Special Recognitions

Special Recognitions

2021 Outstanding Business Person of the Year & 2021 Outstanding Citizen of the Year
Click here for Nomination Ballot – Deadline April 30, 2021

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The Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce Proudly Honors

 

2021 Leonard “Buddy” Burton Outstanding Business Person of the Year

BRYAN RUSH, Director of Emergency Services and Emergency Management Coordinator for the Town of Chincoteague, was honored as the Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce 2021 Outstanding Business Person of the Year. Bryan has served the town for over 30 years in various capacities, exhibiting the “highest level of moral and ethical standards”, according to his nomination ballot. His leadership and commitment to the community shows in everything he does. Bryan sees to the needs of others at all times of day or night and even during times of personal crisis in his own life. Bryan prepares, informs, and guides us through hurricanes, nor’easters, floods, and now…pandemics in the most professional manner by establishing policies and procedures for approval of Mayor and Town Council to keep our citizens and visitors safe during these catastrophic events. He goes above and beyond job expectations to ensure the safety of those in his care.

 

2021 John White Shields Outstanding Citizens of the Year

BILL & FRAN LYTLE were honored as the Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce 2021 Outstanding Citizens of the Year. Bill & Fran are the founders of the non-profit organization Manna Café, serving hot meals and fellowship to everyone in the community. Through their organization, they have served tens of thousands of free hot lunches every Monday since January 2, 2017. When COVID-19 suspended gatherings in 2020, the group quickly transitioned to home deliveries for those in need. A connection to the outside world has been essential to home-bound islanders. They also instituted a mobile food pantry and began assisting the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia-Eastern Shore to provide food to over 100 households in upper Accomack County and distribute approximately 125 USDA food boxes to eligible seniors on Chincoteague Island each month. In 2020, Manna Café distributed food to 8,300 individuals with leadership from the Lytles. These efforts significantly “contribute to the welfare of our island community” stated the nomination.

 

PRESS RELEASE – Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce Announces 2021 Business Person & Citizen of the Year

 

PAST AWARDEES FOR LEONARD “BUDDY” BURTON
OUTSTANDING BUSINESS PERSON OF THE YEAR

JAMES BOTT – 1990
BILL JONES – 1991
NANCY CONKLIN – 1992
GARY MASON – 1993

KELLY CONKLIN – 1994
DONALD LEONARD – 1995
MIKE McGEE – 1996
WESLEY McDONALD – 1997
JEAN CLARK – 1998
SCOTT CHESSON – 1999
DIANE WATSON – 2000
BOBBY PARKS – 2001
WANDA J. THORNTON – 2002
CHRIS BOTT – 2003
KEVIN KROME & STEVE POTTS – 2004
GEORGE KATSETOS – 2005
RUSSELL & MARTHA EVERET – 2006
MICHAEL T. TOLBERT – 2007
WAYNE & KAY MADDOX – 2008
TOMMY CLARK – 2009
GERRY & LINDA RYAN – 2010
KENNY & MARY BURTON – 2011
TED L. LEWIS – 2012
SUZANNE TAYLOR – 2013
RICHARD CONKLIN – 2014
TOM DERRICKSON – 2015
TOMMY & DONNA MASON – 2016
ROBERT CONNER – 2017
DENISE & RITCHIE CONKLIN – 2018
JEANNIE ROSE – 2019
SUE JOHNSON – 2020
BRYAN RUSH – 2021

PAST AWARDEES FOR JOHN WHITE SHIELDS
OUTSTANDING CITIZEN OF THE YEAR

OLLIE REED – 1990
JAMES RUSSELL – 1991
ANNE WHEALTON – 1992
SHERMAN DAISEY – 1993
DONALD AMRIEN – 1994
J.W. JEFFRIES – 1995
FRED TOLBERT – 1996
OLLIE REED – 1997
FRANCES TURNER – 1998
MARIANNE WHITE – 1999
VERNON MERRITT – 2000
KATHRYN TOLBERT – 2001
JOHN H. (JACK) TARR – 2002
JOHN GRAHAM – 2003
WILLIAM T. MCCOMB, SR. – 2004
NATHAN B. CLARK – 2005
TERRY HOWARD – 2006
HAROLD L. BRASURE – 2007
BARBARA MASON – 2008
ELLEN RICHARDSON – 2009
EVELYN SHOTWELL – 2010
ANNE DAVIS – 2011
EDWARD W. LEWIS, JR. – 2012
JILLIAN POOLE – 2013
WAYNE TOLBERT – 2014
SHERRY TARR – 2015
NANCY LANE – 2016
DENISE BOWDEN – 2017
BILL SPANN – 2018
GARY MASON – 2019
VALERIE TOLBERT – 2020
BILL & FRAN LYTLE – 2021

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