North Augusta Chamber presents awards at annual meeting
The Greater North Augusta Chamber of Commerce presented its Annual Meeting on February 3rd at the North Augusta Community Center. This year’s event, themed Timeless: Leadership & Service, remembered the historic Hampton Terrace Hotel and saw a sold-out crowd of more than 300 attendees.
The legendary Sharon Jones was posthumously awarded the honor of 2016 Citizen of the Year. Jones’s sister, Willia Stringer, accepted the award on behalf of the late singer, as many family members and friends watched from the audience. After numerous battles with cancer Jones lost her valiant battle on November 16th, 2016, at just 60 years old. But, in those 60 years she lived a life that only most of us can dream of: jet-setting, performing on stages around the world and starring in movies, but she never forgot her hometown, her beloved North Augusta. Sharon Jones brought both attention and pride to the small community, by being a true citizen of the world. She even referenced North Augusta in her song “When I Come Home” singing “left North Augusta at the age of three …”
BriTen Janitorial & Floorcare LLC was presented the award for 2016 Small Business of the Year. The local business had humble beginnings almost 20 years ago, and has steadily grown into successful multi-contract company. Owners Brian and Tennille Williams truly set themselves apart by focusing on the importance of first impressions, which turn into lasting client relationships. This business prides itself on its family environment, and sees all of its employees as part of this family. One way they show this value is by breaking industry standards and offering above-standard pay to their employees. This business also sees the value in giving back to its community and is a local champion for causes such as the Light the Night Walk, the American Heart Association and Alzheimer’s Association – Dancing Stars of Augusta.
Keith Aiken was presented the award for 2016 Ambassador of the Year. The Ambassador of the Year award honors a Chamber Ambassador who has volunteered many hours of time, talent and energy to the success and growth of the Greater North Augusta Chamber. Aiken displays an extraordinary commitment to helping the Chamber meet and engage members. He consistently demonstrates good will, true enduring friendship and camaraderie and always wears a highly contagious smile. Aiken’s keen sense of commitment to family, continuing education and the local and regional business and manufacturing community is truly an asset to the Greater North Augusta Chamber. He is currently employed as an Employment Coordinator with Austin Industrial.