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  • Garrett County Chamber of Commerce Awards

    Heise Award Golden Ambassador Volunteer of the Year
  • Heise Entrepreneurial Spirit Award

    The Heise Entrepreneurial Spirit Award was named in honor of Helmuth and Evelyn Heise, founders of Will O' the Wisp and Wisp Resort, Maryland's only downhill ski resort. The Heise Award is given to one business owner each year that has shown similar entrepreneurial qualities. The criteria for nomination include the following:

    • Open to business owners including partners/families that originated, developed, and/or significantly expanded business
    • Willingness to take risks with possibility of losing all
    • Involved in the community
    • High ethical standards
    • Nominee must be a member of the Chamber of Commerce
    • Demonstrated leadership (through one or more of the following): 1) By overcoming a formidable problem that threatened the business’s existence 2) By showing business acumen through embarking on a creative, insightful or overlooked opportunity that makes important contributions to Garrett County’s business environment 3) Through substantive community impact

    The Heise Entrepreneurial Spirit Award Committee, composed of previous winners, will choose 3 finalists and present them to the Board with a recommended winner. Then the Chamber Board of Directors will choose the winner. The winner of the annual award is announced during the Annual Chamber Meeting & Dinner.

     

  • 2020 Heise Award Winner

    The winner of the 2020 Heise Entrepreneurial Spirit Award was announced during the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce virtual Membership Meeting on Thursday, July 30, 2020. Martin Heise made the presentation to this year’s winner, Steve Green, owner of High Mountain Sports. 

    Originally from Rockville, Maryland, Steve took a job as a ski instructor at Wisp Resort in 1987 while on his winter break from the University of Maryland College Park. An avid skier, Steve continued to spend his weekends in Garrett County teaching skiing at Wisp. Steve also began working part-time tuning skis at the local ski shop, The Pinnacle, which was owned by Brian Glotfelty and several other partners. By 1991, The Pinnacle had become High Mountain Sports, relocated to the Trader’s Landing area and Steve bought out the ownership’s partners to become a 50/50 owner of High Mountain Sports with Brian. In 2001, Steve and Brian purchased a second satellite location on Sang Run Rd offering winter sport rentals each winter and, in 2007, Steve and Brian purchased the property that is High Mountain Sports’ current location at Trader’s Landing. In 2015, Steve, along with his wife Kellyann, bought Brian’s complete interests out in 2015, becoming the sole owner of High Mountain Sports. 

    Steve’s first winter as sole owner was a struggle as it was an unusually warm ski season and, unfortunately, it was just the first of a number to come. However, despite the warm temperatures that continued for the last several seasons, Steve made the necessary changes, was able to keep his staff employed and keep both of his High Mountain Sports locations open.  

    Steve is one of the original founders, and currently sits on the Board of Directors, of Garrett Trails, Inc., a nonprofit, volunteer organization dedicated to the development of a network of high-quality, sustainable trails in Garrett County. Steve also helps organize Garrett Trail’s annual Taste of Garrett County event and its Race up the Face competition. Steve has been a driving force of the Garrett County Gran Fondo, a mass-participation cycling event hosted annually by Garrett Trails, that draws between 800 – 1,000 participants per year and contributes more than $1 million in economic impact to the community. Steve has also supported the Deep Creek Winter Sports Team, the annual Savage Man triathlon and, each year, he mans a timing station for Race Across America, the national cycling event, when it passes through Garrett County.

    Steve is a past Board chair of the Garrett County Chamber of and serves on the current Board of Directors leading the Chamber’s Legislative Affairs Committee. He spends time in Annapolis during the General Assembly sessions and engages with Congressional members promoting Garrett County’s priorities. Additionally, Steve serves on the Deep Creek Lake Policy and Review Board and has been active in the local Boy Scouts organization for over ten years.

     

  • Past Recipients of the Heise Award

    2020
    Steve Green
    High Mountain Sports
    2019
    Hugh Umbel
    Bear Creek Traders, Legacy Home Corp., Perkins Restaurant & Bakery, McHenry Beverage Shoppe
    2018
    Tom & Sara Jane Kuhn
    Funland Family Fun Center
    2017
    Nancy Railey 
    Railey Mountain Lake Vacations 
    2016
    Robert Heilig
    Heilig's Plumbing & Electrical, LLC
    2015
    Brian Branthoover 
    Halian & Associates Landscapes 
    2014
    Skip & Linda Carr 
    CLS Ventures, Inc. 
    2013
    Judy Devlin
    Book Mark'et & Antique Mezannine
    2012
    Frank Vitez
    Phenix Technologies, Inc.
    2011 
    Jan Russell
    Savage River Lodge
    2010
    Michael Deligatti, Sr.
    Arrowhead, Garrett 8 Cinema, Uno Chicago Grill
    2009
    Bill Meagher
    Lakeside Creamery
    2008  
    Brenda McDonnell
    Brenda's Pizzeria & Trader's Coffee House
    2007
    Dave & Mimi Demaree
    Demaree Inflatable Boats, Inc.
    2006
    Rob Michael
    State Farm Insurace
    2005
    Barry Rush
    Rush Services
    2004
    Will & Sharon Roszell
    Garrett Automotive Company
    2003
    Jim Flanigan, Sr.
    NuWay Interiors
    2002 
    Johnny Marple
    Johnny's Bait House
    2001
    Olen Beitzel
    Beitzel Corporation
    2000
    Bill Sisler
    Bill's Marine Service
    1999
    Jonathan 'Smiley' Kessler
    Smiley's Pizzeria & Fun Zone

