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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 6, 2019.

    You can make a nomination for the 2019 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. Nomination submissions due by EOD on Friday, April 12.

     

  • 2019 Heise Award Winner

    The winner of the 2019 Heise Entrepreneurial Spirit Award was announced at the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce Annual Membership Meeting & Dinner held Thursday, June 6 at Wisp Resort. Martin Heise made the presentation to this year’s winner, Hugh Umbel, owner of Bear Creek Traders, Huey’s Ice Cream, Legacy Home Corp., McHenry Beverage Shoppe and Perkins Restaurant & Bakery. 

    Hugh is a Garrett County native who was raised in the Sand Spring community near Friendsville. After studying economics and marketing at American University, Hugh created Legacy Home Corp and began constructing custom-built homes in the Washington, D.C. area and part-time in the Deep Creek Lake area. He developed the Garrett County housing community, Waterfront Greens with Umbel-Goodfellow, turning it into a highly sought-after development.  In 1992, Hugh began developing Market Square Shopping Center in the heart of McHenry and founded and operated the 20,000 sq. ft Shop ‘n Save Supermarket for over 20 years. Wanting to bring more choices to the area, he added Perkins Restaurant and Bakery to Market Square, a risky development, since he had no prior restaurant experience. Today, Perkins has become a staple in the community for tourists and residents. In June 2003, Hugh acquired McHenry Plaza Shopping Center which is home to McHenry Beverage Shoppe, and in June 2004, Hugh opened Bear Creek Traders, a retail store offering apparel, souvenirs and home décor and is one of the largest retail outlets in the county. 

    Hugh has employed thousands over his career and currently employs over 100 people, many of whom have been with him for over 10 years. Hugh has served on the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and the Chamber’s Vacation Guide, Social Events and Board Nominating Committees. Over the years, Hugh has sponsored numerous local events, organizations and events including schools, churches, the Deep Creek Fire Department, Art & Wine Festival, Autumn Glory and the July 4th Fire on the Mountain fireworks.

     

  • Past Recipients of the Heise Award

    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

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

    The nomination form for the 2018 Golden Ambassador is now available. To nominate someone for this prestigious award, please complete the nomination form and return it by September 7, 2018 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.

     

  • 2018 Golden Ambassador

    The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce has named Steve Green as the 2018 Honorary Golden Ambassador of the 51st Annual Autumn Glory Festival. The announcement was made at the Annual Autumn Glory Kick-Off Reception & Dinner on October 10, 2018, sponsored by Patriot Chrysler Dodge Ram Jeep. Garrett Regional Medical Center, a proud affiliate of WVU Medicine, is the title sponsor of the 51st 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. 
     
    Steve has been an owner of High Mountain Sports, a full services outdoor sports and recreation business in Garrett County, for 25 years. Steve oversees High Mountain Sports’ two locations: one on Garrett Highway with a retail store, water sport rentals and pontoon boat tours, where Steve has been known to give tours personally, and a second satellite location on Sang Run Rd offering winter sport rentals each winter. 
     
    Steve is also one of the original founders of Garrett Trails, Inc., a nonprofit, volunteer organization dedicated to the development of a network of high-quality, sustainable trails in Garrett County. Steve is on the Board of Directors and serves as the Treasurer of Garrett Trails, as they work to create and maintain quality trails that provide access to the area’s historic, municipal, and environmental sights, thus attracting visitors and promoting fitness and outdoor enjoyment for county residents. 
     
    Steve has also 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 also helps organize Garrett Trail’s annual Taste of Garrett County event and its Race up the Face competition. Steve has also supported 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 was appointed to the Governor’s Commission for Outdoor Recreation and he serves on the Maryland Bike Coalition and the Board of Directors of the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce, where he currently chairs the Chamber’s Legislative Affairs committee and serves on their Finance Committee.
     
  • Past Recipients of the Golden Ambassador

    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.


  • 2019 Volunteer of the Year Winner 

    The winner of the 2018-2019 Volunteer of the Year award was announced at the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce Annual Membership Meeting & Dinner, held Thursday, June 6 at Wisp Resort.  Patty Manown Mash, Chair of the Board of the Chamber, made the presentation to this year’s winner, Chuck Olsson, Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer for First United Bank & Trust. Chuck Olsson is the Chair of the Work Ethic Diploma program working with the schools and businesses to create a program that instills a strong work ethic in our young people and helps our businesses hire quality employees. He assisted with the exit interviews required for each student enrolled in the program and recently presented Work Ethic diplomas to 32 students in the inaugural Class of 2019. Chuck also serves on the Chamber’s Work Force Development Task Force, has been involved with the Chamber’s HR Roundtable and has served on the steering committee since its formation in 2016. He has assisted in securing topics and speakers for the monthly meetings and has even shared his knowledge and experience as a presenter on different occasions. Chuck has also acted as a strong advocate of the HR Roundtable, often promoting it as a valuable resource for Chamber members.

  • Past Recipients of the Volunteer of the Year Award

    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.

  • 2019 Diplomat of the Year Winner

    The winner of the 2019 Garrett County Chamber of Commerce Diplomat of the Year award was announced at the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce Annual Membership Meeting & Dinner, held Thursday, June 6 at Wisp Resort. Patty Manown Mash, 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 10 Business After Hours, 2 out of 6 Business Before Hours, 18 out of 19 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 242 points. This is Connor’s second year as a Garrett County Diplomat, first as Chair of the committee, and first achievement of Diplomat of the Year award.

  • Past Recipients of the Diplomat of the Year Award

    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