The Greater Hyannis Chamber of Commerce held its Annual Dinner & Meeting, sponsored by Keller Company, Inc., Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at the Oyster Harbors Club, Osterville. The event brought together chamber members and guests to honor this year’s award winners and to officially install the newest member of its Board of Directors.
As Guy Morse, GLM Consulting completes his term this year, we thank him for his outstanding leadership and guidance during his years of service on the Board of Directors. We are delighted to welcome new incoming board member Rob Reisner, Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank.
Please join us in congratulating this year’s Annual Award Winners!
2017 Business of the Year – 25 or fewer employees
Lamb and Lion Inn
Innkeeper’s Ali Pitcher and Tommy Dott, along with their long-time assistant Eileen Stanton, have been in business since 1999. Over the past 18 years, the Lamb and Lion Inn has seen constant business growth each year, with improvements being made to the 1740 property yearly as well. In addition to a refurbished pool and courtyard, the inn has added amenities to improve tourist traffic and stretch their business year round.
Ali and Tom they feel that showcasing other local businesses and attractions is an extremely important component to their success. There’s a symbiotic existence created by sending guests out to experience other businesses–who in turn create a life long memory for the their guest–who then return back to the inn completely knocked out by the experience, and return year after year.
Business of the Year – 25 or more employees
Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream, Hyannis
Ben & Jerry’s scoop shops are designed to deliver the ultimate, immersive Ben & Jerry’s experience to fans and first-timers alike. They’re whimsical, welcoming places where families and friends can enjoy their favorite treats and fans can deepen their connections with the brand.
Ben & Jerry’s operates on a three-part mission that aims to create linked prosperity for everyone that’s connected to their business: suppliers, employees, farmers, franchisees, customers, and neighbors alike.
Patrick Butler Citizen of the Year Award
Jim and Rick Penn of Puritan Cape Cod
Abraham Penn, founder of Puritan Cape Cod started the company in 1919 on one core principle: “Service to the customer, service to the community”. This principle was passed down to the second generation of the Penn family, Milton and Howard Penn, and to today’s third generation, Rick and Jim Penn. Today Rick and Jim manage and operate Puritan’s four store locations across Cape Cod.
The company lives by its mission statement: Earn the Relationship. They run their business by earning the relationship of Puritan’s customers, employees, and community.
Outside their business, Rick and Jim Penn have held numerous leadership positions in the Cape Cod community, including the Hyannis Business Improvement District, Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce, Greater Hyannis Chamber of Commerce, Cape and Islands United Way, Barnstable Horace Mann Charter School, Spaulding Rehabilitation, and Cape Cod Synagogue.
Puritan Cape Cod is proud to give back to the community with numerous charitable contributions and benefit shopping events.
Henry C. Farnham Unsung Hero Award
William Murphy (Retired), Cape Cod Charitable FunRaisers
Cape Cod Charitable FunRaisers (CCCF), a Hyannis based fundraising organization had been led by its Founder William “Bill” Murphy, who served as President since 1992 until his retirement earlier this year. CCCF manages several fundraisers for local non-profit organizations including The Last Gasp, Spectacle of Trees, and more. Cape Cod Charitable FunRaisers has raised millions of dollars for very deserving nonprofit organizations located on Cape Cod and the Islands.
John F. Kennedy, Jr. Community Service Award
Suzanne Carter, Flower Angels USA
After visiting her mom Helen every day at a nursing home in Provincetown and seeing how many people never received visitors, Suzanne Carter knew her next chapter in life had found her. Using her modest inheritance, Flower Angels USA was born to honor her mom’s memory and for Mara, her delightful special needs daughter, to learn the importance of kindness and service to others.
Suzanne and the Flower Angels USA team are dedicated to “Delivering Random Acts of Love, Recycling Flowers, Warming Hearts.” Flower Angels USA was founded on the idea that perfectly good repurposed flowers and lonely people were a match made in heaven. Suzanne, her daughter Mara and her amazing “angel” volunteers are thrilled to uplift spirits by delivering 200 or more bouquets of joy weekly. By the end of each month residents in 28 facilities on Cape Cod have been visited.
Suzanne is a fifth-generation Cape Codder who has run successful businesses on the Cape for decades. She was happily retired and not looking for a “next chapter” but sometimes the next chapter in your life finds you!