Chamber Calls For Headrick, Varnell Award Nominations

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Nominations are being take by the Chamber of Commerce for the M.C Headrick Free Enterprise Award and the Varnell Leadership Award.

“A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way, as attributed to John C. Maxwell, leadership expert, speaker, and author. Cleveland/Bradley County abounds with leaders who have a vision for this community, who are certain about what they want to happen," officials said.  "Among those who clearly articulated his vision in the marketplace was M.C. Headrick, for whom the Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce named its highest honor given."

“Each year the Chamber recognizes individuals who have a vision and who best demonstrate the principles of the late M.C. Headrick,” said Chairman of the Board Kevin Moore, Waypoint Financial Partners. “M.C. Headrick was a successful businessman who believed in the concept of free enterprise. Each fall we invite members of the community to nominate a person they feel best represents the ideals of the free enterprise system.”

John Hawk, Lubing Systems, was the 2018 recipient of the M.C. Headrick Free Enterprise Award.

Nomination forms and a complete list of award criteria are available at the Chamber office or by calling 423-472-6587. In addition to the form, nominations must include a resume of the candidate and a cover letter detailing reasons the nominee is eligible for the award.  

"Additionally, the Chamber of Commerce recognizes those leaders whose quality is '. . . reflected in the standards they set for themselves' (Ray Kroc, businessman).  One such individual was the late Robert W. Varnell, for whom the Chamber’s named their prestigious Leadership Award," officials said.

“One of the highlights of the Chamber’s Annual Meeting is recognizing an individual who best demonstrates the principles of the late Robert Varnell,” said Mr. Moore. “Robert Varnell is best remembered for his outstanding community leadership, and this award is presented to a person whose life represents the passion in business, church and community reflected in Robert Varnell’s life.”

Arthur (Art) Rhodes, Church of God Benefits Board and the Church Loan Fund, received the 2018 Varnell Leadership Award.

Nomination forms and a complete list of award criteria are available on the Chamber’s website or by calling the Chamber office at 423-472-6587. 

Deadline for nominations is Dec. 10.  The Chamber will present both awards at the 93rd Annual Meeting on Jan. 29, 2018. 


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