Smallridges, Anderson, others to be honored by Oak Ridge Chamber

The Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce will honor area business leaders and businesses at its first An ExtraORdinary Evening Installation and Awards Dinner to be held at 7 p.m., Friday, Jan. 10, at the Oak Ridge Children’s Museum.

The cocktail hour will begin at 6 p.m.

Bob and Carol Smallridge and Colin Anderson will be presented with the chamber’s most prestigious awards at the event.

Bob and Carol Smallridge will be the recipients of the Eugene L. Joyce Lifetime Achievement Award.

The award is given to recognize and celebrate individuals who have truly distinguished themselves and embody the essential values of volunteerism, community service and dedication to the economic vitality of the community.

It is the Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce’s pre-eminent award given to honor the memory of the late Eugene L. Joyce.

Colin Anderson, president of ORNL Federal Credit Union, will receive the Kerry Trammell Volunteer of the Year Award.

The award is named after the late Kerry Trammell, who was a long-time member and volunteer for the Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce.

The awards and installation dinner will also include the naming of several other award recipients.

The awards and nominees are as follows:

Entrepreneur of the Year

• Saad Aqqad of Oak Ridge Pharmacy

• Ryan Chinn of R&R Properties

• Michael Wilhoit of Mac’s Pharmacy

Young Professional of the Year

• Jeff Cheek of Countryside Tire

• Rebecca Crowe of Oak Ridge Associated Universities

• Brad Spears of RSI EnTech

Community Impact Award

• Doubletree by Hilton Oak Ridge

• Oak Ridge Associated Universities

• ORNL Federal Credit Union

Business of the Year Award

• Oak Ridge Tool-Engineering

• Strata G


Small Business of the Year Award

• Acato Information Management

• First Place Finish

• The Houndry

Cost to attend the dinner is $99 for members of the Oak Ridge Chamber, $150 for non-members.

Sponsorship opportunities and Millennium Partner discounts are available.

In addition to the dinner, the event will include dancing, music and a cash bar.

The dress code for the dinner is black tie optional.

Those interested in attending may register by visiting the chamber’s website:

Contact Greta Ownby at 483-1321 or for more information. Deadline to RSVP is noon Thursday, Jan. 9.

Presenting sponsors are the chamber’s Titanium Millennium Partners: UT-Battelle and Consolidated Nuclear Services; Platinum Millennium Partners: Oak Ridge Associated Universities, The University of Tennessee, ORNL Federal Credit Union and Y-12 Federal Credit Union; and Gold Millennium Partners: UCOR and ORUD Natural Gas.

The Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce is a four-star accredited Chamber of Commerce.