Chamber Celebrates 104th Year, Hickam Inducted into Hall of Fame

Andy Dietrich (right), Champion Chevrolet-Cadillac, handed the gavel to Neil Poland, Mullican Flooring as Poland began his term as the Chair of the Johnson City Chamber of Commerce last Friday at the Chamber’s annual membership meeting. PHOTO BY DAVE ONGIE

The Millennium Center served as the venue for the Chamber of Commerce’s 104th Annual Membership Meeting on Friday, Jan. 11. Andy Dietrich, Champion Chevrolet-Cadillac, handed the gavel to Neil Poland, Mullican Flooring.

Each year, a business leader is inducted into the coveted Chamber Hall of Fame. Gary Mabrey, President/CEO of the Chamber, recognized Vince Hickam as this year’s recipient, calling attention to his longstanding leadership of the Chamber’s Foundation and as a Past Chairman of the Chamber Board in 2006.

Mr. Hickam’s theme in 2006 was “Moving Business Forward.” The announcement of the Model Mill as the headquarter location for the Chamber was the capstone of Hickam’s longstanding leadership. Hickam’s wife, Sally, and their daughters Whitney and Kayla, accepted the plaque on his behalf while he recovers from surgery.

Vince Hickam’s daughters Whitney Hickam and Kayla Harrison accepted the Hall of Fame award on their father’s behalf while he continued to recover from a recent surgery. From left, Neil Poland, Andy Dietrich, Kayla Harrison, Whitney Hickam and Gary Mabrey. PHOTO BY DAVE ONGIE

Poland and Dietrich announced that this was a Transition Transformation year at the Chamber with Mabrey’s completion of his career with the Chamber. Poland noted a search is underway.

The Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce officers for the 2019 business year: Neil Poland, Chair – Mullican Flooring, Jennifer Keller, Chair-Elect – Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, Tammy Gorzka, Secretary/Treasurer – KatzAmericas, Andy Dietrich, Immediate Past Chair – Champion Chevrolet-Cadillac, and Gary Mabrey, President/CEO.


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