Julie Corder Fletcher with Allstate Insurance Company/Tonda Phillips Corp. was named Administrative Professional of the Year at the Greater Mount Airy Chamber of Commerce’s Administrative Professional Day Luncheon on Wednesday afternoon.
Tonda Phillips, in her nomination form for Fletcher, wrote that Fletcher came into her office in 2006 with her resume, “fresh out of college and willing to learn, work, and succeed,” but Phillips said she was just starting up and was hesitant to hire anyone without experience. Fletcher persisted, and shared with Phillips that her mother, brother-in-law, and her two step-siblings were all Allstate agents and her dream was to one day become a part of the company, so after several months of persistence, She hired Fletcher in April 2007.
“Her persistence was exceptional,” Phillips described. “Since that day she has persisted through training, licensing, and impressing me daily with her ability to adapt, learn, and help customers with difficult issues.”
Phillips went on to add that Fletcher, who is “always the first to arrive in the morning,” looks for solutions, gives honest answers to the most difficult questions, and “truly lives by the golden rule to treat others the way she wants to be treated.”
Phillips also included multiple positive comments from customers about how helpful and kind Fletcher is when working with them. Fletcher was surprised by the award, and delighted to see her family members sneak out to surprise her. “Thank you so much for this — I didn’t expect it at all. I love working for Tonda,” Fletcher said.
Chamber Ambassador League Chairman Alan Burton, of the Mount Airy Lions Club, welcomed everyone to the luncheon, followed by an invocation by Superintendent of Mount Airy City Schools Dr. Gregory Little. Chamber Board Chairman Curtis Taylor, CEO of Surry Telephone Membership Corp., presented the award to Fletcher.
The entertainment was a “Blast from the Past on the Rocking Rocket,” with the Chamber Ambassadors starting in 1964 and moving up one decade at a time through 2014. Commercial breaks were also acted out by the ambassadors.
Tyler Morgan with Burton Signworks was the MC for the entertainment portion, entertaining the audience with bits of information about each decade, such as the price of one gallon of gas, popular television shows, and the price of a loaf of bread.
Chamber Ambassadors re-enacted The Beatles arrival in the United States and appearance on the “Ed Sullivan Show” for 1964 and Louis Armstrong, played by Bob Meinicke with Liberty Business Partners, sung “Hello Dolly.”
A portrayal of the world record for streaking at Western Carolina in 1974 brought lots of laughs, including the “streaker” wearing a cardboard box for censorship purposes. A performance of “Girls Just Wanna have Fun” delighted the crowd, as well as other musical performances — the Spice Girls “Wannabe” and “Crime of the Century” by Shania Twain for 1994, “Ride a Cowboy” for 2004, and a final performance of “Y.M.C.A. by the Village People, with the audience joining in the fun. Multiple appearances were made by the Chick-fil-A cow, including as one of The Beatles.
President of the Mount Airy Chamber of Commerce Betty Ann Collins said she wanted to thank everyone, including the sponsors; the Chamber Ambassadors, who provided the entertainment; Blanton Youell with B-Dazzle Productions for the music and visuals; Cooke Rentals; Cross Creek Country Club; and the chamber staff for support.
SouthData was the event sponsor for the event. The program sponsor was Kelly Office Solutions. Surry Community College was the Administrative Professional of the Year Award Sponsor. The Table Sponsor was Creative Designs, who provided flower arrangements for the centerpieces. Commercial sponsors were Colt Simmons Construction Company, Wally’s Service Station/The Fruit Basket, Whole Health Practices, and Grace Academy of Mount Airy. Year sponsors were Edward Jones-Dale Draughn, Haynes Strand & Company PLLC, Pine State Marketing, Inc., and Rogers Realty & Auction Company, Inc.
Last year’s Administrative Professional of the Year award went to Cheryl Fielder Largin, administrative assistant to President of Surry Community College Dr. David Shockley. 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 Marilyn Johnson of Surry Telephone Membership Corporation.
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