136 Second Street, Suite 500
Henderson, KY 42420

2019 Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner

The Chamber of Commerce of Henderson, KY Annual Dinner was held on February 7, 2019 at 5:30pm at Holy Name School.

The event was attended by over 300 persons and included the presentation of our annual awards.

Jay McChord was the keynote speaker for the evening. An artist, a cheerleader, a successful businessman, an entrepreneur, a community leader, a politician, a marathon runner and a father, Jay McChord is guided by his faith, driven by his passion for igniting new ideas in others and dedicated to healthier communities.

Born in Lexington, Kentucky, Jay graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1991 where he distinguished himself athletically by becoming a three-year letterman at UK as the University's Wildcat mascot, the first in the school's history to place in national competitions.

After graduation, Jay spent 13 years in the financial services industry in various capacities. He first ran his own business as an agent and registered representative for New York Life (one of America's Fortune 100 Companies) and later served as the Marketing Director/Director of Government Affairs for an international niche financial services firm.

For the past decade, Jay has become a recognized authority on generational communication, leadership and visioning in today's workplace. He speaks and consults with companies and organizations from around the globe on getting the best from all generations.

Jay brings a unique understanding, perspective and insight to the process of problem solving in today's economy and workplace.

Awards presented for the evening were:

Small Business of the Year – Shaw’s Flower

Larry Dixon is the owner of Shaw’s Flowers in Henderson and located on Second Street. Shaw’s has been serving this community sine 1928.

During those 81 years they have been a full service florist for weddings, funerals, birthday arrangements. They were active with FTD and Telefloral – allowing those from out of town to send flowers locally.

All the arrangements from Shaw’s are made from scratch, - meaning that they build it for the customer from individual flowers.

Larry and his wife are devoted members to the floral industry and the Henderson Chamber of Commerce is proud to present Shaw’s Flowers with the Small Business of the Year Award.

Small Business of the Year – Hometown Roots

Casey Todd is the owner of Hometown Roots in downtown Henderson. Hometown Roots opened about six months ago in August of 2018. Even though the restaurant has not been opened very long – the re-design of the space to make it what it is today took months of planning and implementing. With the help of family and friends, the target date for opening was achieved. The community and surrounding area has embraced this restaurant with it culinary twist on traditional favorites.

The unique design of the bar area and the event space located in the rotunda has generated a consistent flow of patrons enjoying the camaraderie of friends from near and far.

Casey brought his passion of owning his own restaurant back home after years of gaining extensive experience from around the world. His use of local resources only enhances the wonderful flavors of his traditional with a twist dishes like the deviled eggs, shrimp and grits and warm buttery cornbread.

Casey Todd – thank you for bringing Hometown roots HOME and congratulations on receiving the Henderson Chamber Small Business of the Year.

Ambassador of the Year - Lori Tuggle

The Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors play a very important role with the chamber. These individuals take time from their busy work schedules to help, plan, attend and celebrate everything Chamber. Their time and talent given to us is all volunteer.

Lori Tuggle is small business owner in Henderson and serves as an Ambassador with the Chamber. She chairs the membership committee and was very busy this year with the new membership tier restructuring and benefits plan updates. Lori opened Shelter Insurance in April 2018 and became a Chamber member to get involved in the community and to network with other small businesses. Her passion and energy is demonstrated at all chamber functions, including ribbon cuttings for new businesses, networking events, and chamber recognition events.

Distinguished Citizen of the Year – Larry, Donnie, ad Gary Barnes

This years recipients are brothers in the community. There nomination was based upon the following projects the Barnes Brother helped with.

Father Bradley’s Women’s Shelter of Henderson - When the need for the shelter was discussed and plans were being made to make it happen – the Barnes brothers were contacted to get their input on building it. They took the lead from there and donated the land for the site, organized sub contractors, then built and finished the entire building inside and out - then handed over the key ready for operations to begin. Since its opening in 2001, the Father Bradley Shelter for Women and Children has provided safe haven and services to more than 1,900 women and children. Father Bradley Shelter for Women and Children works to provide homeless women and children with the tools and knowledge to improve their self-sufficiency and well-being.

Relay for Life Concert – The Barnes brothers got together with their sister and held a benefit concert for Relay for Life. The concert raised well over $30,000 for the American Cancer Society . Donnie’s wife, Jerry died from cancer in 2009.

Boys and Girls Club of Henderson - The mission of the Boys and Girls Club of America is To enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. BGC was created in 1860 with the vision to Provide a world-class Club Experience that assures success is within reach of every young person who enters our doors, with all members on track to graduate from high school with a plan for the future, demonstrating good character and citizenship, and living a healthy lifestyle. Realizing that this was needed in Henderson – A group gathered to raise funds to do just that – and the contacted the Barnes Brothers with their sister Kathy, to help. The concert was held at the Henderson Fine Arts Center in November 2018 and raised $20,000.

These are just a few of the many things this family has done for our community and recognition is well deserved.

Criteria for the awards are:

The Small Business of the Year is awarded in two categories. A Business with 1-10 employees and a business with 11-50 employees.

The Distinguished Citizen of the Year Criteria for 2019 recipient:

  • The individual must have worked diligently and successfully for the growth and development within our community.
  • The individual must have provided voluntary services in several different areas. The areas of consideration are:
    • Church
    • Community Development
    • Youth
    • Humanitarianism
  • The community service that the individual has provided must be in addition to his/her regular job or work.
  • The individual must have provided voluntary service over a number of years.