Chamber slates celebration Jan. 17

GLOVERSVILLE – The Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce announced Tuesday the chamber’s award winners for 2013 will be honored at its first annual Celebration and Cocktail Party.

The event is scheduled for Jan. 17 at the Holiday Inn in Johnstown.

Members of the community, business officials, and state and local government officials are often among those in attendance and chamber President Mark Kilmer said many voiced pleasure in the networking part of the event.

This event is a departure from the annual dinners of the past, the chamber said. The event will have a more festive atmosphere and networking will be the focus of the activity.

Kilmer said the change was needed due to the increased size of merged membership. He said it’s hard to accommodate more than 300 people in any local venue, and last year the event had well over that number.

“The greatest amount of compliments we have received was about the pre-networking event before the sit down dinner, so we decided to highlight that part of the event this year,” Kilmer said.

The cocktail celebration isn’t the only first this year since this year’s awards has also presented its first tie, Kilmer said.

Both St. Mary’s Healthcare and The Leader-Herald have been named the recipients of the Centennial Chamber Business of the Year Award.

Each business has more than 100 years experience providing a service to the community.

“St. Mary’s Healthcare is honored to be recognized as a recipient of the Fulton-Montgomery Chamber’s Centennial Award. We gratefully acknowledge this tribute to our dual role as health care resource and community partner,” said Hospital President and CEO Vic Giulianelli.

“I was very pleased when I received the call that The Leader-Herald was given this honor by the chamber,” said Publisher Patricia Beck on Tuesday. “This is a positive reflection deserved by the thousands of local residents who have worked as a part of The Leader-Herald family since its beginning in 1887. The employees from the past and our current staff are the true recipients of this recognition.”

Kilmer said the awards were decided based on member nominations and a vote by the chamber’s Board of Directors.

The other award winners this year include: Small Business of the Year, Seely Conover’s Office Centre; Barbara V. Spraker Tourism Partner Award, Pecks Lake Protective Association; Agricultural Business of the Year, Rogers Family Orchards, Inc.; Chamber Family Award, Heck Family (Alpin Haus); Edward L. Wilkinson Industry of the Year, Benjamin Moore, Inc.; Thomas B. Constantino Entrepreneurial Award, Christian Klueg, CMK & Associated Real Estate; and Young Professional of the Year, Chuck Torres, The Geek Pantology.