Over the years, Kit Dunlap has handed out numerous awards to business leaders in her role as president & CEO of the Greater Hall Chamber.
On Thursday, July 12, she got one of her own.
The Georgia Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives presented Dunlap with its top honor, the Legacy Award, which “recognizes long-term executives who have excelled over a period of years in leading and innovatively building their chamber.”
“It was certainly unexpected and I don’t think particularly deserved,” Dunlap said in an interview later. “But I was very honored and appreciative of the award, and it was nice to see some of my counterparts from around the state of Georgia.”
Dunlap added that she “still gets a thrill out of promoting my community and hopefully making a difference.”
The announcement was made at the 2018 GACCE Executive Leadership Conference in Jekyll Island.
“The award is based on the demonstration of excellence in areas of chamber leadership, organizational management, service to the profession, community reputation/involvement, and personal attributes,” a Greater Hall Chamber press release states.
Dunlap has served as the chamber’s top official for 20 years.
“She has been a leader by identifying opportunities and bringing together businesses, citizens, governments and nonprofits to implement the appropriate strategy for success,” the press release states.
“During Kit’s tenure, she has spearheaded several multimillion-dollar initiatives, such as the HALLmark campaign, that has funded successful economic development, education and community programs, as well as VISION 2030.”
Dunlap was nominated by the chamber board’s immediate past chairman, Perry Barnett.
He said she “has created an economic development team that is not only well connected in Georgia, but is well connected around the world.”
Over the last 10 years, Barnett added, the chamber’s economic development program has worked to encourage 235 new and expanded business announcements creating 9,300 new jobs, retaining 3,000 existing jobs and $1.75 billion in new capital investment.
“It is not very often that we encounter a person with ambition to serve others, as well as compassion to leave each conversation with us as a better friend than before,” Barnett said.