Sharon Scott, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce, was selected as the 2020-21 Executive of the Year by the Virginia Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (VACCE) during their virtual Staff Development Conference held March 4 via Zoom.
The Executive of the Year Award recognizes outstanding performance in the field of Chamber of Commerce management in the Commonwealth of Virginia and is presented to an individual who has exhibited characteristics that make him or her a leader both in their chamber and community. Outstanding achievements; effectiveness in addressing challenges; professionalism; program development and implementation; fiscal management; stature in the community; and other special qualities are considered in the nomination process.
Teresa Hammond, VACCE Chair of the Board and Executive Director of the Alleghany Highlands Chamber of Commerce, presented Dr. Scott with the award.
Dr. Scott began volunteer service with the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce just after the Blacksburg and Christiansburg Chambers merged, starting in 2003. In 2012, she was recognized by the board of directors as the Volunteer of the Year for her heroic efforts in the Chamber’s Program of Work. The next year, she quickly emerged as the best choice for the Chamber’s Executive Director.
Henry Bass, President of Automation Creations, Inc. and Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce 2021 Board Chair shared, “I firmly believe Sharon has been a gift from God, guiding our chamber out of debt, effecting a culture turnaround, establishing our own building, and pivoting our model during COVID-19.”
Dr. Scott currently serves on the VACCE Board of Directors and is the Vice Chair of the Staff Development Conference Committee.