Melangton keynote speaker for Oxford County chamber dinner

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PARIS — Allison Melangton, an Auburn native who was president and CEO of the 2012 Super Bowl host committee in Indianapolis, will be the keynote speaker at the Oxford County Chamber of Commerce awards dinner on Feb. 23.

Chamber Executive Director John Williams said the dinner will be a little later this usual this year in part to accommodate Melangton. The dinner usually takes place in early February.

“She is the woman who organized all of what happened in Indianapolis last year,” Williams said Monday. “She had almost 3,000 employees. It is acknowledged as being perhaps the most dynamic Super Bowl ever held.” He said she’s also a four-time Emmy Award winning producer for NBC for their Olympics coverage.

“It doesn’t hurt that she’s my cousin,” Williams joked. He said Melangton was just named CEO of the Indiana Sports Management Corp.

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“If no one comes for any other reason than just to hear her speak, it’ll be worth it,” Williams said.

Williams also presented the winners of the 2013 Chamber awards. The 2013 Community Service Award Winner is the Responsible Pet Care staff. The pet shelter in Norway originally took only cats but started taking dogs in recent years after Allen Hill Animal Shelter in Oxford closed.

Now, Responsible Pet Care is raising funds for a new building in Paris that will include a dog park and space for the growing number of animals housed in its crowded Norway location.

The Oxford Casino, which opened in June, was named 2013 Business of the Year. The casino has about 420 full-time employees and donates to community groups such as the United Way and Stephens Memorial Hospital.

The 2013 Employee of the Year is Steve Holbrook, a teacher at Oxford Hills Christian Academy. Williams said Holbrook works hard at the academy, going above and beyond his responsibilities as a teacher. It’s the second year in a row that an educator has won the award. Last year, the employee of the year was Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School Principal Ted Moccia.

The 2013 Rising Star of the Year is ServiceMaster Fire and Water Restoration of Oxford, which came under the new ownership of Carl Carlson and Steve Cox about two and a half years ago. Williams said they have made significant improvements since taking over, and that Carlson has been a board member with the Chamber of Commerce for more than a year.

The dinner is set for Feb. 23 at the Four Seasons Function Center in Paris. Williams said the social hour is at 5 p.m., followed by the dinner at 6 and the awards ceremony.

treaves@sunjournal.com

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