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  • Golden Ambassador Award

    At the Annual Autumn Glory Kick Off Event, the Golden Ambassador is announced. The winner of this award has made major contributions to tourism in Garrett County. Only Chamber members may nominate fellow Chamber members for this prestigious title.

    To nominate someone for this award, please download and complete the nomination form and mail it to Sarah Duck, Garrett County Chamber of Commerce, 15 Visitors Center Drive McHenry, MD 21541 by Friday, September 11, 2020. The winner will be announced at the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce's annual Autumn Glory Kick-Off Event on October 7, 2020.

     

  • 2019 Golden Ambassador

    The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce has named Bob Boal as the 2019 Honorary Golden Ambassador of the 52nd Annual Autumn Glory Festival. The announcement was made at the Annual Autumn Glory Kick-Off Reception & Dinner on October 9, 2019, sponsored by First United Bank & Trust. Patriot Automotive Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram: King of the 4WD is the title sponsor of the 52nd Annual Autumn Glory Festival.  
    The Golden Ambassador is awarded by the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce to a person who has contributed to and supported tourism in Garrett County. The Golden Ambassador is selected by a committee of former Golden Ambassador winners. 
     
    “On behalf of the Chamber and the tourism community, I offer sincere congratulations to Bob on being named the 2019 Honorary Golden Ambassador,” said Nicole Christian, Chamber President and CEO. “Bob is so deserving of this recognition. His passion and commitment for creating tourism experiences while celebrating the history and heritage of Garrett County are unparalleled. He is a humble servant of this community and I am pleased that we are able to show appreciation for his tireless efforts.”
     
    Bob taught history at Southern Garrett High School for thirty-two years before working at the Garrett County Election Board for several years. Bob’s love of history led him to promote the heritage and history of Garrett County through his work with the Garrett County Historical Society, where he served as President for twenty years, and the Oakland B&O Museum and Train Station. Bob has played an instrumental role in the creation and maintenance of the county’s museums. He helped oversee the construction of a new Garrett County Historical Society Museum complete with a gazebo and gas house on the Deer Park Hotel Grounds. The Historical Society houses a treasure trove of exhibits related to the founding of Garrett County, the history of the area and the way of life for Garrett County citizens from years past. The Historical Society Museum features 9 rooms dedicated to Garrett County history including Arts & Recreation, Schools, Hotels, Military, Cabin, B&O Railroad, Garrett, Industrial, and Victorian.
     
    The Garrett County Transportation Museum was also Bob’s brain child and he played a pivotal role in the design, financing and construction of the Museum. He worked with contacts to find the perfect spot on Liberty Street and oversaw the design that incorporated the look of Garrett County buildings from the 1800s. He spent many hours working with a committee on obtaining financing from the Naylor Family Trust for the Museum and then oversaw the construction.  The Transportation Museum, which opened in 2011, includes truck, boat and car displays along with a collection of Deep Creek Lake memorabilia dating back to the early days of the recreational area. Long-time visitors to Garrett County will enjoy reminiscing at the museum about businesses and events that built the lake into a vacation destination. The Museum also offers educational programming and a media-ready room hosts lectures, presentations, meetings and other events.
     
    Bob now serves as Vice President of the Garrett County Historical Society and is the co-editor of “The Glade Star”, the Society’s quarterly publication. A tireless advocate for the history of Garrett County, Bob also presents historical programs about the area to service and civic organizations such as the Lions and Rotary Clubs and Mary Browning Senior Center, among others. Bob also works to find historical artifacts to display at the county’s museums and bring donations in to keep the county’s museums running.
     
