The Sherman Chamber of Commerce held its annual Awards Luncheon Friday to honor businesses and community leaders. The event has continued to grow year over year with a record 330 people in attendance Friday. Last year’s event saw 289 attendees.
Douglass Distributing was named the Large Business of the Year and insurance agency McCullough and Pierson took home the Small Business of the Year award. The Grayson County Crisis Center was chosen as the Nonprofit of the Year and Sherman City Council member and local business owner Shawn Teamann was selected as Community Leader of the Year.
Local fitness clubs owner Shawn Teamann said his decision to become involved in the community stemmed from the ability to make a difference.
“I knew that this was the community that I was going to raise my family in for the foreseeable future,” Teamann said. “Whenever you live in a community like this, that has all the big city amenities but still has small town feel, you know that you can get involved if you want to. What motivates me to get involved is knowing that the things that we do actually make an impact on what our future looks like here.”
McCullough and Pierson Owner Cindy McCullough said she was flabbergasted to receive the Small Business of the Year Award.
“It is an absolute joy to be a part of this community,” McCullough said. “We appreciate being a part of the community and all of the wonderful nonprofits.”
Grayson Crisis Center Executive Director Shelly Shields accepted the Nonprofit of the Year award for the GCC.
“To be in this room this year and have the presence of belonging in this room with this amazing community was honor enough but to accept this award on the behalf of the Crisis Center, our board of directors and all of our staff is amazing,” Shields said. “Our board of directors is more than just our platform for our decisions that we make so I’m grateful.”
The keynote speaker for the event was Austin College President Steven O’Day. In his speech, he celebrated the growth already occurring and continuing to building within the community.
“It has been my experience that when a college is doing well, the community around it tends to do well,” O’Day said. “And the vice versa of that — when the community is doing well, the college tends to do well. We are inextricably connected to one another. It is a relationship that I feel is absolutely necessary in order for everyone to do well.”
Also recognized at the event, chamber board member Asa Jessee, was named Ambassador of the Year for his work welcoming new businesses to the area.
Sherman Chamber Director of Member Services and Events Kristina Quinlan said the event is a chance for them to recognize and give back to the businesses and leaders within the community.
“The chamber is here to promote businesses and to get everyone together and be active in the community,” Quinlan said. “We have a lot of great events throughout the year. It’s a good way to get involved.”
The next chamber event with be a golf tournament held May 4th at Stone Creek Golf Course.