This town’s chamber of commerce is ready to salute some of its own and also announce Zebulon’s top citizen for the 2015 year.
The Zebulon chamber’s annual awards banquet is set for Thursday, Jan. 28, from 5:30-8 p.m. in East Wake Academy’s Eagle Hall, located in the high school building.
The event will be the second major undertaking for new chamber executive director Denise Nowell, who helped rebrand and revamp the annual Christmas events in December. The banquet will also be the first endeavor of the year for the chamber’s new board of directors, marking the official leap into the year ahead for the organization.
“The Zebulon Chamber of Commerce benefited from a strong and capable board of directors in 2015,” said chamber President Mike Almquist. “This was a transition year and the board stepped up to deliver the results necessary including the recruitment and hiring of executive director Denise Nowell. Denise has proven to be a dynamic and visionary chamber leader.”
Nowell is excited to start her first full year in the position, which began with a recent all-day planning meeting of the chamber board.
“Time invested at the start of the year will afford us a joint vision, and allows us to work throughout the year with a shared purpose,” Nowell said. “We are excited about working together for the good of the Zebulon business community.”
The chamber’s new board members are Teresa Caviness (Duke Energy), Elisa DeLoach (Fonville Morisey Realty), Jennifer Lane (US Foods) and Zebulon Boys and Girls Club unit director Jason Jones. They join existing board members David Berry (Futrell Development/Weaver’s Pond), Sharon Davis (GlaxoSmithKline), Brian Johnson (Four Oaks Bank), John Thomas (BB&T) and Patricia Wells (East Wake Academy).
Outgoing board members are Stephen Graham, Chuck Corbett (Parrish Realty), Don Mitchell (Norris Creek), Craig Narron (Allstate) and Anthony Riggs (GlaxoSmithKline).
The banquet will recognize the contributions of chamber board members and ambassadors. Awards will be presented for large and small Business of the Year, and Zebulon Mayor Bob Matheny will retain his annual duty of announcing the citizen of the year – a Zebulon resident who has made an outstanding contribution to the community in the previous year.
Johnny Evans, a former NFL punter and quarterback and current radio sportscaster for the N.C. State football team, will be the keynote speaker for the event. John Clark, the co-anchor of the ABC 11 Eyewitness News morning newscast, will serve as emcee.
Tickets for the banquet cost $35 and can be obtained by calling the chamber at 919-269-6320 or visiting zebulonchamber.org.
Citizen of the Year nominations may be submitted by any chamber member, business, civic club or Zebulon-area resident. Nomination forms and instructions can be found at nando.com/3b3.