  • Past Recipients of the Golden Ambassador

    2019
    Bob Boal
       
    2018
    Steve Green
       
    2017
    Patty Manown Mash
       
    2016
    Nancy Railey
    2000
    Karen Myers
    2015
    Mike Dreisbach & Jan Russell
    1999
    Elaine McDonald
    2014
    Jim Johnson
    1998
    Jerry Thayer
    2013
    Rosie Versteegen
    1997
    Edwin S. Walthall
    2012
    Rob Michael 
    1996
    Asa M. McCain, Jr.
    2011
    Don Sincell 
    1995
    Bill Sisler
    2010
    Pam Trickett
    1994
    Jonny Marple
    2009
    Robert Rudy
    1993
    Art Naylor
    2008
    Patricia Kittle
    1992
    Theodore J. Lascaris
    2007
    Ruth Beitzel
    1991
    Ernest J. Gregg, Jr.
    2006
    Judy Devlin
    1990
    Dr. Alta E. Schrock
    2005
    Bill Grant
    1989
    Helmuth M. Heise
    2004
    Evelyn Heise
    1988
    R. Rudy, Jr.
    2003
    Jeff McCauley
    1987
    Rev. I. Lynn Beckman
    2002
    Randy Rodeheaver
    1986
    R.T. Thayer
    2001
    Jerry Geisler
    1985
    Tom Butscher

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  • Volunteer of the Year Award

    The Volunteer of the Year Award was established in 2011 and recognizes individuals who have provided outstanding service to the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce. The recipient of this award is selected by the staff of the Chamber and recognized at the Annual Dinner.


  • 2020 Volunteer of the Year Winner 

    The winner of the 2019-2020 Volunteer of the Year award was announced at the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce virtual Membership Meeting, held on Thursday, July 30, 2020.  Tim Bender, 2019-2020 Chair of the Board of the Chamber, made the presentation to this year’s winner, Connor Norman of Norman Networking and Promotions. 

    Connor Norman took over as Chair of the Garrett County Diplomats in only his second year on the committee. He has filled this role for the last two years setting the example of how to serve the community as a Diplomat. This is evidenced by his earning Diplomat of the Year honors for the second consecutive year. He attends nearly every Chamber event, personally greeting attendees and helping new members make valuable personal connections. The welcoming and inviting nature he displays helps new businesses and new chamber members feel at ease. Connor has taken on an active role in the recruitment, onboarding, and retention of Chamber members. He uses his experience in growing his business through the Chamber to demonstrate how other members can benefit as well. 

  • Past Recipients of the Volunteer of the Year Award

    2020
    Connor Norman
    Norman Networking & Promotions
    2019
    Chuck Olsson
    First United Bank & Trust
    2018
    Peggy Jamison
    Mayor, Town of Oakland
    2017
    Brenda McDonnell 
    Brenda's Pizzeria
    2016
    Jeremy Bittner
    Railey Mountain Lake Vacations, Chair of the Autumn Glory Festival Committee
    2015
    Sarena Rodeheaver
    1st United Bank & Trust, Chair of the Diplomat Committee 
    2014
    Mark Stutzman, Laura Stutzman, Leigh Clarke, Paula Yudelevit, Emily Newman Edwards, Clint McCabe, Jonathan Kessler
    Branding Study Committee
    2013
    Jim Christie
    Thrasher Engineering
    2012
    Bob Carney
    Long & Foster Realty
    2011 
    Bill Meagher
    Lakeside Creamery

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  • Diplomat of the Year Award

    The Diplomats act as greeters at Chamber events, deliver new member packets, deliver membership directories, participate in new member orientations, attend Ribbon Cuttings/Grand Openings/Ground Breakings and present First Dollar of Profit certificates to new businesses. The Diplomat must be employed by a Chamber Member or the owner of a member business, must have been a chamber member for at least one year and employed with their business for at least  6 months. For their efforts, the Diplomats have the opportunity to compete with each other for the title of Diplomat of the Year. The Diplomat of the Year Award was established in 2015. 

    The Diplomat of the Year is determined through a points system given for membership packet distribution, Business After Hours Attendance, Business Before Hours Attendance, Ribbon Cuttings, Ground Breakings, Grand Opening & First Dollar of Profit Presentation Attendance, Recruiting New Members and Distribution of the Community Profile & Membership Directory.

  • 2020 Diplomat of the Year Winner

    The winner of the 2019-2020 Garrett County Chamber of Commerce Diplomat of the Year award was announced at the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce virtual Membership Meeting, held on Thursday, July 30, 2020.  Tim Bender, FY20 Chair of the Board of the Chamber, made the presentation to this year’s winner, Connor Norman of Norman Networking and Promotions.  

    As a Chamber Diplomat, Connor attended 8 out of 9 Business After Hours, 4 out of 5 Business Before Hours, 14 out of 14 Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies, 5 out of 5 Diplomat meetings, helped in the distribution of New Member packets, and referred 3 new members to the Chamber, achieving a total of 250 points. This is Connor’s third year as a Garrett County Diplomat, second as Chair of the committee, and second consecutive achievement of Diplomat of the Year award.

  • Past Recipients of the Diplomat of the Year Award

    2020
    Connor Norman
    Norman Networking and Promotions
    2019
    Connor Norman
    Norman Networking and Promotions
    2018
    Patty Manown Mash
    Pine Lodge Steak House
    2017
    Patty Manown Mash
    Pine Lodge Steak House 
    2016
    Patty Manown Mash
    Pine Lodge Steak House
    2015
    Sarena Rodeheaver
    First United Bank & Trust