Chamber45005 2022 Awards

July 5, 2022
Chamber45005 announces 2022 award winners, scholarship winner, new board members
Continuing a tradition begun in 1957, Chamber45005 (formerly known as the Franklin Area Chamber of Commerce) recently announced its annual award winners, who were honored at the Chamber's annual meeting and election of officers on June 22. 
Village Station was named Business of the Year and Franklin City Schools and Carlisle Local Schools were named as co-winners of Industry of the Year. (The two districts were co-winners of the President's Award in 2021.) The Perry Maxwell Award has been renamed as the Eva Polley Award, and is given for fostering community goodwill; Kim Bilbrey received this award. The Thirkield Award for commercial property renovation was given to Rod Litteral of First Realty Group. The President's Award for service to the chamber or the community was given to Tom Isaacs/the Warren County Educational Service Center. The Eldridge Award for historic preservation was given to Lucas George and Justin Rossi. A brand new award, the Ron Diver Friend of Education award, was given to Dayton-based Shoes 4 the Shoeless. 
The chamber's most prestigious award is Citizen of the Year; this award is not announced until the ceremony. "This year's Citizen of the Year is Charles Anderson," said Peggy Darragh-Jeromos, executive director of Chamber45005. "He has given his time, treasure, and talents to the community for decades and is incredibly deserving of this award." 
Taylor Collins, who is the chamber's youngest member and a 2022 graduate of Carlisle High School, received the Chamber's Young Entrepreneur scholarship. The chamber established this scholarship in 2015; graduating seniors whose home district is Franklin or Carlisle are eligible.
The chamber also elected a vice president/president-elect: Jen Crosby, Berkshire Hathaway Professional Realty HomeServices; she will assume the presidency on July 1, 2023. Franklin City Schools' superintendent Dr. Mike Sander continues as president for one more year. "We elected three board members to three-year terms beginning July 1, 2022,"  said Darragh-Jeromos. Newly elected members are Jen Crosby, Chip Denlinger from DCS Technologies, and Dr. Sarah Nathan from Middletown Community Foundation. The remainder of the Chamber's board includes Lori Etmans, Premier Health; Tom Wiggershaus, WesBanco; Kristyn Yascavage, Atlas Roofing; Josh Meyers, Edward Jones; Kim Gates, Warren County Career Center; Traci Stivers, Franklin Township; Dr. David Vail; Carlisle Local Schools; Julie Duffy, City of Carlisle; and Jonathan Westendorf; City of Franklin. 
Chamber45005 was founded in 1947; its 204 members are primarily from the 45005 zip code, but include members from Springboro, Lebanon, Dayton, Cincinnati, Middletown, Germantown, and other communities. The chamber's goals are to assist members in making connections, getting noticed, and saving money so they can grow and thrive.  For more information, call (937) 746-8457.