Annual Business Awards

The Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce presented its Annual Business Awards at the 111th Annual Meeting & Gala on May 16 at the Chattahoochee Country Club in Gainesville.  Some 500 Chamber members and guests attended.  The program and awards were presented by Chamber Chair Carol Burrell, Northeast Georgia Health System, Chair Elect Brian Rochester, Rochester & Associates, and Kit Dunlap, Chamber President and CEO.

2018-2019 Annual Business Awards:

Small Business of the Year:  M & R Equipment Rental & Sales

Small Business of the Year:  BGW Dental Group

Family Business of the Year:  Riverside Pharmacy

Family Business of the Year:  WDUN

Community Service Award:  Lanier Technical College / Dr. Ray Perren

Distinguished Citizen Award:  Congressman Doug Collins

W.G. Mealor Chairman’s Award:  Andi Farmer (Milton Martin Honda)

Chamber Chair Carol Burrell’s theme for 2018-2019 is “Be Better Tomorrow Than You Are Today,” and this statement has proven true as her leadership forged the Greater Hall Chamber into one of its most successful years in its 111 year history.  From urban living and infrastructure to increased public art and the pursuit of building a world class workforce, the Chamber is continuing to make Gainesville-Hall County the best place to live, work and play.

Greater Hall Chamber President & CEO Kit Dunlap stated “As President & CEO of Northeast Georgia Health System, Carol Burrell continues to play a vital role in making our community a leader in healthcare in the region and state.  As Chamber Chair, she has provided the insight, intellect and passion to direct the Greater Hall Chamber to continue in its role as the Voice of Business in Gainesville-Hall County.

Brian Rochester officially takes over the position as Chairman of the Board on July 1, 2019.

Brian Rochester is Principal and Executive Vice President for Rochester & Associates, Inc. Brian coordinates multiple teams within the company including Development Consulting, Due Diligence, Planning and Master Infrastructure Design. He is responsible for client development and coordination of highly visible projects of the firm, including infrastructure for large master planned communities and municipal projects, such as the new Lanier Technical College campus, State Route 365 Sewer expansion, Margaritaville at Lanier Islands, Road Atlanta, Sterling on the Lake, and the new Kubota Manufacturing of America campus. Brian served for three consecutive years as Chairman of the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Council.

Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce Officers for 2019-2020 include:


Brian Rochester, Rochester & Associates



Geoff Lee, Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta



Glennis Barnes, Georgia Power


Vice Chair, Economic Development

David Lee, Jackson EMC


Vice Chair, Education

Andi Farmer, Milton Martin Honda

Co-Vice Chair, Education

   Tate O’Rouke, Jackson EMC                                    


Vice Chair, Government Affairs

Philip Wilheit, Jr., Wilheit Packaging


Vice Chair, Marketing

Missy Burgess, Lanier Islands


Vice Chair, Membership

Brett Fowler, Turner, Wood & Smith

Co-Vice Chair, Membership

Phil Bonelli, Regions Bank       


Vice Chair, South Hall Council

Terry Merck, American Yazaki


Vice Chair, Community Development

Caroline Lewallen, Jaemor Farms


Co-Chairs, HALLmark 2015-2020

Paul Chambers, AT&T

Mimi Collins, Longstreet Clinic

Randall Frost, Stewart, Melvin & Frost


Chair, Vision 2030

Phillippa Lewis Moss

Community Service Center

Executive Director, Vision 2030

Elizabeth Higgins


Senior Advisor

Brian Daniel

Carroll Daniel Construction Company


Immediate Past Chair

Carol Burrell

Northeast Georgia Health System


Greater Hall Chamber

President & CEO

Kit Dunlap