Maumelle chamber presents awards

The Maumelle Area Chamber of Commerce recently hosted its annual recognition banquet at the Maumelle Event Center.

Executive director Alicia Gillen welcomed those in attendance and recognized the businesses supporting the event, including presenting sponsor G&G Hospitality/Hampton Inn Maumelle. The Maumelle Fire Department presented the colors and the National Anthem was performed by the Maumelle High School Choir.

Roby Brock, host of Talk Business & Politics, was the featured speaker. Greg Northen, 2018 chamber board chair, presented the year in review and 2019 chair Mark Bingman discussed the year ahead.

The chamber honored members who have gone above and beyond during the previous year, with awards presented in various categories:

Person of the Year: Jim Payseno.

Educator of the Year: Ashley Washam, Maumelle Middle School.

Ambassador of the Year:  Kacey Ziegler, Nash Law Firm.

Small Business of the Year: Holloway Engineering, Surveying & Civil Design, PL

Large Business of the Year: Sonic of Maumelle.

The evening also included special recognition of outgoing Maumelle Mayor Mike Watson by Mark Bingman (RPM Group), JaNan Davis (Rainwater, Holt & Sexton) and Maumelle Police Chief Sam Williams. 

For more information on the Maumelle chamber, visit (See more photos in the March edition of 501 LIFE.)

The Maumelle Chamber of Commerce’s Person of the Year Jim Payseno (left) and Mayor Caleb Norris. (Sonja J. Keith photo)