Chamber of Commerce Recognizes Emerging Leaders

Chamber of Commerce Recognizes Emerging Leaders

Sunday, December 4, 2016
Article by: The Tullahoma News
Kelly Lapcynski, staff writer

Young Tullahoma professionals were celebrated Tuesday during the Tullahoma Area Chamber of Commerce’s inaugural Emerging Leaders Rising Stars MVP awards luncheon.

Sponsored by Southern Community Bank, the event awarded five emerging leaders, most of them also heavily involved in other chamber programs, for their collective excellence and passion both in their chosen fields and in service to the community.

“This is an exciting group and a great bunch,” said Chamber Executive Director Diane Bryant, thanking those in attendance for coming out to celebrate “our most valuable players [who are] making this community great and will continue to do so.”

The “elite five” selected for recognition from a field of 20 nominees were, in order of presentation: Chelsea Dochety, of Lester, Greene & McCord insurance agency; Hank Jordan, vice president of Southern Community Bank; Bryan McAdams, managing partner of Tullahoma Funeral Home; Kellye Pierce, of Creations Hair Design and local publisher of Kidsville News; and Hope Sartain, of the Exchange Media Group.

Also nominated were Joe Abraham, WDUC 93.9 FM “The Duck;” Josh Clarey, Housholder Artman; Alexander David, Crisler CPA; Ben Dorman, American City Bank; Chambliss Fewell, 1st Choice Realtor; James Fuller, Southern Community Bank; Chad Grimes, Traders Bank; Becky Huddleston, Elk River Public Utility District; Matt Jernigan, Ascend Federal Credit Union; Matt Layton, First Vision Bank; Danielle Middleton, US Bank; Stephen Neal, American City Bank; Joseph Seabolt, Chick-fil-A; Chelsea Short, Tullahoma Utilities Authority; and Heather Sorahbi, Excel Eye Care.


The Tullahoma Area Chamber of Commerce 2016 Inaugural Emerging Leaders MVP Rising Star Awards was held Tuesday afternoon at Lakewood Golf and Country Club. The five award recipients are, from left: Hank Jordan with Southern Community Bank; Hope Sartain with Exchange Media Group; Bryan McAdams with Tullahoma Funeral Home; Kellye Pierce with Creations Hair Salon and Kidsville News!; and Chelsy Dochety with Lester, Greene and McCord.
–Staff Photo by Chris Barstad

“Our hope with this program is to continue to get people involved, to continue to get people engaged and to continue to recognize those that are working hard to try to make this community the success that it is – because we are only a successful community when we all get in there and we volunteer and we have that can-do spirit that makes it come together,” said Bryant.

Now in its third year, the chamber’s Emerging Leaders (EL) program was started in 2014 by then-president Jamie McNabb to provide young professionals with a platform to partner with area business and community leaders to develop leadership skills and build strong network connections. The program’s mission is to “Engage, Educate and Empower” the future leaders of our community.

Throughout the year, EL members team with local business mentors to participate in a variety of programs, networking events and professional development seminars that can help them to become more competitive in the business arena.

The Rising Stars MVP Awards, a new addition to the program, are designed “to salute and applaud our community’s young professionals under the age of 40 for significant accomplishments in their chosen professional field as well as their commitment and contribution to the community.”

For more information, visit our Emerging Leaders page