NEWS: Cleveland Chamber hands out top awards at annual banquet

NEWS: Cleveland Chamber hands out top awards at annual banquet









MTC Cleveland (also known as Cleveland Correctional Center) is the Business of the Year for the Greater Cleveland Chamber of Commerce. The award was announced on Friday at the Chamber’s annual membership gala. Representing the prison is Warden Mike Upshaw (center). Pictured with him are Jim Carson, chief operating officer for the Greater Cleveland of Commerce, and Will Carter with U.S. Rep. Brian Babin’s office.


And the winners are…

The Greater Cleveland Chamber of Commerce held its much-anticipated annual awards ceremony on Friday, Jan. 24, at the Cleveland Civic Center. The event is also when the Chamber board leadership officially changes.

Victoria Good is this year’s chairman, replacing outgoing chairman Charlie Rice. At the banquet, Good presented Rice with a plaque commemorating his year of service as chairman and Kari Duggar with a Chairman’s Choice award, recognizing Duggar’s service and commitment to the Chamber.

MTC Cleveland (formerly known as Cleveland Correctional Center) was named the Business of the Year.

John Hart, owner of Hart’s RV and Boat Storage, was picked as the recipient of the Alfred G. Anderson Citizen of the Year.

The winner of the Jean Noble McAdams Volunteer of the Year Award is realtor Regina Vollmer. Raylene Atkinson, who works for Texas Emergency Hospital, was picked as the Ambassador of the Year.

The award for Non-Profit of the Year is Covenant With Christ, which operates a thrift shop and food bank in Cleveland.

About Oliver J. Bell Unit

Oliver J. Bell Unit is accredited by the American Correctional Association—
achieving 100% compliance for both mandatory and non-mandatory standards in
its most recent audit. Other accreditations and certifications include the Correctional
Education Association, National Center for Construction Education and Research
(NCCER), and the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA).