Marietta Area Chamber of Commerce 105th annual meeting

“If you do a good job right now, today, then tomorrow will take care of itself. That’s all you can do.” Coach Ryan Day, The Ohio State Buckeyes.

Coach Ryan Day shared insights on how to find principals of leadership and build a winning team. He captured the attention of over 1,025 area businesspeople and the general public in attendance at the Dyson-Baudo Recreation Center, Marietta College, with his real-life leadership and coaching experiences.

During the 105th Annual Meeting dinner of the Chamber of Commerce on March 9 Chairman of the Board Kristopher Justice, TheisenBrock, welcomed three new directors: Pamela Holschuh, Copper Leaf Interiors, William Wilkinson, Mid-Ohio Valley Employment and Nancy Horner, Solvay Specialty Polymers. He also acknowledged outgoing directors: David Bricker, Hampton Inn, Joan Zoller Trademark Solutions and Michael Beardmore, MB Distributing.

Justice continued by announcing the rest of the board of directors: Terry Rataiczak, Past Board Chair (Kinetic Networking) Tina Adams, Treasurer (Settlers Bank), Gary O’Brien, Chair for the Advocacy/Education Committee (O’Brien’s Safety Services) and Kathy Schalitz, Chair for Member Services, (Pioneer Pipe). The remaining directors are: Daneka Hedges, Memorial Health Foundation, Deborah Rhoades, Peoples Bank, Dr. William Ruud, Marietta College, David Schramm, Workingman’s Store, Bill Stacy, Stacy Family Farm, Josh Wagner, Walmart Supercenter #2078, Dr. Vicky Wood, Washington State Community College.

“2019 and the start of 2020 has definitely been a year for growth and change for MACC, I am so excited to continue the year moving the organization forward. Tonight was an incredible night and the award winners are very well deserving.,” commented Carrie Ankrom, MACC President/CEO “I also want to say thank you to our member businesses for their support as the Chamber continues to promote our Mid-Ohio Valley and work to strengthen our business community. This evening we gathered with record breaking numbers at 1,037 business representatives of the Mid-Ohio Valley and honored the deserving people in our community who made a difference in 2019.”

MACC Board Chairman, Kristopher Justice (TheisenBrock) stated, “The 105th Marietta Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner was a tremendous success. With over 1,000 attendees, we had a record crowd and a record number of sponsors. Coach Day’s speech was inspiring and powerful. It was a wonderful evening that was enjoyed by all.

Congratulations to each of the award winners. They each represent the best of our community, and will continue to serve as role models for younger generations.

This evening would not be possible without the hard work of our staff and volunteers. Thank you for all of your help in making this evening such a success.”

Award recipients

George Broughton was honored as the 2020 Gabe Zide Citizen of the Year. Wally Kandel, the 2019 recipient of the award, described Broughton as a contributor to the overall good of the Marietta area, without monetary gain and a truly dedicated volunteer to the Marietta area.

Kandel characterized Broughton as proud hometown boy; he is a Marietta Cheerleader. he has always been humble, gracious, energetic and a problem solver with many ideas.

Broughton is a Marietta Noon Rotarian but has been known to help the Kiwanis Club too. He has led many United Way Drives. He was instrumental in the development of the Broughton Ice Cream Social, supports the Greater Marietta Community Food Pantry, and along with other family members, oversees the Broughton Foundation. When the Marietta City School levy failed last fall, Broughton went looking for how he could help and joined a group to help define the next steps as he knows how important this is for Marietta’s future.

For people traveling South on I-77, Broughton greets them with a clear display showing, “Marietta is Open for Business”. The Broughton Business Park, also affectionately known as “George Town,” not only provides 20 plus buildings for businesses, but it also provides free advertising space for Marietta College and Shale Crescent USA.

Most recently, Broughton had the vison and fortitude to provide the community with a much-needed Community Building. The new community building honors his loving mother, as it bears her name: the “Elizabeth Sugden Broughton Community Building”. George has always been giving back to the community he loves. Including the Nature and Wildlife Education Area, the multi-use trail, the cross-county course for Marietta High School, and the countless volunteer hours spent on boards and other community activities.

This year marks the 35th year the Marietta Chamber of Commerce has honored a Business Leader of the Year for success in business, mentoring others, promoting local business, giving back to the community and acting as an advocate for business. Laurie Strahler, the 2019 Business Leader of the Year, presented Jerry Brock, TheisenBrock, the 2020 Marietta Area Chamber of Commerce Business Leader of the Year.

