The Henderson County Chamber presents Chuck McGrady with a Lifetime Service Award

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The Henderson County Chamber of Commerce honored the former U.S. Congressman Chuck McGrady with the G. Ray Cantrell Lifetime Service Award on Jan. 25 at the chamber’s annual awards banquet in Blue Ridge Community College’s conference room.

McGrady served on the Flat Rock Village Board (1997-2001), the Henderson County Board of Commissioners (2004-2010), and the U.S. House of Representatives (2011-2020).

Chuck McGrady, center, poses with Henderson County Chamber of Commerce member Ragan Ward, left, and Bob Williford on Jan. 25 at the chamber's awards banquet at Blue Ridge Community College.  McGrady received the G. Ray Cantrell Lifetime Service Award.

Chuck McGrady, center, poses with Henderson County Chamber of Commerce member Ragan Ward, left, and Bob Williford on Jan. 25 at the chamber’s awards banquet at Blue Ridge Community College. McGrady received the G. Ray Cantrell Lifetime Service Award.

On Jan. 29, as he contemplated receiving a lifetime service award, McGrady told the Times-News: “I’ve had a good career.” The award is named after Cantrell, who was a former president of the Henderson County Chamber of Commerce. He died in 2014 at the age of 84.

McGrady said he knew and worked with Cantrell when McGrady began his career in public policy.

“Knowing him and some of the previous award recipients, including Jeff Miller, Bud Hunter and Jeff Egolf, receiving this award provides a good ending to my service in Henderson County and western North Carolina,” McGrady said.

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Randy Hunter, business leader and longtime auto dealership owner, introduced McGrady.

“The list of recipients between 1996-2022 reads like a list of Henderson County leaders, reflecting the quality of individuals who have shaped and guided our community,” Hunter said. “Chuck’s journey in public service began decades ago and was marked by an unwavering commitment to improving the lives of the people he served. His time as a public servant was not just a job, it was a calling and a mission to make positive change and build a better future for all.”

Below are the names of other chamber award winners:

Duke Energy Citizenship Award: Carrie O’Kane, Mayor of Laurel Park

First Citizens Bank Award for Amazing Customer Service: Advent Health Hendersonville

Industry Man of the Year: Stan Cooper, first plant manager for Sierra Nevada Brewing Company in Mills River

Education Champion Award: Henderson County Board of Commissioners Chairwoman Rebecca McCall

Camp Industry Leadership Award: Dave McGlashan, owner of Adventure Treks

Ambassador of the year: Cheyenne Matthews of AllChoice Insurance

Environmental Sustainability Award: Blue Ridge Community College

2023 Small Business Leader of the Year Award: Champion Comfort Experts

Nonprofit Organization of the Year: Veterans Healing Farm, founded in 2013 by John and Nicole Mahshey

Top 4 under 40

  • Business owner/entrepreneur: Mark Russell of Southern Alarm & Security

  • education: Sarah Swansea

  • Nonprofit: Lauren Wilkie, CEO of Safelight

  • Rising star: Anderson Ellis

This article originally appeared on the Hendersonville Times-News website: Former Congressman McGrady honored by Chamber of Commerce

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