Cobb Chamber of Commerce

Member Services

Award Winners

Not only does Annual Dinner celebrate the many accomplishments of the year, it also celebrates those individuals who make these achievements possible. Three awards were given from the Cobb Chamber, and the Marietta Daily Journal named the 2016 Citizen of the Year.

2017 Honorees

The 2017 Chairman’s Award was presented to two individuals, John Loud of LOUD Security Systems and Mitch Rhoden of Futren Corporation. This award recognizes outstanding leadership, dedication, commitment, support and enthusiasm to the Cobb Chamber. Loud has supported the Chamber’s advocacy efforts and led the Yellow Team during the 2016 Membership Campaign. Rhoden spearheaded the grand opening ceremony of the Military Family Support Center.

The Mack Henderson Public Service Award was presented to Tommy Allegood, Mayor of Acworth. This award recognizes an individual who embodies the philanthropic legacy of Mack Henderson through outstanding commitment and dedication to building a better quality of life for the citizens of Cobb County. Allegood is currently serving his third unopposed term as mayor and he has shared his talent with many organizations within the county.

The Len Gilbert Award was given to Bruce Lavin of UCB. This award is presented to an outstanding board member who, through his or her leadership, commitment and dedication achieved new heights. Lavin has taken the lead to implement the Cobb Workforce Partnership, the Chamber’s workforce development initiative.

The Marietta Daily Journal presented its prestigious 2016 Cobb County Citizen of the Year Award to Chief Justice of the Georgia Supreme Court Harris Hines. The Marietta Daily Journal has presented this award since 1963 at the Cobb Chamber Annual Dinner.

21 individuals were honored with Campaign Lifetime Achievement Awards, an award given to those with outstanding 2016 Membership Campaign production: 

    Amanda Asher
    Vivian Battershill-Diaz
    Joe Brywczynski
    Mandy Burton
    Kyle Carlyle
    Wayne Dodd
    Rene Dollar
    Nataly Hart
    Secret Holland
    Beverly Huff
    Mary Karras
    Jason Lewis
    John Loud
    Al Martin
    Mark Mathews
    Lisa Olens
    Kim Paris
    Michael Stainback
    Gene Weeks
    Tony Willingham
    Pam Younker

For more information about Annual Dinner, contact Amy Goggins at 770-859-2335 or