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 Jan. 24 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.


  1. Would be nice to see the chamber getting involved in stopping these third world style developments that resemble ghetto subdivisions in the area.
    These slum developers should be shut down. It’s driving down property values and reeking havoc on our school system.
    Not to mention the negative effect this has on legitimate new businesses or nice home builders wanting to move into the area.

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