L-A Metro Chamber announces annual awardees to be honored at Jan. 23 dinner

LEWISTON — The Lewstion Auburn Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce will celebrate the work of community leaders and change makers at its annual awards ceremony, Thursday, Jan. 23, at the Ramada Hotel and Conference Center by Wyndham Lewiston.
The 2020 LA Metro Chamber Annual Award Dinner will celebrate the work of four individuals and one business that have shown pride, leadership, and made advancements in their work.
Award winners are:
Ray Geiger Chamber Champion Award — Robin Robbins of Androscoggin Bank.
The Ray Geiger Award is the highest honor given to a member by the Lewiston Auburn Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce. The award is presented to an individual who has invested a great deal of time, energy, and resources into furthering the LA Metro Chamber’s mission and working toward bettering our communities.
Theresa Samson Women’s Business Leadership Award — Sandy Buchanan of Western Maine Transportation Services.
The Theresa Samson Women’s Business Leadership Award honors a successful woman business owner or primary manager for her business success, career achievements and contributions to the community. Businesses led by women are and will continue to have a noticeable impact on the economy. This annual award helps inspire the continued growth of women leading businesses in our community.
Ken Additon Small Business Advocacy Award — Mark Samson of Dirigo Federal Credit Union.
The Ken Additon Small Business Advocacy Award goes to an individual who has demonstrated commitment to small-business advocacy above and beyond policies that specifically impact their own business or industry and a proven history of volunteer efforts to advance and improve the overall small-business community, as well as success in advocating for pro-small business policies and success and growth as a small-business owner.
Community Service Award — Maureen Andrew of Androscoggin Home Healthcare + Hospice.
The Community Service Award honors outstanding individuals or organizations that give their time and expertise to the community, above and beyond their own field of endeavor, and demonstrate excellence, creativity and initiative in all they do.
Business Leadership Award — Emerson Chevy Buick, accepted by John Emerson.
The award goes to a business, agency, organization, community or non-profit corporation, which has helped invigorate the economic health of the area while also contributing to the social, cultural, intellectual or physical well-being of the L-A region.
“These are individuals and businesses who have worked tirelessly to support our region” said Shanna Cox, president and CEO of the LA Metro Chamber. “The folks who are nominated for these awards are the type of people who aren’t seeking recognition for their work – which is why they deserve to be celebrated.”