Chamber accepting nominations for Administrative Professional of the Year

Staff report

March 31, 2014

Administrative professionals are often the glue that holds businesses and organizations together, and the Greater Mount Airy Chamber of Commerce hands out an award to an administrative professional in the community each year at the Administrative Professional Day Luncheon.

Nominations are now open for this year’s Administrative Professional of the Year.

The award honors an individual who strives to achieve high levels of personal and professional accomplishment. The person should also excel in their field, devote time and energy to their community, and serve as a role model or mentor to colleagues, peers, and/or friends, according to the chamber.

Criteria for the 2014 Administrative Professional of the Year Award includes the following:

- The nominee must be employed by a business that is a member of the Greater Mount Airy Chamber of Commerce. A list of member businesses is available at

- The nominee should represent the Mount Airy or Surry County area through progressive business activity and/or community involvement.

- The administrative professional should be considered a role model and/or mentor.

- The recipient must be in attendance at the chamber’s Administrative Professional Day Luncheon.

- Letters of recommendation are welcome, at a maximum of two letters.

The deadline to nominate an individual is April 11. Official nomination forms can be obtained at the chamber’s office in downtown Mount Airy. For more information about nominations, call 786-6116.

Nomination forms include questions about why the person is exceptional; a description about the character of the nominee and how they serve as a role model to others in the workplace and in the community; information about the nominee’s values, trustworthiness, and integrity; and examples of how the person displays a commitment to the profession, dependability, patience, problem solving and initiative, communication skills, and interest in developing new skills.

Previous recipients of the award are not considered.

Nominations should be sent to the attention of Betty Ann Collins, president of the Greater Mount Airy Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 913, Mount Airy; faxed to 336-786-1488; or emailed to

The Administrative Professional Day Luncheon will be held on April 23 at 12 p.m. at Cross Creek Country Club. The cost to attend is $25 per person. Interactive entertainment for the luncheon will be provided by the Chamber Ambassador League. Last year’s entertainment included a “Price is Right” style game show with audience members acting as contestants, complete with real prizes, in addition to a flash mob dance. Reservations for the luncheon should be made by April 18.

Last year’s winner was Cheryl Fielder Largin, administrative assistant to Dr. David Shockley, president of Surry Community College. Previous year’s winners included Nicki Venable Brame, who is employed by the City of Mount Airy; Kay Marcaccio of WorkForce Carolina; Shirley Perkins of Haynes Strand and Company; Susan Johnson of Surry Community College; Teresa Montgomery of East Surry High School; Mary Walker White of Surry Community College, Farrah Davis of John S. Clark Company; Linda Williams of Northern Hospital of Surry County; and Brenda Goad of Surry Telephone Membership Corporation.