From a list of nominees, finalists for the 2015 Zachary Chamber of Commerce Membership Awards have been voted upon.
Culled from applications submitted by the businesses themselves or from others throughout the community, the finalists were selected by fellow Chamber members.
One winner from each category will be awarded at the annual Chamber banquet slated for Oct. 15 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church.
Small, Mid-sized and Large Business of the Year awards will be presented to the three companies with significant business and community achievements during the past year.
Small Business of the Year: Banners & Signs by Design or Castello Agency
Mid-Size Business of the Year: Complete Collision Center or Sammy’s Grill
Large Business of the Year: DEMCO or Zachary Community Schools.
The company earning the New Business of the Year award opened a Zachary location during the past year, has contributed significantly to the community and had a remarkable first year of operation: Kastle Kakes or Premier Produce.
The Business Person of the Year award will presented to the person who has earned extremely remarkable or memorable business achievements during the past year and had a positive impact on Zachary: Patrick Campbell or Danette Castello.
The award for Volunteer of the Year is given to a man or woman who has gone above and beyond by devoting personal time and significant efforts toward charitable works benefiting the Zachary community: Mary Landry or Theresa Payment.
The Hall of Distinction designations are bestowed upon those whose lives and careers have embodied the core values of the Zachary Chamber of Commerce, which include community, excellence, faith and family. Both finalists will be awarded the honor.
Hall of Distinction: Ed Canning and Johnny Letard.
Honorable mentions: Americana, Antiques at the Crossroads, Brad Chaney, John Chaney, The Chocolate Café, Copper Mill Golf Course, Details & Rentals by Bueche, ExxonMobil, Gary Blanchard Jewelers, Georgia Pacific, Guaranty Bank, Terrie Lundy Johnson, Kleinpeter Physical Therapy, Landmark Bank, Maison Greige, MedComp Sciences, MIS, Technology Group, Moreau Physical Therapy, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Persnickety, Quality Tire & Car Care, The Ruby Salon, Spencer Media Solutions, David Thornton and TigerBytes IT Solutions.
This year, the Chamber banquet will feature Jeffrey Marx, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of “The Long Snapper,” as the guest speaker. Gordy Rush, of Guaranty Broadcasting, will emcee the event and provide commentary throughout the evening.
The banquet begins with a social hour from 5:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m., followed by dinner and the program. A silent auction, catered meal and beer, cocktails and wine will be featured.
Tickets are $50 per person, $375 for a table of eight or $450 for a table of 10 and can be purchased by visiting zacharychamber.com or calling the Chamber at (225) 654-6777.