Saturday, March 10, 2001

At 25, chamber flexing muscles




By Michael D. Clark
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        MASON — The Southeastern Butler County Chamber of Commerce began with humble roots a quarter-century ago, but explosive growth — especially in the last decade — has propelled it into a leadership role.

        The SEBC chamber celebrated its 25th anniversary Friday evening as hundreds of its 675 members — including business, political, religious and community leaders — gathered at the Manor House Conference Center.

        The chamber, which began with a dozen members of the Pisgah Businessmen's Association in 1976, has grown to represent the increasingly powerful business and civic interests of two of Ohio's fastest-growing townships — West Chester and Liberty.

        “This year's annual dinner ... celebrating the SEBC chamber's 25th anniversary, allows us the opportunity to recognize with appreciation our past ... relish our present and envision, with great enthusiasm, our future,” said Joe Hinson, president and CEO of the chamber.

        For the first time, the chamber awarded three lifetime member recognitions to longtime contributors to the West Chester and Liberty township communities.

        Winners of the Walter Epley Lifetime Member Award were:

        • Carlos Todd, founder of the SEBC chamber. A developer, Mr. Todd recently retired after 10 years as chairman of the Butler County Republican Party.

        • Jerry Bryan, who served as president of the SEBC chamber in 1991 and 1992.

        • Brenda Frazier, president in 1997, who was on the chamber's executive board 14 years.

        Mr. Hinson praised all three for their “tireless efforts on behalf of business ... (that) have brought tremendous benefits to our community.”

        Other winners of the chamber's annual awards:

        • Dean Swartz.

        • Amy Terango, general manager of the Butler County Regional Transit Authority.

        • Mike Basarich, brewing team manager for Miller Brewing Co.

        • Mid-Valley CareNet.

        • Cornerstone Consolidated Services Group and Mark Sennett.

       



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