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Congratulations to Annual Award Recipients!


The Southern Midcoast Chamber (SMMC) is excited and proud to announce the recipients of its annual awards. The awards will be presented on January 15, 5 – 8 p.m. at the Chamber’s “Big Night Out”. The event takes place at the new LL Bean Learning Commons on the campus of Southern Maine Community College’s Midcoast Campus, Sewall St., Brunswick Landing.

Colleagues, friends and family and the public are invited to attend and congratulate the award recipients. Register and pay online at the Chamber’s website.

Mark M. Waltz of Topsham is the recipient of the prestigious “Citizen of the Year” award. He is an attorney, business owner and a Commander of Support Services for the Brunswick Police Dept. His community involvement and leadership spans more than two decades in our communities. This award was initiated in 1958 and recognizes an individual who, through his or her unselfish commitment to the community, embodies the best characteristics of community citizenship and serves as an example to all.

Joy Johnson, the visionary who created Embrace a Vet in 2011 is the recipient of the Joshua L. Chamberlain Award. Embrace a Vet is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing direct and supportive services to Maine veterans and their families with PTSD and/or TBI Solider, statesman, educator and businessman Joshua L. Chamberlain is the namesake for this award, first given in 1976.

Earning business of the year honors is Bill Dodge Auto Group and for small business of the year, Now You’re Cooking. Selection is based upon: business growth and improvement, good financial health, quality customer service, staying power, overall excellence in the marketplace, and community contributions.

New Business Venture of the Year recipient is Tech Place, located at Brunswick Landing that has demonstrated business growth, quality customer service and community contributions. The Young Professional of the Year is an up and coming young Chamber business professional in the region and it is awarded to Kelly Dorsey, Androscoggin Bank. Chamber Volunteer of the Year is awarded to Liz Wyman, Camden National Bank who has conscientiously led the Chamber’s Ambassadors and Membership Committee and served on the SMCC Board of Directors with endless enthusiasm. SMMC Chair Matt Barbour chose Cathy A. Barter, Key Bank as the recipient of the Chairman’s Award in recognition of the many and varied contributions that she has made to the Chamber.

The Chamber is grateful to its “The Big Night Out” sponsors, Southern Maine Community College, Mid Coast-Parkview Health, BEK, Brunswick Hotel & Tavern, Priority Real Estate Group, Standard Distributors and Sweetser.

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