Honorees deserving of Chamber awards

The Clinton-Sampson Chamber of Commerce does a great job each year of highlighting the business community and recognizing the efforts of those who work tirelessly to help their community even as they maintain a strong business and industry presence within Sampson and beyond.

This year was no different. From the Chamber’s choice for its top honor, Outstanding Chamber Member of the Year, to the individuals and businesses selected in three other categories — Business Person of the Year, Entrepreneurial Success, Small Business Excellence and the Garnie Edwards award — both those nominated and those chosen as winners represent the best of a remarkable business and industrial community filled with people who work hard and care deeply.

No one can better exemplify the qualities of the Chamber’s Outstanding Member than honoree Lisa Turlington. She is, in every sense of the word, someone that is involved in this community, someone who has a passion for its residents and someone who has helped mold the county into the place it is today.

From her passionate work as past director of the Sampson Arts Council to her staunch support of the Chamber and its activities, from her service as a Rotarian to her tireless efforts to support Sampson Community College and the Foundation she serves as executive director, Turlington has made her mark.

Smart and savvy with a true dedication to improving the quality of life for Sampson and its residents, Turlington, though not a native of Clinton or Sampson County, loves this community and works for it as if she had been born and raised here.

She richly deserves the Chamber’s highest honor. We thank the Chamber for recognizing her efforts and we thank Turlington for the difference she continues to make here.

Kudos also go to Holden Dubose as Business Person of the Year; Ted Herring and Ted’s Charcoal Steakhouse for being named Entrepreneurial Success; Tonya Parrish and Royal Gifts for the Small Business Excellence Award and Anne Wicke for being the Ambassador of the Year.

Dubose, Herring and Parrish are great examples of young people who returned to their roots, furthered their businesses and brought much to their community. They epitomize what it means to return some of that which they have received to those who have helped them become the successful individuals they are today.

We applaud all three for their achievements and for their willingness to help advance our economy and broaden the offerings within our county. We are so appreciative that they have embraced their home county in such tremendous ways.

We tip our hat, too, to Wicke, for her support of businesses and industries through the Chamber’s Ambassador’s program. It is no small feat to attend ribbon cuttings on a regular basis, cheering on businesses. All those who receive the Garnie Edwards Award have been champions for both the Chamber and businesses here and deserve a thank you for their efforts.

The Chamber’s board and its leadership have difficult choices each year, narrowing down a large field of caring candidates who make exceptional contributions to their businesses and their community.

With this year’s nominees and winners, the Clinton-Sampson Chamber outdid itself.

Turlington a perfect choice for Outstanding Chamber member