Special Recognitions

Special Recognitions

2020 Outstanding Business Person of the Year & 2020 Outstanding Citizen of the Year
Click Here for Nomination Ballot – Deadline Extended to June 1, 2020

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The Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce Proudly Honors

 

 

2020 Leonard “Buddy” Burton Outstanding Business Person of the Year

SUE JOHNSON was honored as the Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce 2020 Outstanding Business Person of the Year. Sue is the owner/operator of Blue Crab Treasures on Main Street and has been a Main Street merchant for over 5 years. She is a staunch supporter of downtown businesses. Sue is a member of the Historic Main Street Merchants’ Association and coordinates many of the organization’s activities such as Search for the Shamrocks. Sue supports local artisans by offering their wares in her store, according to the nomination ballot received from a frequent customer, and is quick to inform customers of events and activities on the island to encourage participation and attendance. Sue is an avid horse lover and supports the fundraising efforts of the Chincoteague Legacy Group, The Feather Fund, and the Chincoteague Pony Rescue by selling their items in her shop. Councilwoman Denise Bowden commented on Sue’s absolute love for her adopted home of Chincoteague Island and how she spreads that love to others.

 

2020 John White Shields Outstanding Citizen of the Year

VALERIE TOLBERT was honored as the Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce 2020 Outstanding Citizen of the Year. While raising two very active boys, she and husband, Mike, built and operated a very successful family business named Sunrise Motor Inn. Now Valerie enjoys spending time with her three grandchildren while still remaining very active in the community. She has been actively involved with PTA in both Chincoteague Elementary and Chincoteague Combined Schools over the years. Storytelling at Chincoteague Elementary School, Chairman of the After Prom Committee, and numerous fundraising positions have kept her busy. Valerie has held positions on the Board of Trustees and Administrative Board of Christ United Methodist Church and has been a dedicated volunteer for Manna Café since its inception. She also brings cheer to nursing home residents with regular visits and gifts and helps at the polls on election day. “There are so many people she has touched on the island with her warm smile”, according to her nomination ballot.

 

PRESS RELEASE – Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce Announces 2020 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

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

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