Before presenting the award, Strahler expressed her gratitude for receiving the award last year and how important it was to follow in her mother’s footsteps, Betty L. Hadler, who was named the very first Business Leader of the Year in 1986.

Brock was born and raised in Ohio and moved to Marietta in the 60’s, after getting married and graduating college. He is a past president of the Lions Club, the Marietta Area Chamber of Commerce and the United Way. Brock also served on the board of Marietta College for 20 years. Brock was recognized as an Ohio State Bar Association certified specialist in several areas. He is well known for work in estate planning, business succession planning, probate one and has provided legal guidance for many of the most successful businesses in the valley.

Brock has steadily given back to the Marietta community. He is currently is serving as a member of the Hippodrome/Colony Historical Theatre Association, a member of the board of the Greater Marietta Food Pantry and is an active member and leader of the Presbyterian Church. Very few people have been given the Gabe Zide Citizen of the Year Award and Business Leader of the Year, but Brock has now received both.

In his personal time, Brock is a welder, and a woodworker. He takes trees from his property and builds each of his kids a piece of furniture.

For 56 years, Brock has raised a family, served his community and church, and guided TheisenBrock. One of Brock’s greatest passions was serving as the head coach of the Marietta High School men’s varsity soccer team for 14 years. In recognition of his successful coaching career, the soccer field is now named after him. Brock also feeds the homeless and hungry with the new fund he set up, “The Jerry and Jennylou Brock Fund.”

The Washington County Council of Cooperatives congratulates Bohlen’s Dairy Farm – Ronnie and Barbara Bohlen and Kurt and Amanda Bohlen – the winners of the 2020 Agricultural Award.

The Washington County Council of Cooperatives Agricultural Award celebrates successful long-term farmers or agribusiness people in Washington County who have demonstrated outstanding leadership, commitment, and willingness to support and improve agriculture within our community.

This year’s honorees are Washington County natives. Their original dairy farm was purchased in 1917 and has continued for four generations, growing through the years to reach its current size of 500 owned, and 40 leased, acres. The farm’s primary crops are corn and hay, and over 100 acres are dedicated to pasture for the cattle.

Farming is in the Bohlen family’s blood, but it is not for the faint of heart. For this family, a typical day involved rising early to start milking cows at 6 a.m. to the last task of the night, checking on cows that were close to calving. Even that was no guarantee of uninterrupted rest, as it sometimes required setting an alarm for one or two in the morning to ensure safe deliveries.

The dairy industry has faced difficult challenges in the past four years. Farming is somewhat of a cyclical business, with prices rising and falling based on a variety of variables. In the past, when milk prices dropped to or below production costs, it was always just a matter of time before they rose back to a profitable level. But this time was different. Milk prices remained at record lows for too long, and problem was compounded by rising costs of milk pickup.

For many dairy farmers, the only solutions for survival were for family members to seek off-farm employment … or to sell the dairy cattle. By spring of last year, they were forced to turn their operation from dairy to beef.

Even though things are different now, the Bohlen family has maintained their resolve and ingenuity, and have many warm memories of their lives as dairy farmers. When it comes to community involvement, the Bohlen farm family is unsurpassed. They’ve participated in the Career Center’s Agribusiness Planning and Analysis program for 40 years. They’ve held leadership positions in the District 3 and Washington County Holstein clubs. They’re very active in their respective churches and have also served on the boards of several local organizations including Washington County Farm Bureau, Green Valley Co-op, Frontier Local Schools, and the Washington County Fair. And that’s just naming a few.

The Washington County Council of Cooperatives comprises Washington Electric Cooperative, Farmer’s Mutual Insurance Association, Farm Credit Mid-America, Heritage, and the Washington County Farm Bureau. Since 1971, the council has presented the agricultural award to long-term farmers or agribusiness people in Washington County who have shown outstanding leadership and commitment to operating their businesses, shown a superb willingness to help improve the agriculture of the community, and have been successful in their careers.

