Clarksville, TN – The Clarksville Area Chamber of Commerce recognized five award winners at its 2016 Annual Membership Dinner and Gala on Thursday, June 23rd. Chamber Chairman Tommy Bates and Membership Chairman Brandi Bryant presented the following awards.The Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Ted Crozier, Sr. Crozier retired as Colonel in 1977 from the U.S. Army, where he was the first commander of the 101st Airborne Division Combat Aviation Brigade and the first aviator to serve as chief of staff for the 101st Airborne Division.
Crozier was elected to Mayor of Clarksville in 1978, a position he held for eight years.
Austin Peay State University President Dr. Alisa White received the Community Commitment Award.
Dr. White became the tenth president of Austin Peay in 2014. Austin Peay serves more than 10,000 students, has a $120 million operating budget, and is a national leader in student success initiatives.
Dr. White is a board member of the Two Rivers Corporation, ASPIRE Foundation, the Clarksville-Montgomery County Economic Development Council, Industrial Development Board, and the Clarksville-Montgomery County Literacy Council.
She has an undergraduate degree in business, a master’s degree in library and information science and a Ph.D. in mass communication.
This award honors military veterans who, through their professional and personal efforts, are making a positive impact throughout the business community. The inaugural Boots to Suits award was presented to David Berggren. Berggren owns three furniture stores in Clarksville, including Ashley HomeStore, plus a 60,000 sq.-ft. distribution center.
The 2016 Ambassador of the year recipient was Vicki Henson. Henson is a branch manager at Legends Bank and graduated locally from Northeast High School. In addition to her role with the Chamber, she serves on the board of directors for Tabernacle Christian School and is a member of Spring Creek Baptist Church.
Cheryl Moss, portfolio manager at Legends Bank, received the 2016 Clarksville Young Professional award. Prior to joining Legends, Moss served in the U.S. Air Force for four years, then earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from Austin Peay State University and a Master of Accountancy from Belmont University.
She serves in various local charities and organizations including the United Way budget and allocations committee, Customs House Museum Guild member, TnAchieves mentor and ArtLink board member.
About the Chamber of Commerce
The Chamber of Commerce was established in 1905 to represent the interests of the business community and its membership by advancing community development, promoting the business and economic environment, and improving the welfare of the community by enhancing the quality of life in the region.