Hickman receives Lighthouse Award at Chamber member celebration

Todd Hickman received the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce’s Lighthouse Award during the annual Members Celebration and Awards Ceremony, held at DiFebo’s Bistro on the Green on Oct. 17.

Coastal Point • Maria Counts: Todd Hickman is presented the Lighthouse Award by Dale Bellinger and Kami Banks, during the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce’s Members Celebration and Awards Ceremony, held on Thursday, Oct. 17, at DiFebo’s Bistro on Coastal Point • Maria Counts: Todd Hickman is presented the Lighthouse Award by Dale Bellinger and Kami Banks, during the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce’s Members Celebration and Awards Ceremony, held on Thursday, Oct. 17, at DiFebo’s Bistro on The award winner is chosen by the Chamber’s Board of Directors.

“[The award] recognizes a longtime Chamber member that contributes outstanding leadership and devotion to the Chamber and local community,” explained Kami Banks, acting Chamber director and board president.

“Todd Hickman combines the successful management of a demanding business unit with maintaining a robust schedule of volunteer activities, including the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce, the Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company, Junior Achievement and Boy Scouts of America.”

Hickman has been a member of the Chamber since 2007 and currently serves as vice president and division manager of the Maryland-Delaware coastal division of NV Homes. He is a past president of the Chamber board and served on the board in 2011 and 2012.

“During his tenure, he is credited with developing a strategic focus for the organization and developing several new board members. The current board has since named Todd ‘the voice of reason,’” said Banks, adding that Hickman is an “extremely deserving recipient.”

Those who receive the Lighthouse Award are also presented with a gold handcrafted replica of the Fenwick Island Lighthouse, created and donated by Dale Bellinger of Bellinger’s Jewelers.

Hickman, who is actively involved in the community, said that it was an honor to receive the award.

“Thank you for your confidence and faith in me,” he told fellow Chamber members in receiving the award. “I really do believe in serving the community. I believe my life has been personally enriched by that service to the community, I do believe that.

“The Chamber is a great organization, and what we do for the community today and in the future is instrumental in helping the Quiet Resorts area to continue to be a fantastic place to live, work and raise a family.”

Also on Oct. 17, Chamber member Lisa Daisey of Juicebox was presented with the New Member of the Year Award. The award is given to an individual who joined the Chamber in the current fiscal year and immediately became active in Chamber networking, programs and events.

“Lisa has been a very active member of our community and instrumental in promoting the Quiet Resorts and the wonderful opportunities for life and business here,” said Richard Mais, who presented the award to Daisey.

“In addition to her most recent enterprise, Juicebox, Lisa has been involved in environmental education, kayaking and resort marketing,” he noted. “Lisa is admired by her peers for her handwork, entrepreneurial spirit, her constant strive to work better, not harder, and her ability to connect to her customers.”

The Inspiring Business Award, given to an individual who actively encourages and perpetuates business innovation, freely shares ideas and opinions regarding business issues and is a catalyst for the future of business, was presented to Kyle Morgan of Mercantile Processing.

“This member is always thinking business. Offering high-quality customer service and professionalism are the top of their priorities,” said Banks, who presented the award to Morgan. “He’s always looking for ways to encourage and support his staff and others in professional and personal growth.”

In 2011, Morgan received the Small Business Association’s Young Entrepreneur of the Year award and also started the Young Professionals groups in Ocean City, Md., and Rehoboth Beach.

“As a client, I can attest that this member always takes a proactive approach to save my business money,” added Banks.

The Ambassador of the Year award, given to a member who gives a high quality customer service above and beyond the industry standard, was presented to Kevin McCourt of Cogitation LLC.

“The award recipient is a Quiet Resort shining star,” said Terri Mahoney, who presented the award. “They’re always a class act. They’re always a pleasure.”

Jeff Evans of Great Scott Broadcasting received the Member of the Year award, presented to the Chamber member who has demonstrated the most dedication by his or her involvement in the Chamber throughout the year.

“This member has always been an active part of the Chamber membership and a strong proponent of benefits for being a member. They love the Chamber so much, they even spent some time on staff,” said Jenn Jones, who presented the award. She added that Evans was chosen for his dedication and participation in the Chamber.

During the ceremony, the Cottage Café received the Community Spirit Award for demonstrating an “exemplary commitment to the community, above and beyond its business contributions throughout the year.”

Bear Trap Dunes Golf Club was presented with the Best in Business Award.

Jackie Inman of Bethany Beach Books, who also serves on the Quiet Resorts Charitable Foundation’s Board, was presented with a check for the QRCF for $2,483, following a successful Bethany Beach Boardwalk Arts Festival.

During the event, the 2013-2014 Board of Directors — Kami Banks of Banks Wine & Spirits, Richard Mais of McCabe’s Gourmet Market, Anne Powell of Ocean Atlantic Sotheby’s International Realty, Jennifer Jones of the Center for the Inland Bays and Ron Derr of PKS & Company P.A. — was sworn in.

Banks, who was sworn in as the Chamber board president, said she was honored to be selected for the board.

“I’m eager to dedicate my time and effort over the next year to the Chamber’s continued success. The accomplishments of our Chamber depend upon the quality relationships built upon our members, staff board of directors and community,” she said. “We have an opportunity this year to create new initiatives and add even more creativity to our events and play the lead role in some exciting economic achievements for our towns and membership.”

Banks commended the Chamber’s staff for helping make the Chamber what it is.

“I believe we have already taken some important steps with the hiring of our current staff,” she said. “Our staff’s energy and dedication to the Chamber and our community is outstanding.”

Over the next year, Banks said, she plans to create new partnerships among members and to continue to support the community while also allowing members’ businesses to prosper and grow.

“The Chamber’s impact in the local business community has never been more important than now,” she said. “I anticipate in having a large role in high-level conversations throughout the county, dealing with important issues, such as the expansion of Route 26, new healthcare initiatives and assisting our partners to sustain year-round business. My goal at the Chamber is to take the lead role in handling these issues.”

She added that she’s excited to see where the Chamber goes in the next year.

“The Bethany-Fenwick Chamber is all about our members. You and your business are the constant that keeps us going, and our staff keeps our momentum going and moving forward,” she said. “We have a lot to be excited about, and I am happy to lead us on the journey together.”