Thursday, December 8, 2011
Byhalia Chamber Celebration
By SUE WATSON
The top award given by the Byhalia Area Chamber of Commerce went to Mayor Phil Malone, named Leader of the Year during the annual celebration November 17 at Thistledome Inn.
He was praised for setting the pace and modeling positive attitudes.
“He hit the ground running and has not stopped and works hard to get things done to improve the Byhalia area and Marshall County,” were words used in his nomination for the top spot.
Malone said his administration and the city “look forward to doing things together one piece of the plan at a time.”
He recently took up walking in the park a couple of times a week and townspeople are following his example by walking with him. Malone is credited with getting the park upgraded and a new gazebo and landscaping in place. It is now a favorite spot for community events.
The Chamber Board Member of the Year award went to Terry Griffith of Byhalia whose business, Griffith CPA Firm (located in Southaven) is a member of three chambers of commerce. He serves on the board of the Byhalia Area Chamber. He is applauded for inspiring and motivating others.
Griffith’s wife, Priscilla, was present at the ceremony honoring her husband. They were applauded for becoming one of the first to join the Chamber Builders sponsorship program. He uses his talent for singing to entertain at chamber luncheons and at RiverKing Hockey games. The family has lived in Byhalia for 11 years.
The annual Customer Service award was presented to Trinity Mission Health and Rehab of Great Oaks. The award celebrates both excellence in business service and in involvement in the chamber.
“Our Customer Service Award recipient has given back in numerous ways since opening their doors in 2005,” were words used in nominating Trinity Mission for the award. Trinity’s staff has hosted chamber luncheons, sponsored events, served on the chamber board and other committees.
“The staff of this year’s recipient demands excellence to ensure quality care and for the rights of their customers,” wrote the nominator. “Physical care is of the utmost importance.”
Clemestine Breakfield and Denise Stacks accepted the award on behalf of Trinity Mission Health and Rehab of Great Oaks.
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