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Tharpe Engineering Group named Small Business of the Year at Savannah Area Chamber Awards Banquet

Category: Chambers of Commerce


By Lou Phelps, Savannah Business Journal

June 11, 2015 – The Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce held its annual Business Expo and Awards Banquet, honoring eight companies and individuals.  The evening’s events were kicked off by Trey Cook, Chairman of the Board of the Chamber, Savannah CEO of Savannah Tire and Rubber Co.

In attendance was Georgia Dept. of Labor Commissioner Mark Butler, who also attended the Chamber’s Business Expo in the afternoon, and spoke at the Chamber’s monthly board meeting Thursday morning. 

Those honored included:

Entrepreneur of the Year – EnviroVac – The Clean Company.  Diana Morrison, president of Advertising Specialty Services was the presenter.Kevin Jackson, president, was unable to attend. Some of the company’s staff received the award.  The company is the premier industrial cleanup company in the Southeast, and has crossed the $100 million a year market in revenues.

Environmental Excellence Awards – JCB Inc.  The award was presented by Nick Defly with the City of Savannah.  Accepting the award was Roger Meyerly, Facilities and & Environmental Manager for JCB.

Gulfstream Community Involvement Award – Enmark Stations, Inc.   Jay Neely with Gulfstream was the presenter.  Enmark is owned by Colonial Oil, and was founded in 1963. Houston Demere accepted the award for Enmark.  

Helen V Head, Small Business Advocate Award – Howard Morrison.  Mr. Morrison is a philanthropist, and community activist.   Dr. Barbara Bart, president of the Savannah Commerce Club was the presenter.  The award is named after Helen Head, the first woman chair of the Chamber, and a CPA.  She was also a founding member of the Savannah Commerce Club.

Hospitality Business of the Year Award – Gaslight Group.  Brian Huskey accepted the award for the restaurant company.  Sarah Lamar with Hunter MacLean, who chairs the Visit Savannah board, was the presenter.

Manufacturer’s Safety Award – Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation.  The Stan Sparks with Georgia Power was the presenter.  The company has a very low 1.0 percent incidence record with OSHA, according to Sparks. Gulfstream’s Paul Dillinger was featured in a video to talk about Gulfstream’s Safety Management System.

Small Business of the Year – Tharpe Engineering Group.  Wells Fargo Market President Jenny Gentry was the presenter. Cody Tharpe accepted the award for his company.  The firm offers structural engineering consulting firm, primarily for architects for both commercial and larger residential projects.

World Trade Center Savannah Business of the Year – Alcoa Forgings and Extrusions, which makes parts for jet engines and other purposes and ships internationally to Europe and Asia.  Scott Center was the presenter.


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