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Jody Stubbs honored by Chamber as Business Leader of the Year
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Jody Stubbs of Stubbs Oil Company says a few words of appreciation after named Business Leader of the Year at Thursday's Statesboro-Bulloch Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting at Georgia Southern University's Nessmith-Lane Center for Continuing Education. - photo by SCOTT BRYANT/staff

      The Statesboro-Bulloch Chamber of Commerce 89th Annual Meeting was fun and exciting as Jody Stubbs was named 2010 Business Leader of the Year and Chamber board members entertained the crowd with a short film, "Extreme Makeover Chamber Edition."
      Billy Griffis introduced Stubbs, leading up to identifying the honoree by dropping hints as he spoke.
      He described Stubbs as "a Bulloch County native, born and raised in the Boro," a Statesboro High School graduate who was a star member of the school's golf team and who won many awards in the sport.
      He spoke of how Stubbs graduated from Georgia Southern College (now University) and achieved a BBA in accounting. He was a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity, was on the college golf team, and was the first recipient of the Chris Schenkel Scholarship, he said.
      Still having not identified the honoree, Griffis described Stubbs as very competitive, and said he had been a college classmate of Dan Cathy, CEO of Chik-Fil-A, and had turned down an offer to become a "chicken magnate" with that company, choosing instead to become a certified public accountant in Atlanta.
      However, after three years in the big city, Stubbs returned home to join the family business in 1977. That business, of which Stubbs is CEO, president and owner today, is Stubbs Oil Company.
      Griffis said Stubbs is "known for his integrity... good character ... treatment of his customers. Our honoree excels in this regard."
      He said Stubbs is "highly respected for his honesty, integrity and the concern for customers. One customer once said ‘He's just a dad gum good man.'"
      Stubbs is very active in the community, a past member of Statesboro Rotary Club and Schenkel Easy Go; a past member of Bulloch Academy's Board of Trustees of Sea Island Bank's Board of Directors and a former Deen Day Smith Service to Mankind recipient.
      "He is a man of God, a man of faith, and he lives it daily," he said. "He is a counselor for friends, and always has the time to lend and ear to anybody who has a problem."
      The father of five children and five grandchildren, Stubbs is "very humble, does not seek award or recognition," he continued. "He is truly deserving."
      As Stubbs took the stage, his surprise was obvious. "It is an understatement for me to say that I am stunned. I truly am," he said. "Bulloch County, Statesboro, has been my home except for three years I had in Atlanta. It is the finest place in the world to live. Sometimes I like to think I'd liked to have gone on and done something bigger, but the Lord has put me where I am and He knew what He was doing. I'm grateful for that."

Extreme Makeover
      Following tradition, several of the Chamber board members produced a short film highlighting the Chambers accomplishments over the past year. This year the theme was "Extreme Makeover Chamber Edition." Playing upon the fact that long-time Chamber president Peggy Chapman has retired after 20 years, and Phyllis Thompson is coming in as  President with Benjy Thompson as CEO, the humorous film had various board members "remodeling" the Chamber facility for the new bosses.
      Amid fumbling attempts to replace pipes, fix electrical problems and hammer nails, each member touched on past accomplishments. These included the Great American Cleanup,, helping the Boys and Girls Club of Bulloch County, Bulloch County STAR Student and Teacher Banquet, a roundtable with educational leaders and the Showcasing Bulloch Spring Gala.
      Also, committees held banquets for Small Businessman and Enterpreneur of the Year and the Farm Family of the Year business luncheons, Business After Hours, and a host of ribbon cuttings and other Chamber events.
Outgoing Chamber Board chairman Jamey Cartee handed over the reins to 2011 Chairman Todd Manack at the end of the program.
      "It has been a great year, a busy year, and I know this year is going to be the same," Cartee said. He spoke of all the programs, gatherings, meetings and other events, but added "If you really love Bulloch County like I love Bulloch County, it is not a hard thing to do."
      He thanked Chapman for her years of service and wisdom, and for "staying until I finished out my year."
Manack spoke of anticipation for a fantastic year in 2011.
      "I'm proud to announce to you that the future of the Chamber is bright," he said. "With Benjy, Phyllis and a very talented, seasoned staff, we are prepared to take on the challenges of 2011."
      Other people were recognized during the meeting, including Chapman, who was honored with a short film clip and kudos for her years of service.
      Outgoing board members received plaques; David Beaubien, Russell Rosengart, Darin Van Tassel, Shannon Grindler, Dennis Key, John Lane, Ted Wynn, Tom Clarke, Darron Burnette and Lisa Lee.
      The Chamber's Agribusiness committee was honored as Committee of the Year, and Leadership Bulloch Class of 2010 was given the "Volunteer(s) of the Year" award.

Holli Deal Bragg may be reached at (912) 489-9414.


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