The Gwinnett Chamber celebrated the successes of 2015 and the successes to come in 2016 Friday evening in front of a crowd of 850 business and community leaders from across Gwinnett and metro Atlanta at the 68th Annual Dinner, presented by Gwinnett Medical Center.
“The Chamber’s Annual Dinner is a special celebration of Gwinnett County and a tremendous opportunity to honor the individuals and organizations who have contributed to the many successes of our great community,” said Dr. Dan Kaufman, President & CEO of the Gwinnett Chamber. “Through vision and service these esteemed leaders have played an integral part in Gwinnett’s growth and achievements, and the Chamber is honored to recognize and pay tribute to them at this celebration.”
After taking a walk down the Mighty 8th Media Red Carpet during the cocktail hour, guests were welcomed into the Grand Ballroom at Infinite Energy Forum for dinner and the awards ceremony. The evening featured a look back at the Chamber’s 2015 accolades and community accomplishments, and celebrated the notable achievements of the following honorees:
Richard L. Tucker, Arlington Capital, is the recipient of the Citizen of the Year Award, which honors individuals whose services have had the greatest impact on the overall quality of life for Gwinnett County in recent years.
Five Public Service Awards are given to individuals who, over the years, have gone above and beyond in their service to the community and its residents. This year’s honorees included: Marlon Allen, Victorious Living Church; Chief Magistrate Judge Kristina Hammer Blum, Gwinnett County Magistrate Court; Dan Seckinger, Gwinnett County Board of Education, District II Representative; Greg Shumate, BrandMortgage; and Leticia Willis, Willis Mechanical.
The R. Wayne Shackelford Legacy Award, honoring the memory and legacy of an individual who has made a difference in the history and progress of Gwinnett County, was awarded posthumously to Sheriff Bobby Plunkett (ret.).
Gwinnett Coalition for Health & Human Services received the D. Scott Hudgens Humanitarian Award given in honor of Scott Hudgens, a respected developer and philanthropist who unselfishly gave of his time and talents to ensure that many others, especially those with limited means, would benefit from his treasure.
In addition, Shelly Bloom, Crystal Collection, received the 2015 Ambassador of the Year Award for her long-standing commitment, dedication and service to the Gwinnett Chamber.
The James J. Maran International Award, recognizing an international company that has chosen to locate in Gwinnett, taking advantage of Gwinnett’s pro-business mindset, and become an active member of the Chamber and the local community, went to CFS Corporation.