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July 19--  Bill Mitchell started volunteering with the Chamber of Commerce when he worked for Oxford Industries in Vidalia.  In 1999 he became the President of the Toombs-Montgomery Chamber of Commerce and Thursday night he was named the Chamber Executive of the Year by the Georgia Association of Chamber of Commerce Executive Directors.

The association's chairperson, Candace Boothby of Newnan, says Mitchell's record speaks for itself.

"Bill is one of our seasoned veterans and professionals in the chamber industry.  He's had a long career of being a leader by example and is being recognized for just being one of our stellar chamber executives," she said.

{mosimage}(L-R) Candace Boothby, Bill Mitchell and Fred Boscarino, President of the Conyers-Rockdale Chamber of Commerce and the 2012 recipient of the association's top award.

The local chamber board chairwoman, Susan Taylor, echoes Boothby's remarks and says, "I feel that Bill is a very hands-on person and he stays real involved.  He's been a presence in our community from the very beginning and I think that makes a big difference when you're in that position."

And for his part, Bill takes little of the credit for the honor, "I'll tell you what I told the folks at the awards ceremony.  Our community deserves this.  Not me, but our community.  Our staff at the chamber, our volunteers, our board, our elected officials, we've got a trail of absolutely great things happening over the past few years and I attribute that to everything that our community does."