By Heather Lusk
While honoring eight people and two businesses, the Zionsville Chamber of Commerce annual awards banquet also recognized the 75 individuals who have been honored over 50 years, collectively sharing the Town Crier award.
A commemorative video captured a representative winner from every 10 years of the award before the 2017 honor was presented to Andy Pickell.
The annual awards banquet was held on Jan. 27 at the Palomino Ballroom.
A new award, the Zionsville Chamber Champion, was presented to Erica Carpenter, who ran the Chamber’s social media and helped the chamber with marketing efforts. The award “recognizes an exemplary commitment to the chamber of commerce, fulfilling the chamber’s mission as well as enhancing the community as a whole,” according to the chamber.
Rhonda Cranshaw received the Dahlia Excellence in Service Award for her leadership with bicentennial events in Boone County.
Amber and Nick Moore, who own Restore Life Chiropractic, were named the Volunteers of the Year. The couple moved to Zionsville several years ago from the east coast and “jumped in, they joined the chamber… and volunteered to help at almost all of the chamber events,” said event emcee and Fox59 reporter Sherman Burdette.
Mike Shaffer and Shari Alexander Richey from Zionsville Community Schools received the Community Service Award for their work in reducing taxes for businesses. The Emerging Professional of the Year was presented to Brad Duncan of Centier Bank, the Business Professional of the Year was presented to Steve Russo of Russo Communications and the zWORKS Startup of the Year was presented to Boosterville.
The Business of the Year award went to DK Pierce and Associates, which elected to be an early tenant of Zionsville’s Creekside Corporate Park rather than find a location to expand elsewhere.