Many Recognized at Chamber Annual Dinner

By: 
Jerry Curry, Staff Writer

 The Washington County Chamber of Commerce celebrated community growth and achievements at its annual dinner held at Cornerstone Hall on Wednesday, Jan. 24. The event was focused on recognizing outstanding individuals and businesses in the community while emphasizing collaborative efforts for economic development and community growth in Washington County’s communities.
  

President Ryan Buchanan, introduced the 2024 new board members. Jennifer Hutchinson from Eddie Gilstrap Motors, Nick Weymouth from Titan Tint & Graphics, and Carlos Bravo from El Camino’s.
    

Three prestigious awards were presented at the event, highlighting excellence in entrepreneurship business leadership, and civic service for the year.

Entrepreneur of the Year: Chad Thixton, recognized for innovative spirit, community involvement, and dedication to exceeding customer expectations. Chad is deeply involved in the community and always seeks opportunities to improve their products and grow their business. He and his wife have incorporated a community need into their business model and found ways to deliver their products to their customers. Trixton’s main business is Morning Breeze Cattle Farms.
    

Business of the Year: Salem Apothecary, lauded for their commitment to exceptional customer service, support for other businesses and contributions to community events. Salem Apothecary provides excellent customer service and understands the importance of supporting other businesses in the community. They go above and beyond by hosting small businesses during community events and created many revenue opportunities for themselves; it’s where customers can enjoy lunch or shop local vendors while waiting for their prescriptions to be completed.
    

Citizen of The Year: Tony Hoke, honored for his tireless efforts in assisting those in need, raising funds for community causes and embodying the spirit of selfless service. Tony is dedicated to selflessly helping others. He is committed to assisting those in need in our community while remaining humble and quiet. Every year, he plans, organizes, and executes events to raise funds for community members facing difficult circumstances. In 2023, he raised approximately $30,000 for medical assistance and donations of over 1300 pounds of pet food to the Animal Shelter.
    

Additionally, the Chamber introduced a new award, Advocate of the Year. The inaugural award was presented to Ryan Buchanan.

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