Seven awards given to ‘Best of County’

The Madison County Chamber celebrates the winners of its “Best of Madison County” Awards Program, honoring companies and individuals that have played a significant role throughout 2012 in making Madison County a great place to live and work.

The seven award recipients have taken an initiative in advancing the success of Madison County through their professional contributions, civic and social involvement and leadership.

The categories and winners are as follows: Business of the Year: Butler Snow; Community Impact: Brown Bottling; Best New Business: Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory; Best Place to Work: C Spire Wireless; Executive of the Year: Jim Jeter, St. Dominic Foundation; Sales Representative of the Year: Cindy Brinson, Hilton Jackson; Marketer of The Year: Jan Collins, Madison County Business League; Rising Star Award: Brant Ryan, Adams & Reese LLP.

“As an annual tradition, the ‘Best of Madison County’ awards have become an important way to thank the people and the companies that make our community a better place to live and work and improve the lives of everyone,” said Paige Petersen, executive director of the Madison County chamber.

“C Spire has been an important corporate partner to Madison County for many years, employing our residents and providing services and support to our community. C Spire was a clear winner for the ‘Best Place to Work’ and we hope to see their name on the list next year,” Petersen said.

Barb Miller, senior vice president of human resources for C Spire Wireless, said the company works hard to create an environment that encourages employee creativity, innovation, dedication and a healthy work-life balance.

“For more than two decades, C Spire has made it a priority to give back millions of dollars and thousands of hours of time to the communities where its customers and employees live and work and Madison County has been an important part of that tradition,” she said. “With more than 400 employees who live and work in Madison County, C Spire’s community presence can be seen through its philanthropic initiatives, partnerships and employee volunteerism that support education, strengthen communities and improve lives.”

The chamber also recognized two individuals that gave time and effort into the Chamber the past year. The two surprise awards were given to Clint Barr of Raising the Barr Fitness and Sherry Pratt of ARBONNE International for Male and Female Volunteers of the Year.

The Chamber welcomed nominations from the public, and then compiled the entries to create a Constant Contact email survey. Once voting went live, all Chamber members received an e-invitation to submit their vote, and links to the survey were continuously posted on the Chamber website, Facebook and LinkedIn pages, and Twitter to allow the community to vote for their favorite nominees. In 15 days, more than 1,650 votes were submitted.