Annual Award Winners

 



 


 


 

 

 

 

2021 Annual Awards were presented at the Chatham Chamber's Annual Meeting.  The following award recipients were honored for their accomplishments and the impact they've had on the Chatham County community.

 

 

Small Business of the Year (sponsored by Truist)


Belle Fleur Design, owned by Randi Markowitz, is a graphic design company located in Pittsboro, NC. Randi is a super-talented one-woman graphic designer and photographer. She has helped numerous businesses create design instruments that represent her clients' needs, values, and personalities beautifully and elegantly. 


Randi is enthusiastic about everything she does and receives many accolades for the results that she delivers--on time and budget. She is a terrific designer and a true collaborator in every sense of the word. Randi is imaginative and that shines through in her creativity and ability to tackle even the most difficult of brand management challenges. One of her client’s raves: "Randi did a wonderful job designing our new logo. After getting to know our work, she presented amazing style and color options that feel true to our company brand. I tell everyone she is a branding genius!". 


Belle Fleur Design has been doing marketing for one of Chatham County’s Construction business since 2011. The owners are thrilled with the significant impact that Randi Markowitz has had on their business. According to them, Randi’s efforts have secured them with a significant number of closed contracts. They contribute much of their success to her. She has also helped one of the owner’s real estate business increase their sales year after year.


 

Randi Martinez is one of a kind. She has a strong commitment to perfection and is dedicated to customer service. She gives back to the local community. Over the past several years she has donated much of her time and expertise to the Chatham County Arts Council, Inc. (and other nonprofit organizations) through in-kind donations of graphic design work. 


Distinguished Business Person of the Year (sponsored by Fidelity Bank)

 

Taylor Hobbs serves as the current president and owner of Hobbs Architects. He and his father co-founded the firm 16 years ago. Under his leadership, the firm has grown from a team of three to a firm of 8 employees, half of whom are women in a field traditionally dominated by men. As a sign of Taylor's commitment to community outreach and the betterment of Chatham County, he volunteers as a board member for the Chatham Arts Council and the Chatham County Economic Development Corporation and serves on the design committee for Main Street Pittsboro. 


 

His work is masterfully displayed throughout Chatham County. He has worked diligently to preserve Chatham County's architectural heritage by renovating historic buildings with new life, while also contributing to a lineage of contemporary buildings throughout the County. His philosophy of superior design is married with local history, culture, and the environment,  As part of the Hobbs Architects team of designers, Taylor Hobbs has been involved in the SoCo, Pittsboro Town Hall, Chatham County Agriculture and Conference Center, the UNC Farm at Penny Lane, Siler City Town Hall, Chatham County Council on Aging, The Historic Chatham County Court House, CCCC, and Northwood High School projects.


Young Professional of the Year (sponsored by Mountaire Farms)

 

Laurie Lynch demonstrates creativity, innovation, and professionalism in her current role, has strong leadership skills, and is committed to succeed in all her endeavors. She has dedicated her time in furthering her education and career advancement. She was nominated as Chatham Magazine's Reader’s Favorite real estate agent in 2019, 2020 & 2021 and was a top producer for Chatham Homes Realty in 2020. 


In 2020, she completed the broker in charge course & became BIC eligible, earned designations for Graduate Realtor Institute, e-Pro, Pricing Strategy Advisor, At Home with Diversity, and Workforce Housing Specialist, which allows for a $1,000 grant to go to first responders including firefighters, law enforcement, EMS, healthcare, and teachers and non-profits who are eligible.


Laurie Lynch has lived in Chatham since she was 5 years old. She worked at SECU for 17 years where she developed a comprehensive understanding of the financial industry including mortgage lending. She obtained her real estate license in November 2017 but chose to complete all of her post licensing directly after and did not start actively working at Chatham Homes Realty until March 2018. 


With her beaming personality, Laurie makes everyone around her feel comfortable She goes above and beyond whether her interaction is of personal or business nature. Her spirit is that of a giving nature. Not only does she balance being a realtor, broker, and a dedicated mom and wife...she volunteers to help in community efforts such as, Meals on Wheels for our senior community, Parade of Homes, SummerFest, Salvation Army, Jamie’s Vision, CORA Food Pantry, Chamber events and Pittsboro Holly Days.  Laurie Lynch is truly a role model for other young professionals. 


Citizenship & Service Award (sponsored by Duke Energy)

 

Katie Walker serves as a Senior VP & Market Executive for Fidelity Bank and is invested in growing Fidelity’s new Pittsboro location. Katie treats her team equally,  always wanting the TEAM to win and does not look for individual recognition.


Ms. Walker’s community spirit sets her apart. She always supports local businesses and our neighbors. She played a vital part of ensuring that many Chatham businesses weathered through COVID-19 in 2020. She led her team through 12-hour days, often well into the night, to make sure our business leaders received their loans to keep their businesses open.


Katie is the current President of the Pittsboro Rotary Club and has led community projects from school supply drives to Northwood High School scholarship fundraisers to Meals on Wheels deliveries. Her dedication, reliability, loyalty, and community drive make her an excellent candidate for the Citizenship & Service Award.


Walker is a UNC Chapel Hill graduate. She juggles being the mom of 2 boys along with all the community groups she is involved in. Family time with her extended family is very important to her. She is always on the go and is well known in the community for all of her achievements and her dedication to the community.


Chamber Board Leadership Award (sponsored by Indira Everett of Duke Energy)

 

Mark Hall is the Chatham - Provost for Central Carolina Community College.  He has served on the Chamber Board of Directors for the past 5 years and is the current Public Policy Committee Chair. 


Chamber Ambassador of the Year (sponsored by the Chatham Chamber)

 

Malinda Marsh has been a Chamber Ambassador for 14 months. From her first day as an ambassador, she hit the ground running, always volunteering for one thing or the other.  She is natured to serve and thoroughly enjoys helping out in any capacity. She often works or collaborates on her own time to be of service to others.  She has been a goodwill arm of the Chamber and a great addition to the ambassador team. She seeks out opportunities to tell people about the Chamber and helps promotes events and services. She is thoughtful, motivated, professional, and relatable. 


Malinda is employed as the NCWorks Center Coordinator. NCWorks connects residents with potential employers and businesses in the state with the candidates they’re looking for, so all of North Carolina can prosper. They offer support with everything from pulling together a resume and finding the right training opportunities to prepping jobseekers for interviews. 


Ms. Marsh has extensive experience providing business services to promote workforce development. She has served diverse populations for several years providing business, employment and training services in Orange, Chatham and surrounding counties. 

 

Malinda enjoys networking, event planning, career counseling, life coaching, sports, reading, music and shopping.  What she enjoys most though is helping others to reach their goals.  She is a great asset to the Chatham County community, workforce and the Chatham Chamber.