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Bentley named business person of the year

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James Spears & Judd Nave
Lee Oliver
Linda Spencer
Snow White Drive-In
Chip Vanatta
William Porter, City of Lebanon Parks & Recreation
Lebanon / Wilson County Public Library
Lee Oliver of Zaxby's
Robert Dedman
Judy Cox
Sue Vanatta

The Lebanon/Wilson Chamber of Commerce Banquet was held Thursday night at The Capitol Theatre in Lebanon.

It was a time of transition for the Chamber as they welcomed incoming President Melanie Minter and new Chairman of the Board John Bradshaw.

Vanatta served on the Chamber's Membership Committee when she was appointed to the role of CEO 23 years ago. During her career she was instrumental in the Leadership Wilson Charter Class of 1994 and in building the Lebanon Community Playground.

In an earlier interview 2014 Chairman of the Board John Bryan expressed the lasting impact that Vanatta has had on the chamber. "Sue has grown up being our Chamber President. She molded the position into something unique," he said.

Other awards and recognitions include: Volunteer of the Year - Judy Cox; Retailer of the Year - Zaxby's, Lee Oliver; Industrialist of the Year - James Spears, Nashville Wire; Businessperson of the Year - Mackey Bentley; Corporate Friend of Education - Amazon; Friend of Education - Wilson County Library; Distinguished Alumni - Robert Dedman; Tapped by Tourism - Snow White Drive-in; Ambassador of the Year - Linda Spencer; Public Servant Award - Chip Vanatta; The Lebanon/Wilson Sports Council Award - City of Lebanon Parks & Recreation.
Cedar Tree Awards were: Best new professional or commercial building completed this year - Serenity Dental; Best Structure converted to a commercial use or significant structural addition - Wilson County Hyundai; Best improvement of land usage to enhance the area's aesthetic or quality of life - Veterans Memorial Park; Best restoration or preservation of historic site - Clemons Property; Special Awards - Baker's School of Aeronautics, Watertown High School and Bank Tennessee.

The Chamber also hosted an unveiling for the latest Lebanon Wilson County Chamber Directory magazine, produced by Main Street Media of Tennessee, earlier this week at the Capitol.

The magazine, available at the Chamber, includes stories and facts about Wilson County, including features on Sue Vanatta, the Cumberland Culinary Center, Amazon, the Lebanon Municipal Airport, Tourism Director Terri Merryman, Wilson County Director of Schools Dr. Donna Wright and more.

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