The Conway Area Chamber of Commerce will recognize the achievements of minority entrepreneurs and business leaders as well as a minority-owned local business during its annual Minority Enterprise Development (MED) awards at 6 p.m. Oct. 23 in the Brewer-Hegeman Conference Center at the University of Central Arkansas.
Ken Patel, who recently retired as president of Conway Management Inc., will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award during the event.
Patel moved to Conway in 1982 after buying his first hotel, the Continental Inn on Harkrider St. He founded Conway Management Inc., a privately-owned investment company specializing in hotel ownership, management and consulting, more than 30 years ago.
Another honoree, Jimmy Warren, was formerly the chamber’s director of membership development before becoming program coordinator of Pulaski County Youth Services.
Warren will receive the 2018 Outstanding Young Minority Professional award. The 32-year-old said he had mixed feelings about the recognition.
“While I am appreciative for receiving the young minority professional of the year award, I understand that there is still a great opportunity for women and under represented minorities to flourish. I will continue to use my voice to echo their issues and highlight the diverse community of Conway,” he said. “I truly believe we live in the best city. If we can continue to work together and bring all to the table, we will be on the path to the greatest city.”
Chamber officials selected TreeHouse Cleaning, LLC as the Outstanding Minority Business of the Year. The business, which is owned by Teneicia Roundtree, offers cleaning services for residential and commercial properties throughout central Arkansas.
UCA’s Angela Webster will receive the Advocate for Opportunity award for 2018.
Tickets are $50 and available through the event link at www.conwaychamber.org or by contacting Therese Williams, director of events for the chamber, at 501-932-5411 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Attendees will enjoy an awards ceremony, heavy hors d'oeuvres, and words from award winning actress, Rita Moreno, followed by a public lecture held in Reynolds Performance Hall after the reception,” Williams said in a news release. “The Conway Area Chamber of Commerce established the MED committee to foster growth and sustainability of minority businesses and as a way to recognize minority businesses and their supporters.”