Chapin, SC (Paul Kirby) – The Chapin Area Chamber of Commerce awarded Chapin Mayor Skip Wilson the Stanley E. Shealy Service Award this year at their annual gala. The Boots & Bling event was held at the Ole Oak Barn in Little Mountain, SC.
According to the chamber, this award is to recognize the efforts of those who are working to make Chapin a great place to live. Nominees can be a non-profit organization, civic group, student organization, churches, or group of citizens that works collectively to improve the quality of life and make a positive difference in our community.
In presenting the award to Wilson, the chamber’s Executive Director Christina Chappell said that Wilson could always be found serving others selflessly in any capacity. She said that whether it be trying to work out technical problems with the sound system during the comedy night or working behind the scenes in some capacity where he received absolutely no recognition, Wilson could be counted on to do any task that contributed to the success of everyday or special projects of the community and the chamber.
The Small Business of the Year Award was presented to Springhill Construction. According to their website, Springhill Construction LLC is a general contractor company that provides their clients with a quality product at a reasonable price. They provide full service general contracting including design/build services, traditional construction contracting, and value engineering. They do new commercial and commercial up fits.
The chamber’s Large Business of the Year is a company that has 50+ employees. All nominees for this award must have been in business for at least one year and be members of the Greater Chapin Chamber of Commerce.
This year, the Chapin Chamber’s Large Business of the Year Award was presented to Publix. Chappell said that even before the Publix was completed, they began contributing to the community in a number of ways. They have supported their employees, the area’s schools, civic organizations, and other community efforts since the store was opened. That award was accpeted by one of the store's assistant managers on behalf of the employee team at Chapin Crossing.
The Young professional of the Year Award was presented to Justin Mooore of M&W Mobile Marine. This award recognizes a young professional who is making his/her mark as an active member of the Chapin business community. All nominees for this award must have been in their current role, at their respective business, for no more than five years, and must be a member of the Greater Chapin Chamber of Commerce.
M&W Mobile Marine Service opened in 2006. It was opened by Marcus Slominski and his wife Emily. In the beginning, Emily would answer the phone and do the billing while Marcus turned the wrenches. They finally moved into a building they shared with another business in 2010, and then their own in 2012.
Justin Moore is their service manager. He is a Yamaha certified technician with many years of technical experience. After working as a technician at M&W he stepped into the service manager role in 2014.
The Annie Epting Volunteer of the Year Award was also given Friday night. It is given to any individual who has contributed to the community in a volunteer status. That award was given to Christine Milling who was not able to attend Friday night. It was accepted on her behalf by a friend.
Finally, the Chamber Advocate Award was given to T.C. Bowers. This award is presented annually to a business person who has been an avid advocate of the Greater Chapin Chamber of Commerce. This individual or business has gone above and beyond to help promote and support the Chamber, such as actively recruiting new members, regularly attending membership meetings and functions, assisting with various projects or needs, and is basically a champion/cheerleader for the organization.
In addition to the awards that were presented, the attendees enjoyed a wonderful meal from Farm Boy’s BBQ, drinks, music provided by the Brendan Roberts Band, dancing, and a cornhole tournament with a $100 grand-prize.