Member and Diplomat of the Year
Member of the Year
Gary Walls is a regular fixture at Chamber events. But it’s not just his attendance at those events that’s impressive; it‘s his work behind the scenes making those events possible that’s truly noteworthy. Whether it’s his work with the Programs Committee, offering advice or making suggestions about how to make an event better, or paying for event sponsorship and creating greater public awareness, thereby boosting attendance, Gary makes things happen. If there’s an opportunity to advertise on behalf of the Chamber, Gary’s always ready with financial support.
Gary’s a one-man PR department for the Chamber. When he arrives at a Chamber event, he has camera in hand. Snapping photos that he’ll later post on social media, he continually raises the Chamber’s profile and creates awareness across the county of the Chamber’s work. Gary is a past president of the Chamber, but when his term ended he remained as active as ever.
In recognition of his many and varied contributions to the Chamber, Gary was selected as the 2017 Chamber Member of the Year. Belinda Nichols, Senior Vice President Business Development of Citizens Union Bank, and Chamber president-elect considers Gary “The most giving, unselfish person in our community.” Shelby County is truly the beneficiary of the man of generous gestures, Gary Walls.
Diplomat of the Year
Ashley Cassity—a more dedicated and dependable member of the Chamber of Commerce simply can’t be found. He’s a member of the Chamber’s Membership Committee, the Diplomats. Ashley attends all meetings of the membership committee. And, as a Chamber diplomat, he promotes the activities of the Chamber, assists new members with taking advantage of member benefits, and solicits feedback from members on ways the Chamber can better serve them.
In the course of a year Ashley makes contact with nearly sixty Chamber members. All new Chamber members receive a new member’s packet that explains opportunities available to them as Chamber members. This year they’ve also received goody bags filled with items donated by Chamber members. Diplomats are invited to deliver those packets and goody bags, and Ashley is frequently the first to respond. He regularly promotes the Chamber to new and prospective members.
The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce is fortunate to have someone as dedicated as Ashley Cassity serve as one of their diplomats. He truly deserves to be recognized as the 2017 Diplomat of the Year.
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