Ward Chamber names business, citizen of the year
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President and vice-president of the Ward Chamber of Commerce will continue through 2014, Chamber members were told at the 40th annual Ward Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet, held Friday at Grace Community Church. But, president Sharon Roberts said, this, her third stint in the post, would be her last.
During the banquet, H.M. Scott Lumber Co., Ward’s oldest business, was announced as the Chamber of Commerce 2013 Business of the Year.
Also, Jaymee Moore, an employee at the city water department office, was named the Chamber of Commerce 2013 Citizen of the Year.
Master of Ceremonies on the evening was Drew Glover, pastor of Grace Community Church.
“Each year the Citizen and Business of the Year are presented to those who go above and beyond in service to the community,” Glover said.
In announcing Citizen of the Year, Brooke said that to be selected, “One must truly enjoy the workplace and display leadership and communication skills above and beyond what is normally expected. This means giving 110 percent on a daily basis, not just in the workplace but also in the community at home.”
“[Moore] has displayed this from the very first day of employment,” Brooke said.
Roberts, in announcing H.M. Scott Lumber Co., told of its establishment in 1919, described it as a family business passed down through three generations.
It was in 1974 that the current owner got together with other Ward businesses and began the Ward Chamber of Commerce, Roberts said.
Scott Lumber attracts customers from different areas of the state simply out of preference to do business with the company, Roberts said. “They just like to do business with [Mayes and Donna Scott]. They know they will always have excellent customer service there.”
The new Chamber Board of Directors members will be: Robert, president; Brooke, vice president; Devona Caples, secretary; Charles Gastineau, treasurer; Billie Haymes, Gary Meadows, Kelly Probus, Wayne Knight, and Bill Moon.
Banquet goers were served by members of the Cabot High School Air Force JrROTC; the meal was catered by Bella’s Catering.
Mary Jane Sawyer introduced keynote speaker Ken Madden, owner of Cruise Planners in Cabot and Searcy, who was at the banquet to speak on “How to be a small business in a small town with success.”
Pointing to his childhood on a farm, he said he learned early the premise of, “Do what you love and do what you do.”
“I hated it,” Madden said of farming. “Love what you do; do what you love. It applies to all life experiences,” he said.
Practicing it took him through a number of vocations and opportunities, always ready to change to the next experience, Madden said. His current work with Cruise Planners, a national franchise based out of Coral Gables, Fla., is due to his love of travel, he said.
Yet he still finds himself asking himself, “What am I going to do next?” Madden said.
“I do get bored. About every eight or nine years I want to do something different … What is next? I have always wanted to teach a class at [Arkansas State University at Beebe],” he said.
“Do what you love; love what you do,” Madden said.