The Small Business Leadership Award was established by William Carey University and the Area Development Partnership in 1990 to recognize the important contributions small businesses make to the economic, social, and cultural life of the community and the particular achievements of one individual or family. The award is given in memory of Dr. Joe Roberts, former professor of communication at William Carey University. Dr. Roberts was also a successful businessman and one of the founders of Aycock-Roberts Furniture.
Past Award Recipients
Small Business Leadership Award Recipients
1990 – Mr. Jack Simmons, Simmons Furniture Co.
1991 – Mr. Robert E. Donnel, Jr., Vital Care Compounder
1992 – Ms. Jan Lacy, Copy Cats Printing
1993 – Mr. Butch Brown, Parris Jewelers
1994 – Ms. Gwen James, Coldwell Banker
1995 – Mr. Carl Amones, Amones Realty & Tax Service
1996 – Mr. David Rumbarger, Area Development Partnership
1997-98 – Mr. Doug McLelland, McLelland Television, Co.
1999 – Mr. Glenn E. Galey, The Galey Agency, Inc.
2000 – Mr. Allen Anderson, Anderson Retail, Inc.
2001 – Mr. Steven L. Floyd, Floyd Properties, Inc.
2002 – Myrick Family, Economy Supply Company
2003 – Mr. Gene Owens, Owens Business Machines
2004 – Dews Family, C.L. Dews & Sons Foundry & Machine Co.
2006 – Robert St. John, Mid-South Restaurant Group
2007 – Wayne Ross, Commercial Stationery Company
2009 – Dennis Pierce, Piercon, Inc.
2010 – Greg & Steve Moore, Moore Funeral Service
2011 – Phil Hanberry & Chris Hudson, Hanco Corporation
2012 – Karl Ficken, Willmut Gas Company
2013 – Tom White, 206 Front/Bianchi’s Pizzeria
2014 – Wyche McMullan, McMullan Motors
2015 – Kyle Wallace, Shows, Dearman & Waits, Inc.
2016 – Brad Pittman, Columbia Block & Brick
2017 – Gary Carmichael, PrideStaff
2018 – Rob & Craig Tatum, CR Properties, LLC
2019 – Andy Stetelman, London & Stetelman Commercial Realtors
2020 - Donnie and Larry Doleac, Doleac Electric