Chamber announces superlatives at annual meeting

COOKEVILLE – The Cookeville-Putnam County Chamber held their 2022 Annual Meeting on Feb. 8 with Marc Burnett as the featured speaker. Burnett spoke on “Reframing Our Future,” and stressed that anything is possible as long as we keep working at it.

Marc Burnett was the featured speaker.

Outgoing Chairman of the Board Wayne Cravens was presented a plaque in appreciation of his service as chairman. Cravens passed the torch to Mike Porten, who will serve as Chairman of the Board for 2022.

Mike Porten (left) takes over as 2022 Chairman of the Board as Wayne Cravens (right) officially passes the gavel.

This year, the Chamber presented awards to local businesses and others for the first time as a part of the annual celebration. 2021 awards were issued to:

The Event of the Year was Red, White & Boom. Pictured l. to r. are Ricky Shelton, Red, White & Boom founder; Wayne Cravens, 2021 Chamber Chairman; and Amy New, Chamber President.
The Small Business of the Year was Seven Senses. Pictured l. to r. are Jay Albrecht, Seven Senses owner; Amy New, Chamber President; and Wayne Cravens, 2021 Chamber Chairman.
The Large Business of the Year was Cookeville Regional Medical Center. Pictured l. to r. are Ricky Shelton, CRMC Chief Strategy Officer; Amy New, Chamber President; and Wayne Cravens, 2021 Chamber Chairman.
The Community Impact Award was given to the Tornado Recovery Group. Pictured l. to r. are Wayne Cravens, 2021 Chamber Chairman; Ricky Shelton, Cookeville Mayor; Randy Porter, Putnam County Mayor; Brandon Smith, Putnam County 911 Assistant Director; Chief Tom Brown, Putnam County Fire Department; Tyler Smith, Putnam County EMA Director; Randy Adams, Putnam County Volunteer Organization Deputy Director; Corby King, Putnam County Schools Director; Jon Ward, Cookeville Planning Director; Major Scott Winfree, Cookeville Police Department; and Amy New, Chamber President.

Michelle Price is the managing editor of the Upper Cumberland Business Journal and can be reached via email. Send an email.

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