Catered by Marketplace Grill, Julie’s Sweet Shoppe and Greenbrier’s own Neighborhood Coffee Shop, a meal was served to about 360 Greenbrier Chamber of Commerce members and their guests Friday evening.
The annual banquet is a time to honor special businesses and endeavors by its citizens as voted upon by Chamber members.
Chamber President Audreya Cole made the business presentations to The Neighborhood Coffee Shop for New Business of the Year, to Greenbrier Animal Hospital for Small Business of the Year, to Faulkner County Homebuilders Association for Non-Profit Business of the Year and to Greenbrier Family Clinic for Business of the Year.
Marilyn Battles was given the award for Volunteer of the Year for her work with the Bookcase for Every Child project. Judith McEuen was honored as Citizen of the Year for her work as administrator of the city of Greenbrier that spans almost three decades. Student Emily Chambers was selected as Student of the Year with a 4.0 GPA and her work with multiple organizations within her school and the community.
A surprise award — Spirit of Greenbrier — was given for the first time to BJ McMillen who rose from water boy for Greenbrier’s Junior High football team to assistant coach. Superintendent Scott Spainhour quipped, "He will be the only coach with our teams with lifetime tenure."
Speaker Andy Miller of Southwestern Energy introduced a new video called, "Greenbrier: Live, Learn, Work, Play." It features many things available to a business or resident of Greenbrier and is available for those anticipating a move to Greenbrier.
The unveiling of the cover for the 2014 Greenbrier Directory was done by Marilyn Battles and Judith McEuen who are featured on its cover this year.
The affair was served by Greenbrier High School students of the EAST program.