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Chamber Inducts Six Individuals and Families Into the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Business Hall of Fame

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August 05, 2016

CHAMBER INDUCTS SIX INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES
INTO THE CHAPEL HILL-CARRBORO BUSINESS HALL OF FAME
 
Chapel Hill, NC – On the evening of Aug. 4, 2016, the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce honored six individuals and families at its annual Chapel Hill-Carrboro Business Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Celebration at The Carolina Inn.
 
“I am so honored to be here tonight, celebrating the accomplishments of the men and women who’ve given so much to develop our thriving business community in the greater Chapel Hill-Carrboro region,” said Aaron Nelson, President & CEO of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce.
 
The Chamber inducted the following individuals and families into the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Business Hall of Fame:
Dickie & Bev Dickinson, Dickinson’s Garden Center
M. Joseph Hakan, Engineer
Victor Huggins, Huggins' Hardware
Roger & Dorothy Jennings, Jennings & Company
Moreton Neal & Bill Neal, Restaurateurs
Brother Peacemaker, Gates of Beauty Body Shop
 
Joe Hakan, Vic Huggins, and Bill Neal were inducted into the Business Hall of Fame posthumously.  Citation readers included Bob Woodruff of The Cedars; Matt Fajack, UNC Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration; UNC Visitors Center Director Missy Julian-Fox; 2013 Hall of Fame inductee Jim Heavner; restaurateur Vimala Rajendran; and Hall of Fame Selection Committee Member Fred Black.  The Ringtones entertained guests with musical selections, both before and during the ceremony. 
 
Abridged citations of these individuals were written by Margot Lester of The Word Factory and are included below.  Full citations, also written by Margot Lester are included in the program that will be posted at the Chamber’s Issuu account at issuu.com/carolinachamber. For photos of the 2016 Chapel Hill-Carrboro Business Hall of Fame, visit the Chamber’s Flickr account at flickr.com/photos/carolinachamber. Please give photo credit to Kevin Seifert. 
 
The Chapel Hill-Carrboro Business Hall of Fame is sponsored by the Europa Center, East West Partners, The Cedars, Jennings, and The Word Factory.
 
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 1,100 members and helps create a sustainable community where they can thrive.  Chamber members employ more than 80,000 in the Research Triangle region. 
 
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Dickie & Bev Dickinson, Dickinson’s Garden Center
Beverly Ann & George H. “Dickie” Dickinson were instrumental in making our community beautiful, helping countless customers plan, plant and care for gardens and natural spaces. They ran a three-generation business and promoted smart watering practices to keep the private and public landscape green and thriving during drought conditions. For their longstanding contribution to our local small business economy and their leadership in keeping our community green and beautiful, we are proud to induct Beverly Ann & George H. “Dickie” Dickinson into the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Business Hall of Fame.
 
M. Joseph Hakan, Engineer
Joe Hakan is responsible for some of the most enduring structures in our community, first for the University and then with his firm, Hakan/Corley & Associates. A tireless supporter of both Chapel Hill and its University, he presided over the Public-Private Partnership, the Downtown Commission and serving the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce. For his foundational role in designing and building some of our community’s most beloved structures and for being a pillar of civic engagement, we are proud to induct Joe Hakan into the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Business Hall of Fame.
 
Victor Huggins, Huggins' Hardware
Leonard Victor "Vic" Huggins was an exceptional raconteur, a passionate supporter of the Tar Heels, and a successful small business owner. Huggins Hardware was a true shopping destination for everything from keys to cast iron skillets--and even roller skates. A former UNC cheerleader, Vic is credited with creating Carolina’s Rameses mascot, and earned honorary membership into UNC’s highest and oldest honor society for his tireless support of the School. For his service to and support of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Community, we proudly induct Vic Huggins into the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Business Hall of Fame.
 
Roger & Dorothy Jennings, Jennings & Company
Dorothy and Roger Jennings founded one of Chapel Hill’s most successful companies, creating a family business that grew from a staff of 3 to more than 17 serving a national clientele and earning numerous awards for outstanding work. Roger even chaired the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce in 1988—a role his daughter Paige reprised in 2013. For generating good jobs that are vital to our local economy, and for supporting community organizations generously, we proudly induct Dorothy and Roger Jennings into the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Business Hall of Fame.
 
Moreton Neal & Bill Neal, Restaurateurs
Together, Moreton and Bill Neal fueled the renaissance of fine dining in the South, nurtured appreciation for traditional Southern foods, and gave rise to the locally-sourced, seasonal cuisine movement. Their restaurants, La Residence and Crook’s Corner, earned countless accolades and were training grounds for many of the most celebrated Southern chefs. For launching two landmark restaurants, nurturing culinary talent and setting lasting trends in the culinary arts, we are proud to induct Moreton Neal and Bill Neal into the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Business Hall of Fame.
 
Brother Peacemaker, Gates of Beauty Body Shop
Brother Peacemaker not only fixes vehicles in his tiny body shop on Main Street in Carrboro, he ministers to anyone needing a little touch-up of their own. He lives and works his faith, operating a business that’s as good for your soul as it is for your car. And when he’s not working at the shop, Brother serves as chaplain for the Chatham County Agricultural & Industrial Fair Association. For his deep devotion to customers over three decades in business, we are proud to induct Brother Peacemaker into the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Business Hall of Fame.

Contact:
Kristen Smith, Vice President, Advocacy and Engagement
ksmith@carolinachamber.org, (919) 357-9988