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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 Dinner and Meeting on Thursday, June 9, 2016.

    You can make a nomination for the 2016 Heise Award by using the online form below or by downloading the form HERE and faxing it to 301-334-8073, emailing it to nick@garrettchamber.com, or mailing it to Garrett County Chamber of Commerce,15 Visitors Center Drive, McHenry, MD  21541. 

     

  • 2016 Heise Award Winner

    We are very pleased to announce the winner of the 2016 Heise Entrepreneurial Spirit Award is Robert Heilig of Heilig's Plumbing & Electrical, LLC. 

     

    Before Rob moved west to Garrett County in 1980 he had both previously served in the United States Marine Corp (1974-1978) as well as worked as an Apprentice Plumber from 1978. Upon arriving in Garrett County Rob started working as a service technician for AD Naylor Company where he specialized in Plumbing and Electrical servicing and installations. He was employed there for 12 years until he started his own company “Heiligs, Plumbing, Heating and Electrical” in April of 1992. In building his Business Rob has obtained and maintained licensing not only as a Master Plumber, but also a Master Electrician in both Maryland and West Virginia as well as his Maryland MHIC license.  As Robs Company grew so has his commitment to his employees, his customers and his community. He invested in a new Facility just outside of Oakland in 1999 as well as becoming a Certified Instructor and Board Member for ABC (Associated Builders and Contractors) and subsequently being appointed to the Maryland State Board of Master Electricians. He currently serves on the Garrett County Building Committee, the Garrett County Mechanical Association where he is both a member and President. In addition to his role in the company Rob ls also very involved in the community and with his family and friends. He is married to Diana Winter and has two daughters Lauren Heilig and Sarah Heilig. He is an active member of the following organizations: American Legion Post 71, VFW 10077, Oakland Elks 2481 and served as President of the Oakland Golf Club and Commandant of the Garrett County Detachment 1234 of the Marine Corps League. In his spare time Rob enjoys Traveling, hiking and almost any sporting event both viewing and participating. Although anyone who truly know Rob know that his true passion for relaxation are playing golf and spending time with his family, friends and Nike.

     

  • Nominations for 2016

    Nominations for the 2016 award are now closed. 

     

    Heise Entrepreneurial Spirit Award Nominee Form

    Nominees Must Be a Member of the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce

  • Past Recipients of the Heise Award

    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

    Winners of the presitgious Autumn Glory Festival Golden Ambassador award have made major contributions to tourism in Garrett County and the Autumn Glory Festival. The winner of the Golden Ambassador award is announced at the Annual Autumn Glory Kick Off Reception.

    The nomination form for the 2015 Golden Ambassador is now available. To nominate someone for this prestigious award, please complete the nomination form and return it by September 11 by emailing it to sarah@garrettchamber.com, faxing it to 301.387.2080 attention Sarah or by mailing it to, or dropping it off at, The Garrett County CHamber of Commerce 15 Visitors Center Drive McHenry, MD 21541.

     

  • 2015 Golden Ambassador

    Mike Dreisbach and Jan Russell were named the 2015 Honorary Golden Ambassadors of the 48th Annual Autumn Glory Festival at the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Autumn Glory Kick-Off Reception on October 7, 2015. Garrett Regional Medical Center, a proud affiliate of WVU Medicine, was the sponsor of the 48th Annual Autumn Glory Festival. 

    Jan and Mike began a consulting firm, the Nature of Business, that helped businesses build workplace communities before they opened Savage River Lodge in 1999. Savage River Lodge is comprised of 18 cabins, eight luxury yurts and gourmet American cuisine restaurant with a Wine Spectator Award winning wine list and a myriad of opportunities for recreation. With Savage River Lodge established as a premier resort on the East Coast, Mike and Jan also opened Grant’s Mercantile in June 2014 and The Cornucopia Café in September 2015, both in Grantsville, Maryland.  With their very newly formed business, Fronterra Resources, Mike and Jan are once again entering the consulting world with hospitality, restaurant, marketing, sustainability and recreation consulting. Fronterra Resources is also the managing and operations faction of the Savage River Lodge, The Cornucopia Café and Grant’s Mercantile.

    Mike also serves on the Board and is the current President of Garrett Trails, a nonprofit volunteer organization dedicated to the development of a well-used network of high-quality, sustainable trails that provide access to Garrett County’s historic, municipal and environmental treasures which also link to trails outside the county.  Jan serves on the Board of the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce where she has previously chaired the Membership and Hospitality committees. They are both involved with the Appalachian Culinary Alliance. Their innovation and investments have helped to drive the tourism industry in Garrett County.

    Winners of the Golden Ambassador award have contributed to tourism in Garrett County and the Autumn Glory Festival.

     

  • Past Recipients of the Golden Ambassador

    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.


  • 2016 Volunteer of the Year Winner 

    Of the more than 100 volunteers there is always someone that seems to go above and beyond the call of duty. Therefore, we annually present a Volunteer of the Year award to recognize an individual member’s outstanding service to your Garrett County Chamber of Commerce for a particular program year. This year’s recipient gave countless hours serving your Chamber and the community over the past 12 months. The 2015-2016 Volunteer of the Year is Jeremy Bittner of Railey Mountain Lake Vacations. Jeremy was not only a volunteer but he served in a leadership capacity spearheading one of the community’s largest and most important events. Our recipient attended regularly scheduled meetings and gave an incredible amount of time during this signature event. His dedication and commitment helped lead the event through a transition period and resulted in one of the best Autumn Glory Festivals ever.

  • Past Recipients of the Volunteer of the Year Award

    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.

  • 2016 Diplomat of the Year Winner

    This year’s Diplomat of the year has attended 7 out of 10 Business After Hours, 2 out of 6 Business Before Hours, 3 out of 9 Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies, helped in the distribution of the Community Profile & Membership Directories, achieving a total of 186 points. We are very happy to present the honor of 2016 Diplomat of the Year to Patty Manown Mash, Pine Lodge Steakhouse.

  • Past Recipients of the Diplomat of the Year Award

    2016
    Patty Manown Mash
    Pine Lodge Steak House
    2015
    Sarena Rodeheaver
    First United Bank & Trust