Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce announces award winners

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- ​Two outstanding people in our area were recognized for their hard work and dedication to their careers by the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce.

Vicki Hawkins Fitch, Executive Director of the Bowling Green Area Convention and Visitors Bureau was named the ATHENA Award Recipient, and David Sears, the President and co-owner of Kentucky Outdoor Advertising was given the honor of being the 2017 Small Business Person of the Year.

"When I look back at the things that he did to keep his family going forward, it was really just being a little, small business person, and so I guess that's something that is sort of in my heart that I won't ever forget," said Sears, who couldn't help but feel that his father deserved a piece of his award.

Hawkins was equally reflective, recalling each of the previous ATHENA Award winners.

"It took my breath away. It's very humbling to be among the past recipients because those are such dynamic women that I have admired for so many years."

Both Fitch and Sears are set to be honored at the Chamber's Excellence Awards Luncheon on May 18. For a complete list of award nominees, see below:

ATHENA Award Nominees

-Amanda Ashley, SKY Pediatric Dentistry
-Janette Reed Boehman, WBKO-TV
-Jean Cherry, Med Center Health
-Ginger Cleary, State Farm Insurance
-Vicki Hawkins Fitch, Bowling Green Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
-Cathy Palmer, Carr, Riggs & Ingram, LLC

2017 Small Business Person of the Year Nominees

-Kelly Arnold, Gemini Homes, Inc.
-Tony Bishop, Hot Yoga Bowling Green
-Susan Hoechner, Barbara Stewart Interiors
-David Sears, Kentucky Outdoor Advertising

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