THE ROCKVILLE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE CELEBRATED ITS’ 2021 ROCK STAR AWARD WINNERS
ROCKVILLE, MD — The Rockville Chamber of Commerce (RCC) annually recognizes its Rock Stars of the Year in the following categories: Small Business of the Year, Large Business of the Year, Non-Profit of the Year, Entrepreneur of the Year, Young Professional of the Year and the Community Service Award. Following are this year’s winners in each category.
Small Business of the Year Award recognized a company that has been in business for at least five years with revenue under $5M. Specific criteria include: flexibility, innovation and has a proven unique business and marketing strategy that has benefited the Rockville community. The 2021 Small Business of the Year was SERVPRO of Rockville-Olney. Presented by last year’s winner, Pam Clark of Clark Concepts.
Large Business of the Year recognized a company committed to the vitality and community in Rockville, which has over 50 employees and over $5M in revenue. Specific criteria include: a commitment to their employees, their customers and has invested time, energy, and resources in the Rockville community. The 2021 Large Business of the Year was Marquis Health Services – Collingswood Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center. Presented by last year’s winner, Dan Cochran of Adventist HealthCare, Shady Grove Medical Center.
The Non-Profit of the Year recognized outstanding practices among Rockville’s diverse non-profit organizations. Specific criteria include success in creating a lasting and beneficial impact for Rockville residents and sets a strong example for other non-profits in the community. The 2021 Non-Profit of the Year was Charity Connect. Presented by previous award winner Andrea Kempner Wink, Community Reach of Montgomery County
Entrepreneur of the Year recognized two brothers who operates a business taking on financial risk to do so, and identifies a need that no existing businesses address, and determines a solution for that need. Additionally, although the term “entrepreneur” is often associated with startups and small businesses, any founder of a successful household-named business began as an entrepreneur. Specific criteria include year over year growth, innovation, resilience, flexibility, and a unique business and marketing strategy, and a proven track record of commitment to the Rockville community and businesses. The 2021 Entrepreneurs were Ryan Terko and Brandon Owens from Simply Nutrition. Presented by last year’s winner, Josh Funk of Rehab2Perform.
Young Professional of the Year recognized an individual who is active in the Young Professional’s group of our Chamber and steps up to a leadership role within their organization. Specific criteria include tenacity and an exemplary commitment to the Rockville community and businesses. The 2021 Young Professional of the Year was Marcy Santos. Presented by Asif Choudhury, Bahar Consulting.
Community Service Award: RCC started this award in 2020 to recognize extraordinary efforts of individuals with a generous spirit. Bob Blanken of Blanken Photography Studio received the 2021 Community Service Award of the Year. Presented by last years recipient, Mitchell Wool of the Bean Bag Deli.
Rockville Chamber president and CEO, Marji Graf, notes, “I extend my congratulations to this year’s award winners. They truly are ‘rock stars.’
Award winners were honored at a black-tie, red carpet, sit-down dinner at the Manor Country Club in Rockville on November 4, 2021. We thank our sponsors:
Our title sponsor: Westat
Gold: Intelligent Office, SHS Services, Blanken Photography
Silver: PEPCO, Cambria, WesBanco, ACB Precision Focus Photography
Bronze: John Marshall Bank, APEX Home Loans, Bean Bag Deli, Adventist Healthcare, Montgomery College, Omega World Travel and ComForCare Home Care
Print1 for printing of our Program
Washington Talent for audio/video/mc
ACB Precision Focus Photography – photos (view full album here)
Talk of the Town – photo booth and red carpet
Manor Country Club – filet mignon and salmon dinner!!!
Key Ingredients for providing Insane Chocolate bars to all attendees
Omego World Travel who donated a trip for 2 won by Becky Briggs of Our Gift Biz
ABOUT ROCKVILLE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
The RCC serves as the voice of the thousands of businesses that proudly call Rockville, MD their home. It strives to create and support a thriving Rockville through educational programs, networking opportunities, and services; civic and business involvement in cultural and social programs and services; and advocacy for the interdependence of business and civic goals to expand economic vitality in Rockville.
For more information, visit https://www.rockvillechamber.org. Follow us on Twitter: @ChamberRock, and find us on Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.