Berea Chamber honors Lee's Catering, KI USA

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Recipients of 2018 Berea Chamber of Commerce awards are, front from left, Cathy Broaddus, Hall of Fame Award; Debra Warford, Volunteer of the Year; Emogene Hogg-Hartman, Silver Spoon Award; Teresa Scenters, Corporate Partner, Keith Everitt, Red Lick Volunteer Fire Department, Special recognition Award; second row: David Gilliam, Educator of the Year; Mike Carter, Lee's Catering, Business of the Year; Stephanie Rogers, Health Care Professional of the Year; Gayle Powell, Woman of the Year; Carrie Keathley, KI USA, Industry of the Year; Joe Chowning, Agriculture Award; Roy Todd, Man of the Year.

The Berea Chamber of Commerce presented awards to businesses, industries and individuals at its annual banquet Nov. 15.

Lee's Catering was named Business of the Year, while KI USA claimed Industry of the Year.

Steve and Phyliss Carter of Lee's Catering rarely say no to volunteering, according to their award citation.

In May, Lee’s Catering was named Business of the Month just after they provided help to passengers of a disabled Greyhound Bus. Lee’s served them free meals and drinks while they waited for their journey to resume.

Lee’s Catering also established a fundraising concession booth at the Battle of Richmond Re-enactment and helped with the chamber's Duck Derby, supplying chicken for the Mt. Vernon Elementary School that won the most votes in the favorite school competition.

Almost 30 years ago, KI USA was among the first employers in the Berea Industrial Park.

Its more than 120 employees produce automotive design, body and suspension components, including rear engine plates, exhaust systems and bumper stay assemblies.

If you drive a Honda Accord or a Mazda 6, you have some parts from KI USA in Berea, according to the award citation.

Educator of the Year

David Gilliam was named Educator of the Year for the second time. The new Madison County Schools superintendent was previously honored while principal of Madison Southern High School.

Five years ago, Gilliam left MSHS, where he oversaw renovation and expansion of the school building, to become Madison County Schools chief academic officer. With the retirement of Superintendent Elmer Thomas, the county school board did not have to go far to find his successor.

Health Care Professional of the Year

Stephanie Rogers, manager of the Women's Care Center that opened on Chestnut Street in February, was named Health Care Professional of the Year.

The center provides a variety of services to pregnant women and new mothers, including free counseling services, ultrasounds, pregnancy tests, clothing and supplies.

Agriculture Award

Joe Chowning, a former partner in Berea Drugs, who now operates Wind Rose Farm with his wife Joyce, received the Agriculture Award.

Wind Rose raises registered Simmental cattle on 160 acres.

Man, Woman of the Year

Roy Gene Todd, who has built or renovated more than 1,000 homes in the Berea area since the 1970s, was named Man of the Year.

Gayle Powell, a medical professional who is also known for her church and community volunteer efforts, was named Woman of the Year. The chamber honored her in 2007 as its Volunteer of the Year. She also is the person behind the actual spoonbread served at the chamber's annual Spoonbread Festival, according to her citation.

Volunteer of the Year

Debra Warford, who started Bark in the Park and is secretary for the Homemakers of America, as well as being involved in Relay for Life, was named Volunteer of the Year.

Warford also volunteers for the Spoonbread Festival Dog Show and helps run the festival's 5K race.

Hall of Fame

Cathy Broaddus, who has been active with the Berea chamber for the past 20 years, was inducted into the organization's Hall of Fame.

She has served on the chamber board for nine years and co-chaired many events over the years, according to her citation.

An original member on the St. Joseph Berea Foundation board, she also served on the Hospice development board and helps with the Walk to End Alzheimer's.

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