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Congratulations to the 2015 Chamber Choice Award winners!
by Chamber News on May 8th, 2015

​The 6th Annual Chamber Choice Awards went off without a hitch last night at the Rainwater Conference Center and the winners are still celebrating today. Congratulations to those who made their way down the red carpet to be recognized among our county’s top leaders and businesses.
BIG Thinker Award: Quillian Powell, Quillian Powell Construction Company, Inc.

Quillian Powell says that honesty and integrity are the two things that can’t be taken away from you, and he runs his construction company on that premise. Powell started his career in construction when he was 20 years old and worked for 22 years before he branched out on his own. Founded in June 1987, and incorporated in August of 1987, Quillian Powell Construction Company, Inc. is full-service licensed contractor in both Georgia and Florida. A leader in the community and a past chairman of the Chamber board, Quillian Powell is committed to making this community better, and is a much deserving recipient of this honor.
Small Business of the Year: Bush Wealth Management
T​here’s nothing small about the impact that Bush Wealth Management has on this community. The financial services firm established in August 2004 offers a wide range of insurance, estate, and wealth planning strategies, and designs personalized plans for each client. They pride themselves on going beyond the “sale” as they form personal relationships with each client. The also are involved in the community, donating time to projects like Habitat for Humanity, and money to deserving students in their scholarship efforts. This year, the growing company broke ground on their newest location which will open this fall. They are consistently recognized as Best of the City and are truly deserving of this award.

(Pictured above: Stacy Bush, Greg Bright and Kent Patrick)
Members’ Choice Award: South Georgia Medical Center​
South Georgia Medical Center is a  healthcare leader committed to quality patient care. Their growing healthcare enterprise, SGMC, consists of four hospitals: South Georgia Medical Center, SGMC Smith Northview Campus, SGMC Lanier Campus and SGMC Barrien Campus that serve a large, diverse population with a wide variety of services. The Pearlman Cancer Center has been consistently recognized for its excellence in cancer care, and the healthcare enterprise is recognized on a local, statewide and nationally for exceptional patient care in areas ranging from spine surgery to stroke care. Chamber members have spoken and South Georgia Medical Center has risen to the top as this year’s deserving Members’ Choice Award winner.
Young Professional of the Year: Cindy Romero, Wild Adventures
As the Operations Manager for Wild Adventures Theme Park, Cindy oversees more than 175 employees across multiple operating divisions including Attractions and Park Services, and is responsible for a large operating budget. She developed a bench that retains and rewards Wild Adventures’ high potential employees that was so successful, it was implemented at other parks. She is organized and innovative, having developed Wild Adventure’s successful “Stay & Play” program that has really helped to keep guests entertained during periods of weather downtime. She consistently evaluates operations, finding ways to do more with less. Cindy is an asset to her Wild Adventure’s team, and is a wonderful recipient for this award.

(Pictured Above: Jennie Boyer, Cindy Romero, Molly Deese of Wild Adventures).
Ambassador of the Year: Jerry Kozuch, South Georgia Vein Center

Jerry Kozuch sets standards high for what it means to be a Chamber Ambassador. She dedicates her time to ensuring that every event the Ambassadors attend is successful and memorable. Jerry has volunteered and assisted with more than 50 events in 2015. She regularly participates in many groundbreakings, ribbon cuttings, Leading Business of the Week presentations, Business After Hours and many other special events. Twice named the Ambassador of the Quarter in 2014, no matter the cause – from stuffing envelopes to meeting and greeting members at events – Jerry is always a team player, making her a wonderful asset to the team of Ambassadors and the Chamber. Ambassador Coordinator, Wanda Stanley says Jerry is “a great example to our community of what our Chamber is all about—a truly deserving Ambassador of the Year for 2015!”

(Pictured: Jerry Kozuch and her team of supporters).

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