Lee Perryman, director of broadcast technology for the Associated Press based in Washington, will share about Sylacauga’s history and his thoughts on moving the city forward, Chamber director Carol Bates said.
“It’s important for us to get together once a year and celebrate our members and each other,” Bates said. “We have a lot to be thankful for in these hard times, and what better way to celebrate than to have Lee Perryman, who was born and raised here and does nothing but promote the city of Sylacauga across the world.”
Perryman started his media career in radio while a sophomore at Sylacauga High School and soon after graduating from the University of Alabama began work with the AP. For more than 20 years, his primary focus has been technology projects, and his teams in Washington and London create, sell, install and support the news production systems used by most of the world’s broadcast networks and television stations.
Perryman is also an amateur real estate investor in Talladega and Jefferson counties. Committed to his roots in Sylacauga, he purchased the radio station where he got his start in 2012, completely rebuilding what is now WYEA AM, and expects to launch a new companion FM station this year.
“He’s a local guy who has accomplished so much and done so much to support the city and the Chamber, especially,” Bates said. “The things he is doing around the community are just wonderful.”
The Oct. 24 banquet will start at 6 p.m. at J. Craig Smith Community Center with dinner catered by Hickory Street Café at 6:30 p.m. Tickets, available at the Chamber, are $30 each or reserve a table of eight for $250.
The theme of the evening is “Love Where You Live,” a relatively new Chamber motto. The usual awards will be presented, as well as some surprise awards, Bates said, and 2014 board members will be announced. Also, the Chamber’s new “Sylacauga Emerging” logo will officially be unveiled, and copies of the new Chamber of Commerce magazine will be available.
Award nominees, voted on by Chamber members, are as follows:
O Rod Emlich Outstanding New Business – Upsidaisy Resale Boutique, Fincher’s Restaurant, Lee Marketing Group
O George W. Carr Outstanding Established Business – Allen Oil Company, American Legion Post #45, Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen
O Industry of the Year – AmeriBolt, Inc., Action Environmental, American Foam Cast
O Chamber Champion Christmas parade grand marshal – Curtis & Son Funeral Home, Nemak of Alabama, Tropeano Orthopedic Sports Medicine, Walmart, SouthFirst Bank, Southern States Bank
Tickets are limited and should be purchased by Oct. 21 before 5 p.m.
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