|Tipp Chamber recognizes award winners|
|Written by Jim Dabbelt|
|Wednesday, 11 December 2013 00:00|
The Tipp City Area Chamber of Commerce held their annual Holiday Gala last week, and one of their main events of the evening was to announce their 2013 award winners .
The Chamber honored their Young Professional of the Year, Citizen of the Year, Small Business of the Year, and Business of the Year in front of a full house of key Tipp City individuals and business people at the Crystal Room in Troy.
The 2013 Young Professional of the Year went to Diana Featherstone, who has been very active in the Tipp City community. Featherstone worked on the inaugural year of the Tippecanoe Farmers Market in public relations and marketing, along with several other activities in the community.
She was the Communications Coordinator for the downtown Tipp City partnership, the publicity chair for the Broadway PALS organization, and was involved for the What a Girl Wants Fashion Show for the Cure.
Featherstone came to Tipp City in 2006, coming here from the Indianapolis Childrens Museum. Seven years after being diagnosed with breast cancer, Featherstone has become an active member of the Young Survivors Coalition, helping other women going through treatment for the deadly disease.
After getting involved as co-chairman of the Dayton chapter of the Pink Ribbons Girls, she was instrumental in getting the program going. Featherstone is active in helping those who are afflicted with the disease deal with their treatment.
“I’m not the kind of person that wins awards, I am more of a behind-the-scenes kind of person,” she said after winning the award. “I am very shocked, you are all too kind.”
“I loved Tipp City when we moved here seven years ago, it has become a great home for me. I am very proud of everyone in the Tipp City community.”
Next up was the Citizen of the Year, and Tim Evans from Evans Title Agency.
Evans grew up in Upper Arlington, and graduated from The Ohio State University. After beginning his work in the finance world at Bank One, Evans began his work in the real estate title business.
He is the past president of the Ohio Land Titles Association, serving on their board of directors for over 20 years. Evans has also been heavily involved in the American Land Titles Association.
More recently, Evans has been involved in the community as a member of the Tipp City Planning Board, while also was elected to the Tipp City Council and was named as Mayor of Tipp City during his time on the council.
“The Chamber of Commerce and Tipp City are very near to my heart,” Evans said via video. Evans was unable to attend due to recent surgery, but his family was there to accept for him.
“The Chamber has done a great job of growing relationships of the business community for years, and it’s stronger than ever. It's all due to the hard working individuals who have dedicated their time to the Chamber of Commerce, and the leadership. I am honored and humbled.”
The Small Business of the Year went to a company who has been in Tipp City since 2001. Midwest Memories had doubled in size over four years, and in 2009, Terri Bessler took over ownership of the company.
Bessler has been on the board of the Downtown Tipp City Partnership since taking over the business, while serving as the Chairman of the Design Committee. One of her biggest contributions was her development of the Key Into Tipp City promotion, which allows smartphone owners the ability to learn about the downtown Tipp City businesses and buildings.
“I'm honored to receive the award, but more than that, I'm honored to have so many wonderful people in the community, businesses, service industries, council, and everyone in Miami County to work with," Bessler said. "I learn from the best, and am happy to be part of the team.”
Finally on the evening, the Business of the Year award went to Indian Creek Fabricators, who have been in business for 27 years.
"This company delivers what is promised, and spends extra care to get things right, working in a very demanding and competitive environment," said presenter Mike McDermott. He added that this company is an active supporter of several area organizations, non-profits and charities.
Prior to the awards being handed out, the Chamber recognized several member businesses who are celebrating milestone anniversaries with the Chamber of Commerce.
Recognized for 10 years are Canine Creations, Fox’s Pizza Den and Preferred Payroll Services; 15 years includes Doll Layman and Greenfire Bistro, and for 20 years it is Royal Crest Marketing.
25 years recognition went to Thomas R. Cochran Co., LPA and WiGro Construction, while 30 years were recognized as Cairns Toys, Hospice of Miami County and Stanley Steamer. Cotterman & Company, Inc. was recognized for 35 years, Edison Community College 40 years, and the Tipp City Area United Way 70 years. Also, the Tipp City Public Library was honored for 90 years in the community.
Sitting at 100 years was Battelle & Battelle LLP, 115 years for Favorite Insurance and 150 years with US Bank and Ginghamsburg Church.
Two special awards were also given out on the evening, as Jim Bayliff was awarded for his 50 years as a licensed funeral professional. Also awarded for his involvement in the community was Tipp City resident Eric Alexander.
Also, the new board members for the Chamber were introduced, along with comments from the new chairman Kristen Bayliff.