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  • Greater Fayetteville Chamber 2020 Annual Awards
    Chamber Honors Seven at Annual Awards                    

    The Greater Fayetteville Chamber recognized seven individuals and businesses at its February Annual Awards event, “An Evening in Paris,” held at Gates Four Golf and Country Club.

    Keynote speaker for the event was entrepreneur and philanthropist Brian Hamilton, founder of the Brian Hamilton Foundation. A special guest, the “Marquis deLafayette,” regaled attendees with a personalized history lesson. Special thanks to sponsors Cape Fear Valley Health System, Duke Energy, Gates Four Golf and Country Club and Coldwell Banker Advantage.

    Recognized were: John McCauley of Highland Paving Co., REALTOR CUP AWARD (sponsored by the Longleaf Pine REALTORS); Diane Parfitt the ATHENDA AWARD; Cumberland Tractor – Kubota of Fayetteville, IMPACT AWARD; Fayetteville Woodpeckers, BUSINESSOF THE YEAR; City Center Galley & Books, SMALL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR; Ms. Tammy Thurman of Peidmont Ntural Gas, CHAIRMAN’S AWARD; and Ms. Tonie McKnight of Red Lion Inn and Suites, AMBASSADOR OF THE EYAR.

    The Realtor Cup is given to the individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the civic, economic and cultural growth of Fayetteville and Cumberland County.

    Furthermore, the recipient must have demonstrated qualities that define excellence in both business and community service.

    John McCauley of Highland Paving  

    John founded Highland Paving Co. in 2002 and grew it into a regional firm employing more than 200 people. John is also the Founding Director of New Century Bank, now Select Bank and Trust, where he continues to serve. Select bank has branches in 12 cities, with assets over $1 Billion.

    John also served four years on the Southeastern NC Economic Development Commission, dedicated to recruiting and retaining millions in new investments and thousands of jobs in the region.

    John has contributed his strengths towards civic growth in Fayetteville by serving as a member of the following: the NC State Bar local ethic committee which hears complaints against local attorneys, the Mayor’s 2019 Uniform District Ordinance task force, and the Chamber’s Board of Directors.

    He also served as the Assistant District Attorney under DA Ed Grannis.  John founded, along with others, and served as President of Vision 2026, a group promoting economic development and quality of life here in Fayetteville.

    John has twice served as the Deacon at First Presbyterian Church where he led the stewardship campaigns raising more than $1 Million each time, served three terms on the Board of Trustees at Fayetteville Academy – two terms as chair.

    The Impact Award

    This honor is presented to a chamber member business which has had a significant impact on the economy of Fayetteville/Cumberland County in the past year. This winner will have made substantial impact by bringing investment and jobs to the area, while at the same time giving back to the community.

    Cumberland Tractor – Kubota of Fayetteville

    Cumberland Tractor is a family owned business, established in 1944. The company primarily operates in the farm industry, acting as the regional dealer for Kubota Tractors. Cumberland Tractor generates $1.4 million in annual revenue, supporting 8 full time staff. Recently, the company recently constructed and opened a beautiful new facility on Middle River Road.

    Cumberland Tractor is committed to community engagement and was a sponsor of the wildly popular Downtown Summer Nights concert series this past summer.

    The ATHENA Award is one of the most prestigious awards presented by the Greater Fayetteville Chamber. It is presented to an individual who is recognized for professional excellence, providing valuable service to their community and actively assisting women in their attainment of professional excellence and leadership skills.

    The ATHENA Award was first presented in 1982 in Lansing, Michigan and has grown to include presentations to more than 5,000 individuals in hundreds of cities in the United States as well as in Canada, China, Russia and the United Kingdom.                      

    The ATHENA Mission is

    ●             Supporting, developing and honoring women

    ●             Leaders Inspiring women to achieve their full potential

    ●             Creating balance in leadership worldwide

    Diane Parfitt with City Center Gallery & Books

    Her nominators said of Diane – “She is the first person I tell young women to talk to when they are thinking of running for office. With her background as a legislator and feminist, she gives excellent advice and encouragement.”

