Chamber awards deadline scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 30

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Posted 11/15/17

"The very essence of leadership is that you have to have a vision," said the Rev. Theodore Hesburgh. "It's got to be a vision you articulate clearly and forcefully on every occasion. You can't blow …

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Chamber awards deadline scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 30

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"The very essence of leadership is that you have to have a vision," said the Rev. Theodore Hesburgh. "It's got to be a vision you articulate clearly and forcefully on every occasion. You can't blow an uncertain trumpet."

Cleveland and Bradley County abound with leaders who have a vision for this community, who are certain about what they want to happen.

Among those who clearly articulated his vision in the marketplace was M.C. Headrick, for whom the Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce named its highest honor.

"Each year the Chamber of Commerce recognized individuals who have a vision and who best demonstrate the principles of the late M.C. Headrick," Chairman of the Board Roger Pickett state. "M.C. Headrick was a successful businessman who believed in the concept of free enterprise. Each fall we invite members of the community to nominate a person they feel best represents the ideals of the free enterprise system."

Nomination forms and a complete list of award criteria are available at the Chamber office or by calling 423-472-6587. In addition to the form, nominations must include a resume of the candidate and a cover letter detailing the nominee is eligible for the award. J. Lee Stewart, Southern Heritage Bank, was the 2017 recipient of the M.C. Headrick Free Enterprise Award.

Additionally, the Chamber of Commerce honors someone who "fulfills his vision ... from passion, not position." (John Maxwell).

One such individual was the late Robert W. Varnell, for whom the CBCC has named its prestigious Leadership Award.

"One of the highlights of the Chamber's Annual Meeting is recognizing an individual who best demonstrates the principles of the late Robert Varnell," noted Pickett. "Robert Varnell is best remembered for his outstanding community leadership, and this award is presented to a person whose life represents the passion in business, church and community relflected in Robert Varnell's life." Dr. Ronald S. Coleman, Surgical Associates of Cleveland, retired, and a member of the ownership group of The Old Woolen  Mill, received the 207 Varnell Leadership Award. Nomination forms and a complete list of award criteria are available on the Chamber's website www.clevelandchamber.com or by calling the organization's office at 423-472-6587.

The CBCC will present both awards at the 92nd Annual Meeting on Jan. 23, 2018. Deadline for nominations is Nov. 30, 2017.


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