The annual awards banquet of the Quitman-Brooks County Chamber of Commerce took place Thursday, March 11. The banquet was held in the cafeteria of the Brooks County Middle School.

Valdosta Technical College President Dr. D. Ray Perren was the guest speaker. Perren described the characteristics of a leader and challenged business leaders to humbly serve and empower their staff to be creative in these tough economic times.

The presentation of the awards was a special time to recognize leaders of Brooks County and how they have impacted not only their business but the economics of the community.

Chairman Glenn Bissett recognized outgoing chairman Jared Renfroe with Ameris Bank for his service to the chamber over this past year. The Director of the Year award was given to Janie Jones with Brooks County schools. Brooks County School System Superintendent Debra Folsom recognized STAR Student Hannah Hodum and STAR Teacher Zinda McDaniel. The members of the Leadership Brooks 2009 Class were recognized and given a plaque for their completion of the class. The Woman of the Year award was given to Folsom. The Man of the Year award went to Michael Purvis, Brooks County Hospital administrator. Crown Industries received the Business of the Year award. Knot Just Weddings of Quitman catered the event and James Bednar of Seasons provided the decorations.

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