• Chamber Hosted 2017 Annual Meeting, Honoring Public Servants and Chamber Volunteers

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    February 07, 2017

    Chamber HOSTED 2017 ANNUAL MEETING,
    HONORING PUBLIC SERVANTS AND CHAMBER VOLUNTEERS
     
    Chapel Hill, NC – On Feb. 2, 2017, the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce hosted its Annual Meeting presented by Europa Center and SunTrust Bank.  The Chamber honored four individuals with awards in addition to hosting UNC President Margaret Spellings as keynote speaker. 
     
    District Manager Indira Everett presented the Duke Energy Citizenship & Service Award to Chapel Hill Police Chief Chris Blue.  The Duke Energy Citizenship and Service Award is a tribute to individuals or groups who make a difference in their communities and organizations by using their time, talents and compassion to positively impact the lives of others. Recipients of the award help foster a culture of citizenship and service that acts as a catalyst for others to become involved in their community.  The honoree should exhibit the following business values – integrity, stewardship, inclusion, initiative, teamwork and accountability.
     
    2016 Chamber Board Chair Anthony Pugliese presented three awards during his remarks. 
     
    The 2016 Chair’s Award for Public Private Partnership was awarded to Joe Milazzo, executive director at the Regional Transportation Alliance. 
     
    The 2016 Chair’s Award for Service to the Chamber was given to Helen Antipov of The Stratford Assisted Living and Memory Care. 
     
    The 2016 Ambassador of the Year was awarded to Nancy Williams of Carolina Capitol Solutions. 
     
     
    Full citations for all award winners are listed below.  For photos of the 2017 Annual Meeting, visit the Chamber’s Flickr account at flickr.com/photos/carolinachamber and please credit Carter Hubbard. 
     
    The Chapel Hill-Carrboro (NC) Chamber of Commerce is a business leadership organization serving the greater Chapel Hill, NC community.  The Chamber serves and supports the business interests of its more than 1,250 members and helps create a sustainable community where they can thrive.                              
     
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    The 2016 Chair’s Award for Public Private Partnership:
    Joe Milazzo, executive director at the Regional Transportation Alliance
     
    Now 14 years as the Executive Director of their organization, this individual convenes elected officials, senior government staff, technical experts, and the business leaders to solve problems.  He is delightfully impatient and jokes that the mission of his organization is not “Let’s get ready to” nor “Let’s think about doing something,” nor “Why don’t we study this, but not do it.”  Instead, the impactful motto of his organization is “Let’s Get Moving.”  Please join me in recognizing the CEO of one of this region’s most relevant and effective business leadership organization, The Regional Transportation Alliance’s Joe Milazzo, the recipient of the 2017 Chair’s Award for Public Private Partnership.  When you are on the road – whether in your car, on the bus, on the sidewalk, or even the shoulder – you should think of and thank Joe Milazzo.  RTA is a chamber of commerce-based regional business leadership and advocacy group focused on advancing transportation policy, priority and funding solutions in our entire region.  Under Joe’s leadership, RTA has successfully advocated for the construction, enhancement, and advancement of more than 250 miles of freeway and improvements at 7 existing or proposed interchanges. He also spearheaded the Multimodal 54 initiative, which ensures that Chapel Hill and Carrboro are not cut off from the rest of the Triangle region. Joe launched the Air Service Advancement Project (ASAP) private sector marketing initiative as well, culminating in a Paris flight in 2016, making RDU the only non-hub US airport with two nonstop transatlantic flights. Additionally, Joe coordinated the creation of our state’s first “Bus on Shoulder System” or “BOSS” to reduce transit travel times between Durham, Chapel Hill, and Raleigh, now including 60 shoulder miles as one of the largest BOSS systems in the United States.  Congratulations, Joe – what a BOSS you are!  We’re grateful for your leadership in the region and in our Chamber.
     
    2016 Ambassador of the Year:
    Nancy Williams of Carolina Capitol Solutions
     
    Chamber Ambassadors are highly visible, prestigious volunteers who serve as the Chamber’s primary liaison to new Chamber members. We consider them the goodwill arm of the Chamber and they are critical to new member engagement and retention. The 2016 Ambassador of the Year is committed to building lasting relationships with new Chamber members to ensure they are engaged and to encourage them to stay involved.  This year’s winner is a constant and tireless volunteer at Chamber events, most known for successfully engaging new members, learning what they need to thrive, and helping make sure they get the most out of their Chamber.  Please join me in recognizing Ambassador Nancy Williams of Carolina Capital Solutions company and the Carolina Chamber Retirement Program as the 2016 Ambassador of the Year. 
     
    2016 Chair’s Award for Service to the Chamber:
    Helen Antipov of The Stratford Assisted Living and Memory Care
     
    From being a business owner to leading a sales team, this individual’s energetic personality and constant enthusiastic buzz has us sprinting to keep up.  This individual has been a board member for the last five years and in that time has chaired our membership committee, served as and chaired the Ambassadors, services as a member of the Executive Committee and most recently chaired the Horizons taskforce that will help shape our Chamber’s future. Whether she’s out running a marathon or at work serving our aging community at the Stratford, this year’s winner, Helen Antipov, is determined and focused with seemingly limitless energy.  Thank you and congratulations Helen Antipov.
     

     
    Duke Energy Citizenship & Service Award: 
    Chapel Hill Police Chief Chris Blue
    Citation read by District Manager Indira Everett
     
    Duke Energy is proud to partner again with the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce to recognize service and leadership in our communities through the Duke Energy Citizenship and Service Award.  In our 113th year of service, Duke Energy understands that the true work of our communities is accomplished by people like those gathered here today – people who make a positive difference in the lives of others through service. The Duke Energy Citizenship and Service Award is a tribute to individuals or groups who make a difference in their communities and organizations by using their time, talents and compassion to positively impact the lives of others. Recipients of the award help foster a culture of citizenship and service that acts as a catalyst for others to become involved.  The honoree must exhibit the following business values – integrity, stewardship, inclusion, initiative, teamwork and accountability.  This year’s award winner is a native of Chapel Hill, a graduate of Chapel Hill High School, as well as a graduate of UNC Chapel Hill with a master’s degree in Public Administration from North Carolina State University.  An employee of the Town of Chapel Hill since 1997 and serving in his current position since 2010, this year’s winner has distinguished himself as a progressive leader, a forward thinker, talented manager, trusted partner, honest broker, skilled communicator, proud father, and thoughtful husband.  Though he enthusiastically works a job with substantial demands on his daytime and evening hours, he is accessible and approachable and always has time to reply promptly to a call, or text or to keep up with his Facebook posting and chats.  This leader is the number one person many of us would want by our sides in community emergency or personal crisis.  A winner of the Leadership Triangle Goodman award for his work on the FaithID program helping 1,400 law-abiding immigrants in Orange and Durham Counties gain access to photo IDs, this year’s winner also helped lead the creation of a plan addressing community concerns about racial bias in policing and was a collaborator in the White House Conference Series on President Obama’s 21st Century Policing.  I am pleased to announce, for his years of public service and commitment to the people of Chapel Hill, it is my honor to present the 2017 Duke Energy Citizenship & Service Award to Chapel Hill Police Chief Chris Blue.

     
     
     
    Contact:
    Kristen Smith, VP, Community and Government Relations
    ksmith@carolinachamber.org, (919) 357-9988