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Discover Fauquier December 2017
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In recognition of its 95th year in existence, the Fauquier Chamber of Commerce
held its 31st Annual Meeting and Awards Gala at Stoneridge Center on
November 4. Doug Larsen, a former Fauquier Chamber Business Person
of the Year who has served on many community boards over the years,
served as the evening's emcee and led a champagne toast to celebrate the
unifi cation of the Fauquier Chamber and the Greater Warrenton Chamber,
which will combine their efforts to serve all local business owners.
The delicious food and festive atmosphere, as well as a fresh approach to this
annual event, delighted guests as they recognized outstanding members of
the business community, including
Marianne Clyde, who of three nominees
was named the 2017
Business Person of the Year.
A licensed marriage and family therapist
for the past 27 years, Marianne has
helped people build strong, healthy
relationships and lead the abundant lives
that they were created to live. She is the
founder of the Marianne Clyde Center
for Holistic Psychotherapy, which offers
professional therapy and counseling
for those who suffer from depression,
anxiety and panic attacks, marital
or family issues, addictions, eating
disorders, and other relationship issues.
Marianne takes a holistic approach to
healing, incorporating the understanding
of how spirit, mind, and body work
together to bring people the best that
life has to offer.
Marianne currently serves on the
Fauquier Chamber Board of Directors
and has long been a champion of the Women's Business Council. This past
summer, she published ZentivityTM: How to Eliminate Chaos, Stress, and
Discontent in Your Workplace.
The Chamber presented several additional awards throughout the evening.
Three businesses were nominated for the
Large Business of the Year
award, which went to
Summit Community Bank and was accepted by
Margie Markham, who is also
the incoming 2018 Fauquier
Chamber chairperson.
Summit Community Bank's
deep community banking
roots date back to 1883 in
Moorefi eld, WV. More than
a century later, a financial
holding company called South
Branch Valley Bancorp was
formed, eventually changing
its name to Summit Financial
Group and extending its
services across the state
line into Virginia. Today, it
boasts $2.1 billion in assets
Fauquier Chamber of
Commerce Names 2017
Business Person of the Year
and remains committed to serving the community through traditional and
modern banking services. It lives up to its support of community in its roles
in Leadership Fauquier and Hospice of the Piedmont, as well as remaining
involved in various Chamber events.
Four businesses were nominated for the
Small Business of the Year award, which
was accepted by Chamber board member
Will Ashwell, on behalf of Mark B. Williams
& Associates, PLC.
Mark launched his law practice in Fauquier
County 27 years ago, along with his wife,
Gloria. The fi rm has grown over the years to
include three additional attorneys who practice
criminal defense, civil litigation, family law, land
use, and estate planning. Mark B. Williams &
Associates was recognized for its commitment
to the Valor Awards, Gloria's service on the
Chamber's Women's Business Council, Will's
service on the Chamber board, and Mark's
involvement in Leadership Fauquier.
Of three worthy nominees,
Boys & Girls Club of Fauquier was recognized
as the
Not-for-Profi t Business of the Year, which was accepted by Lynne
Richman Bell, the Club's executive director.
Celebrating its 20th year,
the Boys & Girls Club
of Fauquier continues
to focus on its mission
of "helping boys and
girls of all backgrounds,
especially those who
need us most, build
confidence, develop
character, and acquire the
skills needed to become
productive, civic-minded,
responsible adults." In
the past year, the Club
has launched a host of
new programs that are
focused on a variety
of issues to help youth
move past obstacles
and succeed. Board leadership has also transformed, growing from just
three directors a year ago to 21 directors from a range of professional
backgrounds. Serving more than 200 children in two county locations,
the Boys & Girls Club of Fauquier remains focused on building community
partnerships and living up to its mantra of "Great futures start here!"
The Fauquier Chamber of Commerce and Discovery Publications
salute all of these individuals and businesses for their outstanding
accomplishments!
Debbie Olinger, Lisa Runion, Margie Markham,
and Patty Owens of Summit Community Bank
Large Business of the Year
Elizabeth Rose-Resource Development Coordinator,
Ginger O'Brien-Central Unit Director, Patrice Jackson-
Clinical Program Coordinator, Lynne Richman Bell-
Executive Director of Boys & Girls Club of Fauquier
Not-for-Profi t Business of the Year
Maryanne Clyde
Business Person of the Year
Will Ashwell
Mark B. Williams & Associates, PLC
Small Business of the Year
~ Nancy Griffi n-Bonnaire