Chamber honors local citizens, businesses

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Citizen of the Year award presented to the family of the late Bobby Brockman

By Zac Oakes



Former Central Kentucky News-Journal Sports Editor Bobby Brockman was selected as the 2018 Everette Lee Citizen of the Year by the Campbellsville-Taylor County Chamber of Commerce at the Chamber’s 69th annual banquet Thursday night. 

Brockman, who unexpectedly passed away in January at the age of 61, served as Sports Editor for more than three decades, was known as a sports historian for Campbellsville University and provided sports news on local radio stations. 

“The recipient’s enthusiasm for the game was evident through his personality and work ethic,” Sarge Pollock, the presenter of the award and a personal friend of Brockman’s said. “If work and raising a family weren’t enough, this recipient also made time to coach local softball leagues and enjoy some camaraderie during lunch at Jeff’s Food Mart.

“The loss of this year’s recipient unexpectedly last January was tragic. However, their legacy and impact will continue to be felt for years to come.” 

Brockman was represented at the banquet by his wife, Sonja, and three children: Rachel, Melanie and Savanna. 

H&W Sports was named the 2018 Business of the Year. H&W Sports was established in 1969 and is owned and operated by Shaun Hord. 

“This year’s recipient has made a significant impact on our community by providing high quality products and service and by creating a space where people can conduct business and which adds to the aesthetic and charm of our fair city,” award presenter Luke Lawless said. “This year’s recipient represents entrepreneurship, tradition, growth and is one of many family business success stories with a legacy that we hope will last for years to come.  This business has added to the revitalization and ever-changing face of our growing community, and we are happy to have them here for what we hope will be many years to come.”

Dr. Milton Rogers of Campbellsville University was named the 2018 Educator of the Year. 

Rogers, who retired this year as a biology professor at CU, served as a faculty member at CU since 1973, retiring after 45 years. Rogers served as chair of the faculty, as biology lead professor, as CU co-sponsor of Sigma Zeta, and held many other roles and published numerous articles.

He is married to Diane Norfleet Nichols Rogers and they have three children: David Bryan Rogers, Sally Murray Culley and Thomas Lee Rogers.  

Dr. John E. Chowning was selected as the 2018 Outstanding Chamber Investor of the Year. Chowning currently serves as Executive Assistant to the President for Government, Community and Constituent Relations. 

“Tonight’s honoree has displayed a sense of commitment to our community through their dedication to assisting others, and the willingness to donate time, money and effort to community activities,” award presenter Chad Shively said. “Our honoree has modeled strong leadership and humility, making it nearly impossible to measure the impact they have had on this community.” 

Chowning has been married to his wife, Cathy, for 42 years. They have four children: Kacey Milby, Kaleb Chowning, Emily Chowning England and Laura Chowning. They also have four grandchildren: Jacob and Jacey Milby and Haley and Kenzi England. 

Dr. Pat Cowherd will replace Jeremy Wood as the Chamber President. New Chamber Board of Directors will be Laura Benningfield, Emily Snyder, John B. Jessie and Larry Smith. Outgoing Chamber Board of Directors include Charles Higdon, Jr., LaTasha Bell, Les Chadwick and Rob Collins. 


Other Chamber banquet notes:

• Niki Marineau was introduced as the Executive Director of the Chamber. Marineau previously served as the Interim Director, but was recently promoted to the position of Executive Director. 

• The Chamber currently has approximately 330 members, gaining 44 new investors within the past year. Cowherd said the Chamber aims to add 25 new investors this year. 

• The banquet was catered by Carol Sullivan and Sweet Hospitality.