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Chamber honors five; Reed named Rupp recipient (Audio & video included)

Mike Minnich, Bev Henry, Jim Reed, Mandy Goble, and Jim Donnelly The Logan County Area Chamber of Commerce held its 73rd annual meeting Thursday night at the Huntsville Event Center.

Five special awards were presented, including an inaugural category.

The Richard J. Rupp Leadership Award was presented to Jim Reed.

Reed and his family own Spend-A-Day Marina at Indian Lake. The business was founded by Reed's parents in 1950.

Reed has served our community in many ways. He was the first president of the Indian Lake Development Corporation. He has also served as an Indian Lake Area Chamber of Commerce board member. Reed spearheads the fundraising for the annual fireworks display at Old Field Beach. The Reeds are also longtime members of the Indian Lake Watershed Project and were honored as Watershed Business of the Year in 1997 & 2002. Currently, Jim is chairperson of the Sandy Beach Bridge Project through the Indian Lake Historical Society. His dedication and passion for Logan County reflect the meaning of the Rupp Award.

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Watch Reed accept the award.

Listen to him reflect on the prestigious honor.

Mike Minnich is the Entrepreneur of the Year recipient.

Minnich founded NetGain Information Systems Company in 1995. NetGain is a local firm consistently recognized nationally for its innovating approach to optimizing client IT infrastructures for success by delivering solutions to clients over a NetGain-owned fiber-optic network that spans Ohio and part of Pennsylvania. NetGain’s service to small and medium-sized organizations throughout Ohio has earned several awards including MSPmentor 250 list identifying the World’s Top Managed Services Executives, Entrepreneurs, and Experts in 2012.

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Watch Minnich receive the award.

Listen to his complete interview with Bill Tipple.

The Integrity in Business Award was presented to Mary Rutan Hospital.

The hospital has been in Logan County for 95 years. Mary Rutan has maintained a strong commitment to improve the health, well-being, and quality of life in our community. Continuously improving and developing services to best meet the needs of Logan County has been their ongoing commitment to the community. This commitment has positioned Mary Rutan as one of the state’s leaders in health care safety, quality, and service. MRH continues to be recognized at the national level for quality care, highlighted by their recent designations as a Healthgrades Outstanding Patient Experience Award recipient. Mary Rutan is ranked in the top 10 percent of hospitals nationwide and one of only 18 hospitals in Ohio to be recognized. In addition, they were the only hospital in Logan and surrounding counties to receive an “A” hospital safety score from the Leapfrog Group. The hospital has about 700 employees. President/CEO Mandy Goble accepted the award.

The Ambassador of the Year was given to Bev Henry, who is a real estate professional at HER Realtors. Before that she worked in the banking world for 35 years. Two years ago she joined the Logan County Area Chamber of Commerce and the Ambassadors. She has had the privilege of attending the ribbon cuttings and meeting new businesses in Logan County. She believes that Logan County is growing and many new businesses are filling the empty buildings.

The inaugural Non-Profit Organization of the Year was presented to the United Way of Logan County.

The annual campaign is the largest fundraiser in the county and during the past 10 years has generated $8,000,000 to help support the needs of our families, friends, and neighbors. One in every three residents in the county is touched by the support and contributions that many businesses and residents make annually to the United Way. The organization is managed by Executive Director Jim Donnelly and Office Manager Gina Dyer. A volunteer Board of Trustees with 20 members led by 2013 President Mike Mullins oversees the activities of the organization. The 2013 Campaign Chair is Tara Wagner. Their mission is to facilitate successful agency partnerships that enable a safe, healthy, and caring community.

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Watch Donnelly accept the award and discuss an ambitious campaign.

Retiring board chairperson Ron Zimmerly was praised for his leadership over the last year.

Doug Miller was introduced as Zimmerly's successor.

Chamber President/CEO Paul Benedetti said the economic climate in our county is on the upswing. He said the manufacturing sector has enjoyed a banner year.

Benedetti said the unemployment rate in Logan County has dropped four percent over the last two years.

Retiring board members were recognized for their years of service. They include Peter Stolly, Mike Ray, and John Bodin.

New board members were introduced. They include Darrin Haubert, Wells Fargo; Adam Rammel, Comstor Outdoor; and Darlene Shick, Indian Lake Chamber Liaison.

Lou Vito emceed the event.

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