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Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce Annual Celebration-a Night to Remember!

January 19, 2010

(Greer, SC) The Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce celebrated its 72nd year of service along with 360 attendees at its Annual Meeting and Celebration held on January 14th at the Embassy Suites Hotel. The event was presented by Greer Memorial Hospital.  The theme for the evening was “All That Jazz!” and the Chamber celebrated a successful year and a collection of firsts for the Greer Chamber.  Vic Grout, 2009 Chairman of the Board gave a video review of the year and passed the gavel to in-coming Chairman Brian A. Martin, who discussed the future plans of the Chamber and business community.

Brian Gunderson, Vice President of the United States Chamber of Commerce’s Campaign for Free Enterprise was the keynote speaker.  He focused on the need for new businesses to form and the creation of jobs. He also touched on his experiences as Chief of Staff for Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

Sponsors for the event included:

Presenting Sponsor
Greer Memorial Hospital

Platinum Sponsors
BMW Manufacturing Co.
Greer Commission of Public Works
Village Hospital

Silver Sponsors
Duke Energy
Michelin North America, Inc.

Table Sponsors
Bon Secours St. Francis Health System
Carolina First
Citizens Building & Loan
City of Greer
Greer State Bank
The Greenville News
Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A.
Martin & Davis, LLC/Palmetto Bank
Mitsubishi Polyester Film
Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart, PC
Prudential C. Dan Joyner Company Realtors
Transitions @Piedmont Living Center

John Kimbrell, President/CEO of the Chamber stated, “This celebration is always the highlight of our year.  It gives the Chamber the opportunity to thank all of our leadership and members for all they do for the business community.  The Chamber remains focused on being a strong voice for business and I thank Vic Grout and his leadership team for a great 2009 and welcome Brian Martin as the new chairman of the board.”

The Chamber presented three important awards:

“Sud” Paget—Volunteer of the Year Award: Sponsored by CountyBanc Insurance
One of the most meaningful awards the Chamber bestows each year is the one given to the person who contributes an extraordinary amount of time and expertise for the purpose of helping the Chamber and our community grow and prosper. This special award is named in honor of a man who exemplified the ideals of volunteer spirit – Mr. J. S. “Sud” Paget, the founder of our organization and our first volunteer Chairman of the Board for the newly formed Greer Chamber of Commerce in 1937.

Scott Stevens ( is the winner of the 2009 “Sud” Paget Volunteer of the Year Award.

Duke Energy Citizenship and Service Award: Sponsored by Duke Energy
This is a tribute to individuals or groups who make a difference in their communities or places of work by using their time, talents and compassion to positively impact the lives of others. Recipients of the award help foster a culture of citizenship and service that acts as a catalyst for others to become involved in civic and social activities.

Larry E. Wilson (Larry E. Wilson and Associates) is the winner of the Duke Energy Citizenship and Service Award. 

Chairman’s Award for Excellence: Sponsored by Coldwell, Banker, Caine
The Chairman’s Award is given when the Chairman of the Board feels that a company, organization or individual’s contributions to the Chamber and community have been exemplary.  The award recipients are those whom the Chairman believes have particularly assisted him or her during his or her tenure.

Rudy Painter (Countybanc Insurance) is the winner of the 2009 Chairman’s Award for Excellence.

For pictures from the event, check out to view and purchase pictures from the evening.

The Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce is a voluntary, non-profit organization that represents approximately 600 businesses in the Greer area. The mission of the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce is “To Champion Economic Prosperity for our members and the greater Greer community.”  For more information on the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce, call 864-877-3131 or visit

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