifteen real estate agents, four of whom have brokers’ licenses, and three full-time support staff. The company also has a long history of supporting many community events and activities including their annual “Wings of Hope” Gala, which has raised more than $230,000 since 2010 in support of the Truman Community Hospice House in New Philadelphia.
Starlight Enterprises, Inc. will receive the Organization of the Year award. The group was nominated by John Beitzel of New Philadelphia. Serving a population comprised mainly of adults with developmental disabilities, Beitzel noted a visit to the S.E.I. facilities “will make any day turn instantly into a bright, meaningful experience. The laughter, joy and sense of community involvement is so evident on the face of every individual.” S.E.I. has become a model around the state for other providers because of its positive outcomes for people and communities.
Shannon Mitchell, a first grade teacher in the Tuscarawas Valley Local Schools, has been chosen to receive this year’s “Educator of the Year” honor. Her nomination was submitted by Tuscarawas Valley Local Schools Superintendent Mark Murphy. Murphy described her by saying “she accepts children where they are, regardless of ability, disability or socioeconomic status. She loves, guides and instructs each child in such a way that helps them experience the wonder of learning as well as grow in character, kindness, and compassion towards others.”
“It was a very difficult decision to choose this year’s recipient.” said Chamber President Scott Robinson “Our community is fortunate to have these nominees teaching in our area school districts.” The award is given annually by the Chamber of Commerce.
The honorees will receive their awards at the Chamber’s 59th Annual Awards Banquet on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at the Schoenbrunn Inn and Conference Center in New Philadelphia. The Citizen of the Year, Hall of Fame award recipient, Volunteer of the Year, the Tuscarawas Valley Safety Council Member of the Year and the Tourism Ambassador of the Year will also be announced that evening. Sponsors for the event include Baker Florist, Boltaron, Buckeye Career Center, Digital Marketing Group, First Federal Community Bank, First National Bank of Dennison, Freeport Press, Habitat for Humanity ReStore, Kent State University Tuscarawas, McInturf Realty, Moore & Neidenthal, Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District, Performance Additives, Schoenbrunn Inn and Conference Center, The Budget Newspaper, The Commercial & Savings Bank, Triple “S” Energy Management LLC, the Tuscarawas County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Tuscarawas Valley Safety Council, and Union Hospital. For more information, call the Tuscarawas County Chamber of Commerce at 330-343-4474. Reservations are necessary for the banquet.
Scott Robinson, CEO/President