Chamber holds its 99th Annual Awards Dinner

created by Sumter County Chamber of Commerce |

The event was held on May 21, 2019, and the recipients and nominees were selected by members and citizens of Sumter County.

Here are our 2019 Recipients:

2019 Community Partner of the Year

Dustin Durden
Pineland Communications

  • Involvement in supporting critical community issues.
  • Enhancing the overall economy of Sumter County through profitable operations.
  • Exemplifying innovative leadership with employees and clients.

2019 Citizen of the Year

Leon Holloway
Gatewood Florist & Cousin’s Catering

  • Significant contribution and notable impact to Sumter County.
  • Demonstrates definable, exceptional deeds that showcase a dedication to making Sumter County a better place to live, work and play.
  • Extremely active and hands-on within the Sumter County community and easily considered a role model.

2019 Business of the Year      

Jerry Lott, Manager
David Peppers, Human Resources
IMERYS Aluminates

  • Excellent customer satisfaction.
  • Superior customer awareness.
  • Ethical business practices.
  • Business growth within the last year.
  • Current upgrade or expansion of facilities.
  • Excellent relationships with other local businesses and have recently experienced new business investments.

2019 Non-Profit of the Year

MaKenzie Greene, President
Americus Junior Service Leagues

  • Exemplifies best practices in nonprofit management and professional development.
  • Makes a profound difference in the lives of Sumter County.
  • Project a positive community image.
  • Develops and fosters the virtues and skills of civic engagement and social responsibility with in Sumter County.
  • Made an improvement to Sumter County.

2019 “Sparky Reeves” Trustee Award

Wally Summers
South Georgia Technical College

  • Exemplifies the truest meaning of a ‘Community Servant Heart’.
  • Willingness to serve and offer help before asked.
  • Serves willingly and without expecting anything in return.
  • Profound impact on our County in every sector.

2019 One Sumter Visionary Impact Award

Kimothy Hadley
Americus-Sumter High School