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'Hometown success' story honored by Waynesboro Chamber

October 05, 2007|By DON AINES

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - The Greater Waynesboro Chamber of Commerce honored a hometown success story Thursday night, presenting Kimberly S. Shockey with the Business Person of the Year Award.

"A hometown success who truly thinks Waynesboro is the center of the universe," is how last year's recipient, Dr. Bob Zimmerman, described Shockey, the sales and business development manager for the First National Bank of Greencastle (Pa.) for an area that includes Franklin, Fulton and Washington counties.

Shockey was employed by Quincy United Methodist Home and Quincy Village for 19 years before being hired by the bank to open a branch in Waynesboro, Zimmerman said.

"What were they thinking, hiring a non-banker?" Zimmerman said. "Well, Kim took off with her winning smile and little book of contacts and the branch grew faster than any other branch in First National's history."

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Shockey is a past president of the Chamber and is the chairwoman for WaynesboroFest, an event she has been involved with since its inception. She is a board member of Green Hill Cemetery, Hearthstone, Medic 2, Vision 2015 and the Waynesboro YMCA, Zimmerman said.

"I do love Waynesboro. I believe in everything it stands for," a surprised Shockey said as her husband, Dennis, and children, Brad Shockey and Emily Nystrom, listened. "I don't know what else to say except, 'thank you.'"

Despite the calendar saying its October, there was no nip in the night air for the luau-themed 87th annual dinner meeting, so the Hawaiian shirts, leis and shorts did not look out of place at the Waynesboro Country Club. About 200 people attended the dinner.

"Just the fact that there are so many people (here) proves things are happening in Waynesboro," said Dr. Joseph Stewart, president of the Board of Directors. Membership in the Chamber has doubled to about 400 in just a few years, he said.

This past year, the chamber moved from its longtime offices in the Old Toll House to a building on Roadside Avenue and Carlene Willhide was promoted to executive director, he said.

The Waynesboro area has seen considerable residential and commercial development in recent years and Stewart said its business community stands to reap the benefits of the redevelopment of Fort Ritchie in nearby Cascade.

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