Oldham County Top Achievers Awards

Chamber honors The Rogers Group
for Community Service

By Don Ward

CRESTWOOD, Ky. (April 2006) – The Rogers Group plays a “solid” role in the Oldham County community as the marketer of crushed stone, sand and gravel, asphalt highway, concrete masonry and construction materials throughout the southeastern United States.

Tony Cruise

Photo by Don Ward

84 WHAS morning show
host Tony Cruise takes the podium at the luncheon.

But the company, known locally as Oldham County Stone, solidifies its role even more by being a strong community supporter. As a result, the company was honored March 3 as the recipient of the Oldham County Chamber of Commerce’s 2006 Community Service Award. The award was presented to company representative Rose Wyman during the March 3 Oldham County Top Achievers Awards luncheon, which preceded the March 4 Oldham Community Showcase, held at Crestwood Station Shopping Center.
Oldham County Stone opened in 1968 providing stone for the construction of I-71.
“The company encourages its employees to get involved in the community,” said chamber president Deana Epperly Karem in presenting the award. “The leadership at the company believes in giving back to the community, and it has been involved in many programs, such as the Brownsboro Community Center, the Oldham County Youth Soccer Association, the Oldham County Chamber of Commerce and many other noteworthy organizations.”

Other awards were:
• Large Business of the Year: The Rogers Group also earned this year’s Large Business of the Year award.
This award is presented to a company with 25 employees or more. It must have experienced some milestone growth and been a part of the overall business economy.

John Manning and Rose Wyman

Photo by Don Ward

Bedford Bank’s John Manning presents
Rose Wyman of The Rogers Group
with the Community Service award.

Besides implementing significant business planning strategies throughout the year and experiencing significant growth, the company recently acquired Rock Springs Quarry in Oldham County.
“The company feels strongly about listening to customers and recently performed a customer satisfaction survey that came back with a 93 percent approval rating,” Karem said in presenting the award.
In addition, The Rogers Group is a Six Sigma Co. with a number of Black Belts on staff to facilitate improvement teams while fostering employee knowledge. The mission of Six Sigma at the Rogers Group is to teach and develop a systematic approach to problem solving and process improvement.
• Small Business of the Year: The Oldham Driver Training Center won this award. This award is given to a company with one to 24 employees. Nominees in this category must have experienced significant growth in the last year and also achieved a number of milestones to achieve business success.
Tom and Donna Skinner opened the Oldham Driver Training Center in early 2005 as the Skinners’ son turned 16 and began learning to drive.
“The school prides itself on being community-focused, listening to customers and managing its business with the customer in mind,” Karem said. “Donna Skinner has a number of new programs on tap for the school including a defensive driving course, a senior refresher course, and a Graduated Training Course. The Oldham Driver Training Center stays close to changing legislation in Frankfort and is committed to supporting laws that protect our teens and make Kentucky’s road safe.”

OC Rental Booth

Photo by Don Ward

These ladies greet visitors at the
Oldham county Rental booth at the
Oldham Community Showcase.

• Home Based Business of the Year: This award is presented to a successful company with support operations in their home. Oldham County On-Line earned this award for the second time, having earned it in 2004. The company is a owned and operated by Lambert and Terri Franklin. They provide website design, development and hosting services. They have 11 employees with clients throughout Oldham County, southern Indiana, Ohio and Louisville.
“The Franklins feel its important to be involved in the community from an individual as well as a company perspective,” Karem said. “Oldham County On-Line is involved in the La Grange Rotary Club, Crestwood Baptist Church, the Plantings Christian Retreat Center, Prison Ministry and the Oldham County Chamber of Commerce. Oldham County On-Line is an information source for
Oldham County providing free services to assist residents and businesses.
• Non-Profit Business of the Year: This award goes to a local company or agency providing services, communication and/or administration assistance in a non-traditional business method.
This year’s award was presented to the Oldham County Arts Association. The association began in 1997 under the initiation of the Chamber of Commerce. Since its beginning, it has been working to encourage, promote and develop a continuing interest in the arts.

Deana Epperly Karem

Photo by Don Ward

New Oldham County Chamber director
Deana Epperly Karem speaks.

The association provides leadership by increasing public accessibility and involvement in the arts, promoting arts education among students, establishing partnerships for collaborative programs and events and more. This year, the association, took up residence in the new Oldham County Arts Center in Crestwood. The leadership of the association credits its success to the support of family, friends and corporate sponsors.
This year’s Showcase was considered a success, with more than 100 booth sold and after moving the date from its original early February timeframe to the first Saturday in March. Chamber officials said the move was beneficial to giving members more time to plan for it, said board president Gary Hardy. Hardy presented the Showcase’s Chairman’s Award to exhibitor Enviroscape, a landscaping firm from Madison, Ind.
84 WHAS Radio morning show host Tony Cruise, an Oldham County resident, was the keynote luncheon speaker on Friday.

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