Entrepreneur of the Year Nomination Criteria
The Entrepreneur of the Year award is awarded to an individual who has taken risks in business – started a new venture; expanded into a new area; taken on a difficult project; someone whose thinking is “outside the box”; an astute businessperson with a vision for the future.
The Chamber of Commerce accepts nominations for Entrepreneur of the Year and presents the award at our Annual Banquet and Awards Ceremony held in January of each year.
Rules & Criteria:
- At the time of nomination, the nominee must live in Harrisonburg or Rockingham County, or the business most be located in the area
- The nominee must have had a business in operation for 3 or more consecutive years.
- Nominee is not required to be a member of the Chamber of Commerce.
- Current Selection Committee members and past winners are not eligible for the award.
- Nominations will be accepted from the general public and Chamber members, but all nominators must identify themselves.
- Selection of award winners rests with the committee, whose decision is final, and that group shall keep the nomination information.
- Information provided on the nominee may be used in publicity materials.
- Nominations received after the deadline will be treated as a nomination for the following year’s award.
1985 Chester Bradfield
1986 Frank J. Campbell & Richard H. Collins
1987 Daniel Brubaker
1988 Wayne B. Ruck & Jerry F. Morris
1989 James Wheatley, Sr.
1990 Dwight Hartman
1991 Dwight O. Wyse
1992 George J. Willi
1993 Thomas Jackson
1994 Steve Bird, Ron Williams & Paige Will
1995 Conan Showalter
1996 Daniel Beam
1997 John L. Hopkins III
1998 The McDaniel Brothers
1999 Robert Plecker
2000 Bill V. Neff, Sr.
2001 Rodney Eagle
2002 Joe Bowman
2003 David Miller
2004 Floyd W. Morris Jr.
2005 Brad Driver
2006 Virginia Poultry Grower’s Coop
2007 William Young
2008 Chad Layman
2009 John Hall
2010 Aaron Ludwig
2011 Keith May
2012 Katrina Didot
2013 Todd Dofflemyer
2014 Tim Heydon
2015 Barry Kelley