The Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce honored six individuals and families Aug. 4 at its annual Business Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Celebration at The Carolina Inn.
“I am so honored to be here tonight, celebrating the accomplishments of the men and women who’ve given so much to develop our thriving business community in the greater Chapel Hill-Carrboro region,” said Aaron Nelson, chamber president and CEO.
The chamber inducted:
▪ Dickie and Bev Dickinson, Dickinson’s Garden Center
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▪ M. Joseph Hakan, Engineer
▪ Victor Huggins, Huggins' Hardware
▪ Roger and Dorothy Jennings, Jennings and Company
▪ Moreton Neal and Bill Neal, restaurateurs
▪ Brother Peacemaker, Gates of Beauty Body Shop
Joe Hakan, Vic Huggins, and Bill Neal were inducted into the Business Hall of Fame posthumously.
Dickie and Bev Dickinson
Beverly Ann and George H. “Dickie” Dickinson were instrumental in making our community beautiful, helping countless customers plan, plant and care for gardens and natural spaces. They ran a three-generation business and promoted smart watering practices to keep the private and public landscape green and thriving during drought conditions. For their longstanding contribution to our local small business economy and their leadership in keeping our community green and beautiful, we are proud to induct Beverly Ann and George H. “Dickie” Dickinson into the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Business Hall of Fame.
M. Joseph Hakan
Joe Hakan is responsible for some of the most enduring structures in our community, first for the university and then with his firm, Hakan/Corley & Associates. A tireless supporter of both Chapel Hill and its university, he presided over the Public-Private Partnership, the Downtown Commission and serving the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce. For his foundational role in designing and building some of our community’s most beloved structures and for being a pillar of civic engagement, we are proud to induct Joe Hakan into the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Business Hall of Fame.
Leonard Victor “Vic: Huggins was an exceptional raconteur, a passionate supporter of the Tar Heels, and a successful small business owner. Huggins Hardware was a true shopping destination for everything from keys to cast iron skillets – and even roller skates. A former UNC cheerleader, Vic is credited with creating Carolina’s Rameses mascot, and earned honorary membership into UNC’s highest and oldest honor society for his tireless support of the School. For his service to and support of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Community, we proudly induct Vic Huggins into the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Business Hall of Fame.
Roger and Dorothy Jennings
Dorothy and Roger Jennings founded one of Chapel Hill’s most successful companies, creating a family business that grew from a staff of 3 to more than 17 serving a national clientele and earning numerous awards for outstanding work. Roger even chaired the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce in 1988 – a role his daughter Paige reprised in 2013. For generating good jobs that are vital to our local economy, and for supporting community organizations generously, we proudly induct Dorothy and Roger Jennings into the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Business Hall of Fame.
Moreton Neal and Bill Neal
Together, Moreton and Bill Neal fueled the renaissance of fine dining in the South, nurtured appreciation for traditional Southern foods, and gave rise to the locally sourced, seasonal cuisine movement. Their restaurants, La Residence and Crook’s Corner, earned countless accolades and were training grounds for many of the most celebrated Southern chefs. For launching two landmark restaurants, nurturing culinary talent and setting lasting trends in the culinary arts, we are proud to induct Moreton Neal and Bill Neal into the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Business Hall of Fame.
Brother Peacemaker not only fixes vehicles in his tiny body shop on Main Street in Carrboro, he ministers to anyone needing a little touch-up of their own. He lives and works his faith, operating a business that’s as good for your soul as it is for your car. And when he’s not working at the shop, Brother serves as chaplain for the Chatham County Agricultural and Industrial Fair Association. For his deep devotion to customers over three decades in business, we are proud to induct Brother Peacemaker into the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Business Hall of Fame.
‘Spaces and Places’ briefing Aug. 25
The Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce will host a regional development briefing called “Spaces and Places,” 8-10 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 25 at the Sheraton Chapel Hill at One Europa Drive.
These individuals will be speaking at the briefing:
▪ Mark Zimmerman of RE/MAX Winning Edge (Note: Zimmerman writes a monthky column for The Chapel Hill News).
▪ Dwight Bassett, economic development officer, town of Chapel Hill
▪ Kyle Touchstone, president of the Chatham Economic Development Corp.
▪ Laurie Paolicelli, director, Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Bureau
The briefing is sponsored by the Town of Chapel Hill Economic Development, Rho, and Rene Hendrickson, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices–YSU.
To register, go to carolinachamber.org/events.