West Metro Chamber of Commerce announces new name during annual awards dinner
The West Metro Chamber of Commerce handed out its annual slate of awards Tuesday night, but the plaques and trophies the winners received read a little differently than in previous years.
Before the best of the best business owners and volunteers were announced, the chamber’s new name was unveiled. Over the next several weeks, the West Metro Chamber of Commerce will transition to being known as the Greater Cayce West Columbia Chamber of Commerce.
Officials said the new name will give a clearer picture of who the chamber assists and which areas it represents. New signage will be revealed Wednesday at the headquarters on 12th Street, and the awards presented Tuesday bear the updated moniker.
No matter the name, the local organization has plenty of volunteers, business owners and everyday residents who are the driving force behind its success. The annual awards are one way the chamber’s staff and board of directors thank those people for their hours of dedication to organizing events, supporting businesses and welcoming new residents and businesses to the Cayce-West Columbia community.
In addition to awards like the Ambassador of the Year and Volunteer of the Year, the chamber recognizes two special individuals each summer.
Picking up the 2014 Citizen of the Year was Tim James. A fixture in the Cayce community, James continues to serve the area after his long career in law enforcement came to an end. He is the executive director of the Lexington Medical Center Foundation and is a city of Cayce council member.
Chamber officials also chose to honor longtime resident Robert “Bob” Wise with this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award for his many years of service to the community and the chamber. The Lifetime Achievement Award has been given since 2003.
Wise founded Wise Furniture Co. and operated the business for more than four decades. He served 12 years on West Columbia City Council and has been a part of Lexington County Economic Development and the Brookland-Cayce High School Education Foundation.
Wise also was an inaugural member in 1958 of the Cayce-West Columbia Jaycees, a leadership, networking and service organization for people ages 18 to 40.
The remaining 2014 award winners are as follows:
- Volunteer of the Year: Ken Krauskopf of Stitch Wizard
- Ambassador of the Year: Theresa Sims of Pineview Florist
- Business of the Year: Riverbanks Zoo
- Small Business of the Year: Signs 2 Go
- Students of the Year (Lexington Two and Lexington Four): William Spencer Brooks of Airport High and Tyler Jeffcoat of Swansea High
- Teachers of the Year (Lexington Two and Lexington Four): Travis Kelly of Swansea High and Karen Kish of Airport High