Greater Lexington Chamber Honors Local Businesses, Professionals

February 23, 2017 | Posted By: Connor Watkins

2017 Award Winners

LEXINGTON, SC – The Greater Lexington Chamber and Visitors Center honored local businesses and professionals at its annual Chamber Awards Night on Thursday evening at The River Center at Saluda Shoals Park.

This annual ceremony, presented by Wells Fargo, allows Chamber members to nominate their fellow members to be recognized because of their outstanding and admirable leadership within the business community and the community at large.

Allison Hedrick, associate agent at Morgan & Associates Nationwide Insurance, earned the Young Professional of the Year Award. Hedrick’s work experience includes two years with Speedway Children’s Charities, where she helped raise $300,000 that funded numerous children’s charities in the Carolinas. Hedrick serves on the board of Empowered Young Professionals and is an active member of Mt. Horeb United Methodist Church.

Trey Powell, owner of Mosquito Joe of Lake Murray, received the Small Business of the Year Award. Opening for business in 2015, Mosquito Joe of Lake Murray ranked as one of the top three locations in the county. The following year, Powell and his team increased business by 163 percent, sustaining the franchise as third of 223 locations nationwide. Today, Mosquito Joe of Lake Murray proudly holds an 80 percent customer retention rate and donates services to area schools and nonprofits.

First Community Bank earned the Large Business of the Year Award. Headquartered in Lexington, the bank serves the Midlands, Greenville and central Savannah River areas. Since 2014, First Community Bank’s total assets have grown by 44 percent with net income available to common shareholders increased by 61 percent. The bank’s leadership and employees have served in the community with Leadership Lexington County, local schools and foodbanks and contributed to the relief efforts during the historic flooding in 2015.

Heather Corley, branch banker at BB&T, was recognized for her volunteerism and advocacy for the Chamber with the Ambassador of the Year Award.

Troy Simpson, vice president of member services at Mid-Carolina Electric Cooperative, was honored with the coveted Mike Till Award. This award is given to an individual who best exemplifies the characteristics of Mike Till – friendliness, perseverance and dedication to the Lexington community. Simpson is a long-time resident of Lexington and serves on boards of multiple community organizations and is currently participating in Lexington One Foundation’s Dancing With The Stars.

The 2017 Chamber Awards Night is presented by Wells Fargo and sponsored by WACH FOX, Lexington Medical Center, SCE&G, BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina, Michelin North America, First Community Bank, Palmetto Health, BB&T, Elliott Davis Decosimo, The SEFA Group, Comporium, NBSC, Security Federal Bank, Budget Blinds of Lexington/Chapin, South State Bank, Rep. Todd Atwater, AllSouth Federal Credit Union, TD Bank, Grace Outdoor Advertising, Lexington Life Magazine, Ed’s Bartending Service and Blue Marlin Signature Catering.

For information about future events hosted by the Chamber, including the 8th Annual Oyster Roast and St. Patrick’s Day Party, visit

About the Greater Lexington Chamber and Visitors Center

The Greater Lexington Chamber and Visitors Center promotes business prosperity and a thriving community by providing services, advocacy and education for its members. A nonprofit, 501 (c) 6 organization, the GLC&VC represents nearly 900 businesses and more than 30,000 employees. To learn more about the Chamber and the Greater Lexington area, visit