Southaven Chamber celebrates award winners

The Southaven Chamber of Commerce Tuesday afternoon/evening held a “Party on the Patio” at its office that included the presentation of the Chamber’s annual awards. The chamber each year recognizes a Man of the Year, Woman of the Year, Small Business of the Year, Corporate Business of the Year, and Non-Profit of the Year. The chamber also awards its Southaven Young Professional, or SYP, of the Year, The Spirit of Main Street Award for a business located in the original district of Southaven, and a Chamber Ambassador of the Year, the chamber member who helps spread the word about the organization promoting the business world in Mississippi’s third-largest city.

The event in the past has been a large dinner event at the Landers Center, however with the COVID-19 pandemic, the chamber made it a smaller activity outside in its patio area and the adjacent parking lot.

Following are the list of nominees, names, and photos of the winners.

Man of the Year Nominees:
Barry Bouchillon – State Farm Insurance
Cory Uselton – DeSoto County Schools – WINNER

Cory Uselton, DeSoto County Schools – Man of the Year

Woman of the Year Nominees:
Sarah Edmiston – Southgroup Insurance
Carmen Kyle – Southaven Chamber – WINNER

Carmen Kyle, Southaven Chamber of Commerce – Woman of the Year

Small Business of the Year Nominees:
ACs Steakhouse – WINNER
Pottery Haven
95.3 & Guess FM – Mighty Media Group

Aaron Hahn and Cindy Borkowski, AC’s Steakhouse and Pub, Southaven – Small Business of the Year

Corporate Business of the Year Nominees:
Iron Mountain
Olive Garden – WINNER

Donna McDonald, Olive Garden – Corporate Business of the Year

Non-Profit of the Year Nominees:
Life Fellowship Church – WINNER
Northwest Church of Christ
Trinity Baptist Church

Tony Boyd, Life Fellowship-Southaven – Non-Profit of the Year

SYP (Southaven Young Professional) of the Year Nominees:
Matthew Kelso
Rachel O’Halloran
Olivia Craig – WINNER

Olivia Craig, Community Bank, Southaven Youth Professional of the Year, with from left, Ford Moore and Barry Prather

Spirit of Main Street Nominees:
Delta Gastroenterology/Delta Weight Management – WINNER
Ultimate Patios, Windows, & Doors
Direct FX

Delta Gastroenterology/Delta Weight Management – Spirit of Main Street Award

Ambassador of the Year: Janet Mote – Mote Plumbing

Janet Mote, Mote Plumbing – Ambassador of the Year

Bob Bakken

Bob Bakken is the most recognized and most trusted name in DeSoto County news and sports reporting, as readers continue to express their appreciation for his accuracy and fairness in the stories he writes. Bob is also heard on 95.3 The Rebel twice a week with sports updates and high school football play-by-play broadcasts in the fall. A former newspaper editor and writer, his award-winning background also includes television news producing, sports media relations, and radio broadcasting.

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