McDONOUGH – The Henry County Chamber of Commerce recognized residents and businesses during its annual community awards event virtually Feb. 17.

“Recognizing community leadership has long been a tradition of the Henry County Chamber of Commerce’s annual event culminating with the installation of board chair,” said Chamber President Joseph Henning. “Although the pandemic has required us to change many operations of the Chamber and its program this past year, recognizing Chamber leaders was something we chose to continue to do.”

“This year,” Henning said, “we are honored to recognize three individuals and one employer who have all represented themselves and Henry County with exemplary leadership and a dedication to improving our community.”

Sharon Ponder was named the Chamber’s 2020 Volunteer of the Year. The award recognizes an individual who has given significantly of his or her time and expertise to the Henry County Chamber of Commerce. From advocating education attainment and increasing communications, this individual continued to take on responsibility until eventually serving as chair of the chamber board of directors.

This year’s public service awardee is retired Sheriff Keith McBrayer for expanding community programs within his own department and volunteering on community boards and committees to expand the department’s role in Henry County. The recipient of the Billy Carter Public Service Award recognizes a public servant who has rendered services and benefits to the community beyond one’s own position.

June Wood, former Board of Commissioners chair, was named 2020 Citizen of the Year. The award recognizes many years of “unselfish service to Henry County.”

Finally, Piedmont Henry Hospital, its leadership, physicians, staff, and volunteers were named Business of the Year for leading through the pandemic, working with the schools to enhance safety protocols and communicating and advocating for Henry County’s residents during the COVID 19 pandemic.

Lincoln Parks, WebMobileFusion CEO, was named as chair of the 2021 board of directors.

For more information about the Henry County Chamber of Commerce, visit

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