Business Person of the Year

Bank of TR

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Since 1998, the Business Person of the Year Award has recognized the outstanding contributions of business people to the economy and overall progress of the Greater Travelers Rest area.

To be eligible for nomination, the business person must meet the following criteria:

  • Current Greater TR Chamber of Commerce Member;
  • Is involved with a successful business;
  • Has been involved with either the Chamber or other community based organizations;
  • Their work should support our mission: To foster economic development, community renewal, and a unified spirit to help make the Greater Travelers Rest area a more prosperous and beautiful place in which to live and work;
  • Someone who models excellence in everything they do.

An independent panel from a neighboring Chamber of Commerce will review the submitted nominees and select a winner.

Business Person of the Year is awarded at the annual awards banquet.

Nominations for 2022 are Now CLOSED

Questions? Contact Mandy Chapman-Crain, Chamber President at

Past Business Person of the Year Winners

2021Kristin Elliott LaRoyTR Makers Co.
2019Brandon BrownSchneider Tree Care
2018Kathy MooreGreenville Heritage FCU
2017Joyce & Nancy McCarrellThe Café @Willams Hardware
2016Andy O’Mara & Loren FrantSidewall Pizza
2015Kem ThiesenThe Glade
2014Carol LeavittQuick Books Helper
2013James & Valerie RichardsonTR Tribune
2012Dianna Gracely TurnerTR City Administrator
2011Charles HarrisQuick Response
2010Michael BatchelorNorth Greenville Hospital
2009Lance CroweTR Police Chief
2008Jackie PooleIcon Signs
2007Diana KilgoreCompu-Counting Inc.
2006Ken SprouseSprouse Accounting
2005Bruce WhiteBank of Travelers Rest
2004Claude ThiesenT&S Brass & Bronze Works
2003Joy JuddJoyful Creations Hair Salon
2002Danny BatsonClassic Café/Classic Catering
2001Cindy KavanaughGeorge I. Theisen YMCA
2000Rebecca CooperPrisma Health
1999Roy ReynoldsReynolds Insurance/Former Mayor
1998Steve BorklundState Farm Insurance