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BY CATHY JETT
The Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce honored five area businesses and leaders Friday during its annual gala at the Fredericksburg Expo & Conference Center.
Eagle Dining by Sodexo at University of Mary Washington won The Marstel-Day/Stafford Printing Green Frontier Award. It has undertaken sustainability initiatives, purchases locally sourced seafood and produce, has set up a "Go Green" meal plan and works with Dinners for the Homeless.
Sam Cachola, founder and owner of Reality Realty Professionals, won the Chamber's Entrepreneur of the Year Award. He started the company three years ago, hires veterans and partners with Homes for Heroes.
The Title Professional LLC won the Small Business of the Year Award for a company with 25 or fewer employees. It reduced costs while delivering competitive, quality services during the economic downturn. Members also worked with a variety of organizations, including Habitat for Humanity.
NSWC Federal Credit Union won the Large Business of the Year Award for a company with more than 25 employees. Since it was chartered in 1961 by 10 employees of the U.S. Naval base at Dahlgren, the credit union has grown to assets of more than $298 million and 110 employees.
Kent Farmer, CEO of Rappahannock Electric Cooperative, won the Prince B. Woodard Leadership Award. Farmer, who was named REC's president and CEO in 2004, has worked for the cooperative for nearly 40 years. In 2010, he oversaw a vast expansion of the co-operative through the acquisition of a portion of Allegheny Power, making REC Virginia's largest electric cooperative.
Cathy Jett: 540/374-5407