Cobb Chamber of Commerce

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Woman of Distinction Award

The Woman of Distinction award will be given annually by Cobb Executive Women at the Cobb Chamber’s Marquee Monday in June to recognize a woman who has demonstrated exceptional leadership through her professional endeavors, community involvement and social responsibility thereby supporting and advancing their community and respective fields.


Nominees must meet the following criteria:

  1. Have not been a previous recipient of the Woman of Distinction Award.
  2. Have a minimum of 5 years history of promoting or supporting women in the workplace, not exclusive to Cobb.
  3. Must currently live or work in Cobb County.
  4. Must be members of the Cobb Chamber of Commerce. 
  5. Must meet the membership qualifications for Cobb Executive Women (CEW). Membership in CEW is not required.
  6. Nominations must come from a CEW member, Chamber member, or community member (no self-nominations).
  7. Current Steering Committee members are not eligible for nomination.

Criteria for CEW Membership:

Membership is open to Cobb Chamber of Commerce members who are executives in or more of the following categories:

  1. Executive Management - Must manage a budget and/or team
  2. Professional Occupations - Licensed Professional such as an M.D., C.P.A., or J.D. as determined and verified by the Professional Board in Georgia for that particular field
  3. Business Owners - Must be registered with the secretary of state and have a valid business license
  4. Professional Occupation wherein employment responsibilities include significant company-wide impact in the areas of sales, marketing and/or substantial financial responsibility and are coupled with significant community contributions as reflected on prospective member’s application
  5. Elected or Appointed Officials

For more information, contact Rebecca Chadwick at 770-859-2368 or

Congratulations to the 2019 Award Winner

Allison Giddens
Congratulations to Allison Giddens, Director of Operations at Win-Tech Inc., for winning the 2019 Woman of Distinction Award!

As Director of Operations at Win-Tech Inc., an aerospace precision machine shop, she has quickly become one of the top women in her field, and leads efforts to raise women up within the manufacturing industry. Recently, Giddens travelled to England as the representative for Georgia Women in Manufacturing to meet with leaders to discuss strategies for recruiting powerful young women for the manufacturing industry.

In addition to supporting women in the workplace, Giddens founded the Dave Krache Foundation in 2012 to honor her father and carry on his commitment to the youth in her community. The non-profit helps pay sports fees for local kids in need. The organization has been able to help nearly 700 metro Atlanta children receive help in the form of new sports equipment, uniforms and sports fees.

Giddens is also actively involved in her local community, and serves on the board of several organizations, including the Women in Manufacturing Board of Directors, Chattahoochee Technical College Foundation Board, Cobb County School District CTAE Advisory Board and the Leadership Cobb Alumni Association Board. She has also been the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions, including the Georgia Manufacturing Alliance’s 2016 Frontline Leadership Award and the August 2016 Georgia Tech MEP Face of Manufacturing. She was named the 2017 Woman of Excellence by Metalforming Magazine, and recognized as the 2018 liveSafe Resources Woman of Achievement. 


Past Winners

Lifetime Achievement Award

Bill Kinney, Marietta Daily Journal  

Glass Ceiling Award

Ed Baker, Atlanta Business Chronicle
Ron Francis, Charter Bank
Gen. Terry Whitnell, Dobbins Air Reserve Base
Don Robertson, The Walker School
Bill Byrne, Cobb County Commission
Eleanor Davis, Crawford & Company
Shelia Buckner, Cobb County Government
Tom Hill, WellStar Health System
Gwynn Ross, Galleria Specialty Mall
Sheila Blake, WellStar Health System
Larry E. Collier, SunTrust Bank
William P. Kane, Dobbins Air Reserve Base
Ron R. Koger, Southern Polytechnic State University
Brent Brown, Chesley Brown International
Dr. Harlon Crimm, Chattahoochee Technical College
Dr. Lisa Rossbacher, Southern Polytechnic State University
Joe Daniell, United Community Bank (ret.)
Fred Bentley, Jr., Bentley, Bentley & Bentley
Bonnie Cole, United Way of Metro Atlanta
Sam Olens, Sam Olens for Attorney General
Jeri Barr, Center for Family Resources
Lisa Crossman, Cobb & Douglas Public Health
Kathy Schwaig, Kennesaw State University


Woman of Distinction Award

Shan Cooper, Lockheed Martin
Judge Mary Staley, Cobb County Superior Court
Dr. Yolanda Graham, Devereux Georgia Treatment Network
Tracy Rathbone, Town Center Community Improvement District
Holly Tuchman, Executive Director of liveSAFE Resources
Allison Giddens, Director of Operations at Win-Tech Inc.