irmo chamber awards

(L-R) Kerry Powers-President/CEO Irmo Chamber, Alex Salmon, Shelley Woodward-Chair of Irmo Chamber Board. Photo courtesy of Leigh Essig Photography

The Greater Irmo Chamber of Commerce honored outstanding chamber partners Friday at the 2021 Irmo Chamber Awards Night and Gala, presented by Steve Padgett’s Honda of Lake Murray and hosted by the Doubletree by Hilton.

Honorees included the 2021 Ambassador of the Year, Diplomat of the Year, Order of the Okra, Coffee Talker of the Year, Non-Profit of the Year, New Business of the Year and Small and Large Businesses of the Year.

“2020 was an incredibly challenging year for the Irmo Business Community and it was an honor and a pleasure to come together with these amazing people to celebrate the accomplishments and successes of our business leaders,” said Kerry Powers, Greater Irmo Chamber President and CEO.

The prestigious Ambassador of the Year award went to Alex Salmon, owner of the Salmon Allstate Agency in Ballentine and Salmon Photography in Irmo. Salmon served as Chair of the Irmo Chamber Board of Directors for 18 months and helped the chamber navigate the pandemic and shutdown of the business community.

The Ambassador of the Year award is given to an individual in the community who has contributed to the growth of the community and the Greater Irmo Chamber through action and/or service. Past Ambassador of the Year winners include Congressman Joe Wilson, Rep. Chip Huggins and Barbara Willm with Lexington Medical Center.

“Alex has been a dedicated supporter of the Irmo Chamber and he loves this community. He and his wife, Blair, are raising their boys here and he has invested his time and talent to encourage the success of the Irmo Business Community. We are grateful for his leadership,” said 2021 Irmo Chamber Chairwoman Shelley Woodward.

2021 Award Recipients:

  • Ambassador of the Year | Alex Salmon, The Salmon Allstate Agency and Salmon Photography
  • Diplomat of the Year | Cynthia Giles, Cut Throat Marketing
  • Order of the Okra | Kim Mitchell, Cassell Brothers Heating & Cooling
  • Coffee Talker of the Year | Jonathan Clarke, Lake Murray Event Rentals
  • Non-Profit of the Year | Optimist Club of St. Andrews-Irmo
  • New Business of the Year | Oxi-Fresh Carpet Cleaning
  • Small Business of the Year | Midland Family Chiropractic
  • Large Business of the Year | Steve Padgett’s Honda of Lake Murray

For more information about becoming a partner of the Greater Irmo Chamber, contact Kerry Powers at 803.749.9355 or visit

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