Congratulations to the Winners of the 2017 Businesses of the Year:
Left to right: Jason Torchia, Kelly Good Singleton and Mike Thorne with Bowman Andros Products accept the Large Business of the Year Award; Linda Kurtz and Sara Darnell with Dutch Haven accept the Small Business of the Year; Ingrid Thompson, Bill Moyers, Cena Hubbell and Cindy Hunter with ShenPaco accept the Nonprofit of the Year; and Mike Ashley, pictured with his wife Heather and award presenter Rich Church, accepts the Citizen of the Year Award.
Bowman Andros Products continues with double digit growth in its products that it sells throughout the United States. The commitment of its employees is a large part of that success and Bowman Andros Products looks forward to continuing the growth here in the Shenandoah Valley. The company has added more than 125 new associates in 2017. In July 2017, Blue Ridge Area Food Bank named Bowman Andros Products a HUNGER HERO for donating 434,950 pounds of food. The Bowman Andros Products team participated in the Shenandoah County Relay For Life and was the top fundraising business team and second overall fundraising team raising over $12,000 for the American Cancer Society. Bowman donated products to local area programs such as Luke’s Backpack, Charterhouse School, Lions club, Pregnancy Center, Police Department National night out, area schools and churches last year. Their Buddy Fruits brand was very active in the FEMA relief efforts from the two hurricanes that hit Florida and Puerto Rico, shipping more than 3.2 million pouches to FEMA.
Dutch Haven has been in the Shenandoah Valley for 25+ years! This country Chic community of 48 beds provides great care to those in need of regular assisted living or memory care! Dutch Haven is very involved in the community by offering free educational events for seniors through an event called Senior Choices. Senior Choices started 4 years ago and has raised over $6,500 for the Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging. SAAA shared that the funds raised through this event are vital in providing senior’s meals at the Senior Center and through Meals on Wheels. The 2017 donation came at such a good time as their funding had been cut here in the County. Another nominator shared that Dutch Haven is a hidden gem providing quality care to our community. The staff is passionate and truly cares about the residents and treats them like family. Dutch Haven is active in community outreach as their goal is to arm families with information that helps with the aging process. They have hosted and sponsored several events for veterans. Their events are free to attendees. Dutch Haven Assisted Living takes pride in offering the highest-level care for residents throughout the Shenandoah Valley at an affordable price.
Shen-Paco Industries, Inc. is a community based organization providing day support and employment services to adults with disabilities. Shen- Paco started out small, serving less than 10 individuals in a small building located in New Market. Today they serve over 120 individuals between two locations, Shenandoah and Page Counties, and employ 49 passionate employees. Shen-Paco continues to meet the needs of many individuals within each community and the surrounding counties. They provide a number of licensed services which consist of: Group Day Support, Intensive Group Day Support, Organizational Employment, Janitorial, Supported Employment, and Community Engagement- Which focuses on building skills and building relationships with community members. Shen-Paco also provides Residential Services with two homes in Shenandoah County and one home in Page. Shen-Paco works closely with the local schools helping students transition out of the school setting either into the community or into the day support setting. Shen-Paco is a very active community based organization, providing many opportunities to those with disabilities. Shen-Paco sees the Ability in disability!
I’ve had the privilege of working with this individual for the past 10 years and in that time he has actively volunteered on numerous committees and Boards such as the Shenandoah County Public School Business Advisory Committee, Shenandoah County Water Resource Board, Town of Woodstock Zoning and Appeals Board, Autumnfest and the Route 11 Yard Crawl. He has served as President for the Mt. Jackson Chamber and founding board member and President of the Shenandoah County Chamber; he’s volunteered at the Shenandoah County Fair and chaired the 100th Anniversary Fair Parade and Woodstock Christmas parades for many years. He is a coordinator and preparer of the VITA tax program for People, Inc, spending many hours helping those in need prepare their taxes at no cost. He is currently volunteering with the school system as an instructor for Junior Achievement. These are just a few comments we received from his nominators: “We have been friends for over 15 years and recently my husband has become very sick with brain tumors and Mike comes running whenever we need him to help with our car washes or personal help. He has run our 4 businesses, come when there are emergencies, disasters and thefts. He has never asked what’s in it for him. I have watched his leadership as he progressed through organizations we are involved in together. He has been very instrumental in bringing new ideas and energy to any organization.” “I’d like to nominate Mike because he is always helping somebody. Whether it be a neighbor, organization, or a group. He is always involved. He checks on me morning, noon and night as I’m homebound and he always explains to me what happened during the day. He has always been very community oriented and he never expects any recognition.” “I have known Mike since we started volunteering at age 13 at the fire department. He volunteers and works with multiple organizations here, for the State and nationally. He voluntarily gives business expertise free of charge to those in need through his car wash business and investigative business. He recently volunteered his investigative skills to a nonprofit and a family that were going through some problems. He is always that person who tries to help in any way he can. He does many things without having anyone know and he says he does it because it is just the right thing to do.” The Chamber is pleased to recognize and honor Mike Ashley as Citizen of the Year.
Large Business of the Year Nominations:
Bowman Andros Products
Carmeuse Lime & Stone
Small Business of the Year Nominations:
Dutch Haven Assisted Living
On Second Thought Consign & Thrift
Nonprofit of the Year Nominations:
Family Promise of Shenandoah County
Shenandoah Community Foundation
Shenandoah County Thrift Store
Shen-Paco Industries, Inc.
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