The Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce presented their annual awards at the 2019 Winter Gala on January 26, 2019. The following local business leaders were recognized:
2018 Community Spirit Award Winner
Matthew Sharpe, Cameron Manufacturing
Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce Board Chair Amanda Smith-Socaris, NY Senator Tom O'Mara, 2018 Community Spirit Award Winner Matthew Sharpe, and U.S. Representative Tom Reed
On top of his professional obligations, Matt has dedicated his time to an impressive list of projects and organizations - most of which are supportive of the youth of the community. He currently volunteers for Wreaths Across America, Glove House, Inc., Horseheads Central School District, Elmira STEM Academy and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Matt is also a new board member for the Chamber. He serves on the Government Affairs Committee, is an active member of the iLead program, and will be the chair of the Business Education Committee for 2019.
2018 Leader in Business Award
Grist Iron Brewing LLC
Owners: Bill and Michele Allington, Scott and Darlene Barber, Alex and Danielle Brown
Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce Board Chair Amanda Smith-Socaris, NY Senator Tom O'Mara, 2018 Leader in Business Award Winner Bill Allington (Grist Iron Brewing), and U.S. Representative Tom Reed
The Grist Iron Brewing team makes it their priority to create and maintain an outstanding atmosphere for their employees and their customers alike. Their goal is to produce the highest quality beer possible and get it into the hands of as many people as they can. They're proud to call the Finger Lakes home, and of the natural beauty and momentum that characterize the beer and tourism industries in the region. The Grist Iron owners say, "We aim to treat every day like we're hosting the coolest party on the block," and anyone who's enjoyed a pint or two with them can confirm that they're pulling it off.