Mullins Chamber names MCHF Business of the Year

MULLINS, S.C. – Members of the Mullins Greater Chamber of Commerce celebrated another year of activity with their annual meeting at the Academy for Careers and Technology.
Frank Jones passed the ceremonial gavel to Luke Gasque, while presentations were made by Mullins Mayor William “Bo” McMillan and Nichols Mayor Lawson Battle for City Employee of the Year.
Jones said having a good board of directors makes the job easy and appreciate the efforts of all involved. He also thanked his wife for the support since taking on the task two years ago. “My wife is that strength,” he said of public service.
Neal Fairbanks was given the Community Service Award for his efforts over years serving with Marion County Progress, Marion County Library System, teaching Sunday School and local school board.
“I certainly don’t seek recognition,” Fairbanks said. “I thank you and just try to make Mullins a little better in my own way. There are some good people in this community … if we all try to do a little each day then we can achieve much.”
Guest speakers for the event were Conway Planning Director Adam Emrick and Hilary Howard, director of Conway Downtown Alive.
Business of the Year was awarded to the Marion County Healthcare Foundation. Industry of the Year was presented to Bill Jennings, operations executive at Sopakco Inc . “It was just amazing and we’re proud to be in Mullins,” he said.
MCHF Director Mary Dunbar said she was proud of the award. “We’re just honored to be a part of the community and to be able to help in the areas of healthcare, education and economic development to make Marion County a better place to be,” she said.
Gasque said he looks forward to a successful year. Upcoming events include the annual Legislative Breakfast on Feb. 29 at Mullins First Baptist Church.