    Diane is always available to advocate for women’s issues. Nominators shared that Diane was President of Networth, an organization supporting women in business, that also provides scholarships to college-bound women.

    The Business of the Year Award recognizes outstanding business achievement and leadership, acknowledging the positive impact local businesses can have in the community. 

    The winner of this award is set apart as a leader through demonstrated outstanding commitment to the growth of their employees; innovation and creativity in their industry and overcoming a challenge during the past year.

    David Lane, Fayetteville Woodpeckers

    As a part of their commitment to the community, the team launched the Fayetteville Woodpeckers Fund, in support of youth sports. During the inaugural season, the fund invested $75,000 into the local community. The Fund also worked closely with Ft. Bragg in order to drive engagement with members of the armed forces and their families, including multiple theme nights at the stadium and participation in All-American Week.

    The Fayetteville Woodpeckers employ 24 full-time & nearly 200 part-time staff. The team’s managerial style can be defined as empowering, emphasizing internal advancement. Employees have numerous opportunities to learn, contribute, and succeed in the organization.

    The Fayetteville Woodpeckers, in partnership with the City of Fayetteville, faced many adversities leading up to the team’s inaugural season. Segra Stadium saw weather related complications such as flooding on site due to Hurricane Florence. Through it all, the Woodpeckers pushed forward to make the vision a reality. The team celebrated their season opener on April 18, 2019 in front of a sold out crowd of 6,598. Over the course of the season, the Woodpeckers saw 268,753 fans come through the gates of Segra.

    Small Business of the Year Award

    For this award, three finalists are chosen each year from the small business of the month winners.

    City Center Gallery & Books

    City Center Gallery & Books was established in 1999 and is the only bookstore in Historic Downtown Fayetteville. When you visit their beautifully restored circa 1890 building at 112 Hay Street, it is evident that the Parfitts support local arts. They have a great collection of photographs, postcards, reproductions and note cards of historic downtown Fayetteville by award winning photographers.

    Further, City Center Gallery & Books participates in 4th Fridays, A Dickens Holiday, and numerous other Downtown events. They also host events of their own, welcoming authors and artists in the Gallery nearly every month. The business has also donated books to groups such as Kiwanis, the American Heart Association, Cape Fear Valley Hospital, Connections of Fayetteville and other local charities.

    Chairman’s Award is presented to a volunteer who has gone above and beyond in service to the Chamber this past year.

    Tammy Thurman

    Tammy serves on the Board of the Military Affairs Council. She has chaired our Spouses in Military event for the past two years and has taken it to an all new level! Not to mention that Piedmont Natural Gas has been the presenting sponsor both years. She is also an engaged member of our Chamber Board and has arranged for the Chamber to have a donated transportation to haul all our supplies to our major events.

    Ambassador of the Year

    Selection for this recognition is based on a point system. The award goes to the Ambassador who goes above and beyond and exemplifies the spirit of volunteerism.

    Tonie McKnight, Red Lion Inn & Suites

    Tonie has worked selflessly for the Ambassadors. She is a familiar face at almost every ribbon cutting. She regularly visits our members and is often on hand assisting with events. In addition to receiving this award, the recipient will receive a scholarship for the 2020-21 Leadership Fayetteville program.

  • Featuring Keynote Speaker

    Brian Hamilton co-founded Sageworks, the country’s first fintech company, which was one of the largest providers of software to U.S. banks. He sold the company to a leading private equity firm in 2018. He is also the founder of Inmates to Entrepreneurs, a national program that helps people with criminal records start their own small businesses, and the Brian Hamilton Foundation, which provides free entrepreneurship resources, with the goal of helping more people take part in the American dream.

    Hamilton holds multiple patents for his work in automating financial analysis. He is a regular guest on CNBC and is regularly quoted in and writes for all major national media publications. He is also a contributor to Inc. magazine. 


    The first in his family to attend college, Brian holds an undergraduate degree from Sacred Heart University, where he served on the Board of Trustees, and an MBA from Duke University.  

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