Smith Mountain Lake businesses and leaders honored at annual awards dinner

Smith Mountain Lake businesses and leaders honored at annual awards dinner

SMITH MOUNTAIN LAKE, Virginia – Outstanding area businesses and community advocates were honored at the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce’s annual awards dinner on March 21 at Mariners Landing  Resort and Conference Center.

“This yearly gathering, which honors our outstanding leaders, supporters, Chamber staff, directors, ambassadors, and volunteers, is among our most cherished occasions, said SMLRCC Executive Director Andy Bruns.  Their dedication and hard work not only elevate our organization but also enrich the fabric of our community. We are deeply grateful for their ongoing support and commitment.”

The winners were:

Outstanding SMLRCC Ambassador: SML Virtual Assistant Services by Tina

Outstanding Tourism Advocate: SML Insiders’ Guide

  • Also nominated: Mariners Landing / Bridgewater Marina & Boat Rentals / Drifter’s / SML Coffee Shop

Outstanding Business: Jo & Co. Jewelers

  • Also nominated: JBohnBishop Mercantile / Kheystone Legal Group / Mariners Landing / Ridge View Bank

Outstanding Professional Service: Anchor Title SML, LLC

  • Also nominated: Kehystone Legal Group / Ridge View Bank / SML Virtual Assistant Services by Tina / Susan Balderson, State Farm

Outstanding Non-Profit: Lake Christian Ministries

  • Also nominated: American Legion Post 62 SML /  EastLake Community Church / Hook Lines & Songers / Smith Mountain Arts Council

Outstanding Community Champion: Tim Reith, Hook, Lines & Singers

  • Also nominated: Julia Darling of Savvy Promos / Todd Hammock of Ridge View Bank / Waller Perrow of Mariners Landing  /  Lynette Webb of Mulch ‘N More!

Sponsors for the evening were Four Seasons Pest Control, Rapid Imagery, Backdrop Bedford, Antonina’s Floral Design, Atlantic Bay Mortgage Group and SML Virtual Assistant Services by Tina.


Caption: SML Regional Chamber of Commerce award recipients, front row from left, Joanna Gruver, Jo & Co. Jewelers; Jane Winters, Lake Christian Ministries; Tina Johnson, SML Virtual Assistant Service by Tina; Andie Gibson, Smith Mountain Lake Insiders’ Guide. Back row, from left: Theresa Bailey and Jessica Foy, Anchor Title SML and Tim Reith, Hook, Lines and Singers; Miranda Mitchell, Drifter’s, who accepted recognition for outgoing Board Chairman Ryan Walters. Photo courtesy of Casey Johnson.

About Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce

The SMLRCC is dedicated to promoting tourism and growing business for its members and the community. As a member-driven organization with nearly 750 members, the SMLRCC provides information, advocacy, and support to the lake’s growing business community. SMLRCC’s goal is to strengthen the social and economic environment of the region. Visit online at