PHOTO: Members of the Spring Hill Chamber of Commerce gather center stage at the UAW Hall on Thursday during the December luncheon. / Photo by Alexander Willis
By ALEXANDER WILLIS
The Spring Hill Chamber of Commerce celebrated its significant growth during the past year during the “State of the Chamber” luncheon on Thursday, which saw its membership climb to nearly 360 businesses.
Additionally, David St. Charles of State Farm Insurance was named the new chairman of the board during the event, which happened to coincide with the chamber’s 15th anniversary.
“The chamber that I get to lead into 2019 is financially strong and strategically focused, and has the ability to take all of us, as business leaders and entrepreneurs, to greater heights,” Charles said. “My question to you is,” Charles asked the chamber members, “will you take full advantage of what the chamber has to offer you?”
During the event, executive director Rebecca Melton went over the substantial growth the chamber has seen over the past 12 months, which included 97 new businesses, 39 ribbon cuttings, and 103 businesses participating in September’s “Experience Spring Hill” event.
For comparison, the Maury County of Chamber of Commerce – which oversees all of Maury County – also saw 39 ribbon cuttings, while the Williamson County Chamber of Commerce saw 45.
“We accomplished so much in 12 months,” Melton said. “I honestly can say that I have the best job, [and] the reason I say I have the best job, is because I have been a witness to so many successes this past year. It is infectious when you go and you see these entrepreneurs pour their heart and soul into an establishment, into a business, and they’re surrounded by their family, their friends, their business mentors… it’s really something.”
At the event, the chamber also handed out its annual awards. Ray Farler of Shelter Insurance was named New Chamber Member of the Year, Stephanie Roselli of the Advertiser News was named Chamber Member of the Year, and Kayce Williams was honored for her service as chairman in 2018.
“I’m proud to say that around here, we move mountains for our city,” Williams said. “Our business community is truly like no other. You are the heart and soul of this city, and you should be proud of that,” Williams said to the chamber members, “you are what makes Spring Hill better, every single day.”
The next public meeting of the Spring Hill Chamber of Commerce will be during the “State of the City” luncheon on January 24 at the UAW Hall, where Mayor Rick Graham and city administrator Victor Lay will discuss the state of Spring Hill. Tickets are $25 for non members, and $20 for members, and may be purchased online by clicking here.