Businessmen honored

October 04, 2002|by TARA REILLY

Four Washington County businessmen received awards Thursday night for their achievements and services at the Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce's 83rd Annual Meeting.

The award winners were: Charles G. Sekula, recipient of the Chamber Distinguished Community Service Award; Richard L. Reichenbaugh, who received the Chamber Small Business Person of the Year Award; Michael Brashears, who received the Chamber Business Person of the Year Award; and Harry T. Reynolds, recipient of the Business Volunteer of the Year Award.

About 335 people attended the event at the Four Points Sheraton, Chamber President Fred K. Teeter Jr. said.

It took about six months to organize the meeting, which is held to recognize outstanding members of the business community, Teeter said.


Sekula, owner of the Schmankerl Stube Bavarian Restaurant in Hagerstown, was honored for his years of community service, which helped improve the area's quality of life, according to the Chamber.

Sekula, a former Chamber director, created "Augustoberfest" and "60's Under the Stars." He is a former Chamber Small Business Person of the Year, Chamber Business Volunteer of the Year and recipient of the At Your Service Award, which was presented last March during the Washington County Business Awards Banquet.

Reichenbaugh, vice president and principal of Associated Engineering Services Inc., is a former Chamber vice chairman and committee chairman. He recently co-chaired the Chamber's first "Elvis Lives in Hagerstown" festival, which drew nearly 1,000 people, according to a written statement.

Reichenbaugh is a civil engineer and surveyor whose company has expanded 55 percent over the last five years.

Brashears is chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Brethren Mutual Insurance Company, which was formed in 1897. The company serves more than 300 independent agencies that insure clients in Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

Brashears coaches youth soccer, baseball and basketball. In 1995, he was honored as Maryland's Amateur Coach of the Year. He is a member of the Washington County Sports Hall of Fame.

Reynolds, recipient of the Chamber's greatest honor, the Business Volunteer of Year Award, is president of Callas Contractors. He is a former Chamber director and former Chamber committee chairman.

Reynolds has been a volunteer with Washington County Public Schools, Habitat for Humanity and the Construction Education Foundation. He is past chapter president of the Maryland Society of Professional Engineers, a member of Associated Builders and Contractors, former chairman of the Washington County Solid Waste Advisory Committee, and a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the American Concrete Institute.

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