Zonta member, Desni Crock, presented the 45th Elizabeth “Betty” L. Hadler Zonta Woman of the Year to Melissa Arnold. Zonta Club of Mid-Ohio Valley chooses a woman each year whose volunteer service impacts the community. Often this woman is one who frontlines a major project and is recognized throughout the community as having started major, local non-profits or events. The award this year was given to Arnold for her everyday volunteering as part of her regular routine. Arnold endlessly and tirelessly organizes so many acts of kindness, too numerous for any one to list and often acts anonymously.

Both Phillips Elementary School and Marietta Middle School benefit from Arnold’s dedication. She is an active member of the PTOs, volunteers in the classrooms, and recently worked on the committee to try and pass the Levy for our Marietta City Schools. When Arnold learns of a child in need at the schools, she finds a way to help and always comes through. Arnold showed this same work ethic at Oak Grove Christian School where she helped establish the school in 2014, volunteered in the classroom, was the library facilitator, and assisted with all school programs.

Some of the other organizations Arnold volunteers for include the Humane Society in Marietta, secretary for the Sluggers in Marietta, and she plans annual fundraisers to aid in cost so the kids’ families don’t have to foot such a large bill for sports. Arnold organizes gift boxes for the Mid-Ohio Valley military oversees, provides support for spouses of deployed soldiers, and babysits for special needs children.

In addition, Arnold collects donations and delivers them to organizations like Brandy’s Legacy, a home for new mothers and their babies who are homeless, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree and she collected gifts and goodies for local children going through cancer treatment. Arnold has also been an active member and a committee leader for MOPS and Mother of Preschoolers.

In 2018, having learned of a house fire for a family of six, Arnold jumped on the task of helping this family return to as normal a life as possible. She assisted in raising funds, linens, furniture, cleaning supplies, kitchenware and everything else this family needed. Arnold found a temporary home for them, cleaned and sorted the donated supplies, and made it ready for them to move into it while their home was being re-built.

Arnold stands as a role model for her own children, as well as the others that know her.

The Betty L. Hadler, Zonta Woman of the Year is presented to a woman in Washington County who exemplifies service to her community. Past award winners have been business professionals, home makers, and retirees all with a dauntless desire to improve and build-up our community.

The Marietta College Acapella Group, FloodStage, sang the National Anthem. MACC Ambassador and member Pastor Chad Mugrage, First Baptist Church, delivered the invocation and benediction.

The Marietta High School Choir Department students served the meal prepared by Parkhurst Dining.

This event is made possible through the generous support of Chamber member businesses.

The 2020 sponsors:

Platinum Sponsors – Donatos, Hall Financial Advisors, Jeremiah’s Coffee House and Cafe, Marietta College, Peoples Bank, and Watertown Enterprises – Buckeye Construction & Restoration, EZG Manufacturing, Lang Masonry, & Wolf Creek Contracting.

Gold Sponsors – AT&T, Byrider, Kinetic Networking, Morrison, Inc., Solvay Specialty Polymers, WVU Medicine, WMOA/WJAW, The Marietta Times.

Silver Sponsors – American Producers Supply Co., Astorg Motor Company, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, Artex Oil Company, Bricker and Eckler, Century 21 – Full Service Realty, DeepRock Disposal and Reno Oil and Gas, Eramet, Glenwood Community, Harrison Construction, Huntington Bank, Hyde Brothers Printing and Marketing, MarPak, Memorial Health System, O’Brien’s Safety Services, Peoples Bank Theatre, Pickering Associates, Prime Lending, Riverview Credit Union, Schwendeman Agency, Settlers Bank, TheisenBrock, Wal-Mart Supercenter #2078, and Washington Electric Cooperative.

Bronze Sponsors – Advantage Real Estate, Careworks, CRJ Vending, Dapper Dachshund Photography, Greenleaf Landscapes, Hampton Inn, Haessly Hardwood Lumber Company, Marietta Occupational Health Partners, Marietta Wine Cellars, Passiflora Florist, Pawnee Maintenance, Rea and Associates, Signality, Swiss Valley Associates, The Citizens Bank Company, Washington County Career Center, Washington State Community College, West Virginia Central Federal Credit Union, and Workingman’s Store.

New Member Sponsors – Ascent Private Practice, CSL Plasma, Discount Signs and Awnings, Mid-Ohio Valley Employment, Mountain Ears Hearing Clinic, Newton Insurance Agency, Rockstar Wellness, Schilling for Commissioner, The Law Office of Ryan Smith, and Unifirst Corporation.


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