Chamber of Commerce
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Through an active and diverse membership, the Chamber will improve the economy and quality of life for our members and our community.
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Join us in recognizing our featured members.
- Business of the Year - Judy B & Company
- Ambassador of the Year - Jody Martin
- Young Professional of the Year - Carmen Prather
- Community Partner - GreyStone Power
- Citizen of the Year - Kevie Dixon
Business of the Year: Judy B & Company
It was a longtime dream of Janice Rakestraw, Georgia Rakestraw and Judy Rackley to have an upscale boutique. Unfortunately, Judy passed away before the dream came to a reality in November 2008. Because it was important to honor the membory of Judy, and allow her to remain a part of this formed partnership, the boutique was named after her, Judy B and Company. In honor of Judy's memory, the use of her actual signature is the busininess's logo. By November 1, 2015 Judy B & Company had expanded their footprint by 2400 square feet, giving them a total of 4300 square feet of retail space. Judy B's , as it has become known,has become Paulding County's premier Boutique and is happy to be a part of this great County. Carring a wide variety of fashionalbe clothing, jewelry and handbags, they are known for thier top designer lines. They are committed to provideing you with great personal customer service and will make your visit to the boutique an experience to remember wanting all of their customers to have a true "Judy B" experience. Janice and Georgia are just two Paulding County Natives living the true American Dream.
Citizen of the Year: Kevie Dixon
There are some jobs where the Qualifications simply can't be put into words. A job that requires a passion for the cause, a willingness for personal sacrifice, and the understanding that at the end of the day, your reward is in the knowledge that you have helped others and not in accolades or personal gain. OUr community is extremely fortunate to have one of these unique individuals who affect the lives of so many youths in Paulding County.
A native of Meridian, Mississippi, Kevie Dixon is a 1992 Alumni of Delta State University where he earned a bachelor of Business management and achieved great basketball honors going on to be an international Pro Basketball player. Dixon athletic career includes election into the esteemed Delta State Sprts Hall of Fame.
However, the true highlight of his career was yet to come, as he would ultimately end up having the unique givt and innate ability to touch and forever change the lives of hunreds of children durng his 20 year career as founding Executive Director of the Paulding County Boys and Girls Club. Through youth development, Leadership traing and character building, he has enriched generations with his dedication and inspiration of youth. He encourages and expects nothing less than success from his youth with their academic success, talent development, healthy lifestyle and socialization skills. With a humbled spirit, he often credits his parents, former teachers, caoches, and life partner Tina who have helped shape his life to one of didecation to others before self.
Ambassador of the Year: Jody Martin Paulding County Board of Com
Chamber Ambassadors have a prominent position of responsibility within our chamber. They act as a primary liaison to our investors, are highly visible at Chamber events, and are didicated volunteers within our organization. During this Jody Martins two year involvement with this program crativity, ambition, initiative, leadership, and professionalism have been consistently demonstrated.
Starting her career with Paulding County in 2000 at the front desk of the Tax Assessors dempartment, she was transferred in 2006 to the Board of Commissioners office. In 2009, she was given the opportunity to manage the TV station, Comcast 23- Paulding County Today as the Media Production Coordinator and has brought the studio, station and programming up to date and given it a social media presence.
Jody is a California native, mother of two, grandmother of two granddaughters and has been married for 31 years to Marine Chuck Martin. To know her is to admire her style, charism and creativity, Jody Martin is a true asset to Paulding County and the Paulding Chamber of Commerce.
Community Partner of the Year- GreyStone Power
GreyStone Power, a not-for-profit electric cooperative, is committed togiving back to the community it serves. Over and over again Paulding County reaps the benefit of GreyStone's involvement. Through service, volunteerism, and financial contributions, GreyStone makes a positive difference in Paulding County. The GreyStone Power Foundaiton, Inc. makes financial donations to charitable organizations serving Paulding County residents, lending a helping hand whether the need is for education, food, pregnancy services, surviving domestic violence, advocting for children in the legal system, helping children avoid drugs, building a ramp or making hause repairs for a handicapped senior, paying unmet utility bills, or mentoring teens about future careers.
Some of the organizations GreyStone has partnered with to meet these needs include Helping Hands of Paulding County, the City of Hiram Police Explorers, Dallas First Methodist Church River of life program, Family Alliance of Paulding, the Lighthouse Food Pantry, Paulding Child Advocacy Center, the paulding Sheriff Department's Cops for Kids, Paulding Pregnancy Services, Shepherd's Rest Ministries and Relay for Life. GreyStone also supports the Boys & Gifls Club, CASA Paulding County, the Hiram Police DARE Program and Mckenna Farms Therapy Services.
Commitment to education is an important focus of GreyStone. Annually GreyStone sends a participant to the Chamber's Leadership Paulding program. GreyStone funds scholorships and leaership training opportunities like the Washinton Youth Tour for Paulding students. The schools are some of the largest recipients of GreyStone margins, or capital credits, returned to members and businesses each year. In another exaple, GreyStone also recently helped provide dictionaries for Paulding Students in partnership with the Dallas Rotary Club. GreyStone is a Partner in Education with a local elementray school. A GreyStone Employee also serves on the Xtreme Family Field Day Event Committee to raise money for the Paulding Education Foundation which provides scholarships for children and funds for school programming.
The co-op's releationship as electricity provider and supporter of Paulding WellStar Hospital, Paulding Northwest Atlanta Airport and many other Paulding Businesses are examples of the Co-op's involvement in giving back.
GreyStone Wholehartedly supports the Paulding County Chamber of Commerce and its efforts to promote healthy businesses in the community. A GreyStone employee serves on the Chamber Board of Directors and on the Paulding Chiarman's Club, as well as on the Paulding Economic Development board. A GreyStone Employee serves on the Paulding County Water and Sewer Advisory Board and as President of the Paulding County Utility Coordinating Council. This employee previously served on the Paulding Parks and Recreation Board.
GreyStone Power has often been called A Company that Cares for its efforts in our community. Thank you, GreyStone Employees, Management, and Board members, for all the ways you improve the quality of like in Paulding County.
Young Professional of the Year - Carmen Prather
This year's Paulding Young Professional Award recipient is Carmen Prather, with Gas South who is a pillar of integrity and leadership among her peers and the Paulding community. Her involvements include a member of the Carroll County Agricultural Committee, West Cobb Business Association Special Events Committee, Family Alliance of Paulding fundraising committee and on the board of directors for the Paulding County Boys and Girls Club. She is a Leadership Paulding graduate, and was instrumental in forming the Paulding Emerging Professionals program for the Chamber as the past chair. A long time Paulding Chamber Ambassador, she is joining the Board of Directors for 2016. By this selfless dedication to all of these volunteer positions, she has proven herself as an ideal mentor in preparing the leaders of tomorrow.