Special Recognitions

Special Recognitions

Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce Honors
2018 Business Persons and Citizen of the Year

 


DENISE & RITCHIE CONKLIN
, known affectionately as Mister & Mrs. Whippy, were honored as the Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce 2018 Outstanding Business Persons of the Year.  In 1991, the Conklin family purchased the Dari Dream, a small ice cream shop from Lee Savage, and changed the name to Mister Whippy. Richard Jr. built the new shop on Maddox Boulevard in 1997. Their generous community involvement includes donations to Manna Café, North Accomack Little League, and numerous school events and functions. Ice cream treats, coffees, and now doughnuts keep island residents and visitors smiling.

 

 


BILL SPANN
 was chosen Citizen of the Year for his far-reaching contributions to area non-profit organizations, namely the Chincoteague Island Family YMCA and the Museum of Chincoteague Island. He was recognized for his visionary ideas for the local YMCA in finding its permanent home, developing a volunteer program, and partnering with other organizations. Bill’s involvement with the Museum of Chincoteague Island includes developing new fundraisers and programs to increase visitation to the museum. Bill was instrumental in building Heritage weekend, the Road Scholar program, and the Oral History library in conjunction with the Chincoteague Island Library. “His moral and ethical standards are exemplary” according to the nomination form that was submitted.

 

PAST AWARDEES FOR 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

 

PAST AWARDEES FOR 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

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