Two Amazing Feats and a day FULL of fun!

Food, drink, volunteers, sunshine….an abundance of each came together for the annual Chamber Golf Extravaganza on May 6, 2011 at Maple Ridge Golf Course sponsored by B&B Beverage.  The beautiful weather almost upstaged the golf itself.  Over 250 people attended the event co-chaired by Mike Mayhew of Automated Business Machine and Richie Grantham of Sunshine Banners and Signs.  Every tee was sponsored by a Chamber member and food, prizes and goody’s flooded the course.  

Jay Buick GMC was the Hole in One sponsor for the  Golf Extravaganza. The tournament produced 2 hole in ones! The chances of getting a hole in one are a 1 in 3,000 chance according to Golf Digest. 

Brent Wright-Hole in One Winner

Brent Wright (center) was presented Callaway RAZR X irons by Ronnie Carroll (left) of Jay Buick GMC and Mike Gill golf pro at Maple Ridge Golf Course.

Brent Wright make a hole in one at the 13th hole of the course and won a set of Callaway RAZR X irons presented to him by Jay Buick GMC.  Brent had a lot of support from the crew at Batson Cook, which sponsored hole 13th with a White Water Rafting themed tent that even included kayakers in the lake! 

 Jason Stansell made a hole in one at the 2nd hole and won a 2011 GMC Terrian from Jay GMC.  Jason received the keys to his new car this week.  When asked how his wife reacted when he told her the news, “She didn’t believe me at first, I had to tell her several times for it to sink in.”  

Jason Stansell Hole in One Winner

Jason Stansell receives the keys to his new GMC Terrain from Jay Buick GMC. Pictured left to right: Nolan Pendleton, John Roberts, Mike Gill, Ronnie Carroll, Jason Stansell and Amy Askew

Jason played on the Colony Bank with team members Nolan Pendleton, John Roberts and Brian Williams. Needless to say, the Colony Bank team also walked away the over all winners of the tournament and 2nd place went to Mid-South Metals. 

Carmike Cinemas was named the overall best decorated tee recognition and Hartin Electric won 2nd place. 

Everyone in attendance walked away a winner with new business contacts, opportunities and exposure that you cannot get anywhere else.  Thanks to all the sponsors and to the committee members—events like this are not successful without the support of all that contribute! 

Carmike Cinemas walked away 1st place winner of the tent decoration competition with their "Pirates" theme


Thank You Eagle, Tee and Beverage Station Sponsors! 

 #1   B&B Beverage (GRAND SPONSOR) 

#2   Jay Buick GMC (Hole in One) 

#3   Manpower & MasterKleen 

#4   Servpro 

#5   Coleman American Allied Movers 

#6   2WR (Eagle Sponsor) 

#7   Sunshine Banners & Safetec Security 

#8   Naartjie 

#9  Southeast Restoration Group 

#10   Loco’s 

#11   Hartin Electric (Eagle Sponsor) 

#12     Townplace Suites, Springhill Suites Residence Inn & Fairfield Inn 

#13   Batson-Cook 

#14   Carmike Cinemas (Eagle Sponsor) 

#15  Suntrust 

#16   Independence Place 

#17   Verge Pipe Media (Eagle Sponsor) 

#18   Callaway Gardens 

 Thank You Beverage Station Sponsors! 

Columbus Community Bank        


ATC Associates 

 Thank You Driving Range Sponsor! 


Thank you Potty Break Sponsor! 

Paws Humane 

Thank You Event Donors!

4th Avenue Car Wash

5 Star Food Service

Allstate-The Askew Agency


B&B Beverage


Burger King

Burt’s Butcher Shop

Callaway Gardens


Columbus Regional Healthcare System, Inc.

Cott Beverages

Country’s Barbeque

Dr. Scuba



Northwest Exterminating

Phenix Foods

PMB Broadcasting


Sun Ray Cleaners

Sweetbriar SmokeShop

Team Realtree

Troy University

A Very Special Thank You to Our Golf Committee and Our Volunteers! 


Mike Mayhew, Automated Business Machines & Richie Grantham, Sunshine Banners and Signs 

Committee Members 

Rebecca Gaston, Batson Cook 

Trammell Coleman, The Overby Company

Patrick Deal, Columbus Communications 

Diane Edwards, Hartin Electric 

Bob Kramer, Skanska 

Dewey McCabe, Southeast Restoration Group 

Alan Scoggins, Skanska

To View More Pictures from the event visit our Facebook Fan Page or search IamtheChamber

“Where Did the Day Go!?”

I used to consider myself a pretty organized person.  For those of you who are familiar with Emergenetics, I am primarily “green”–actually primarily is an understatement , I am over 51% green.  If you are not familiar with my color coding green stands for: Structural–I like precision, practicality and processes, a detailed organized plan is important for me–I like the idea of developing a concrete solution and meeting a clear objective.  I am a planner, an organizer–which means I am list maker and I like to stick to it. Hey, they don’t call me Anal Amy for nothing.


I can definitely fact you could just paste my picture right on her face!

Lately, I feel like I am missing my green and it is making me hoo!  I frequently find myself asking “where did this day go” as 5:00p.m. rolls around.  I start my day off with great intentions but by 9:00am the emails are rolling in, the phone is ringing and my “to-do list” just keeps growing without scratching off any of the previous items. 

Instead of making a call to “whine 1-1″ I have decided to be pro-active and resort to what I do best…making a list… here are my plans to better stay on track during the work day:


Step 1: Put all your tasks in your calendar. Need to write a monthly report? Block off the time needed in your calendar. Need to research new business prospects? Schedule that time each week. By committing tasks to our calendar, we’re more likely to see them as true appointments that can’t be rescheduled or skipped.

Step 2:One of the best ways is to eliminate – or at least minimize – your distractions. That means turning off the cell phone, shutting down e-mail and logging off Facebook. Even if you just take a quick look at the latest e-mail message, it’s still eating into your productive time.

Step 3: Close your door. If you happen to have an office with a door, shut it for an hour or two each day to minimize interruptions. No door? Remember college professors and their “office hours?” Try a similar technique in which your staff or colleagues know you’re available between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. but for the rest of the day you don’t want to be disturbed unless it’s urgent.

Step 4: Pick two or three items on your to-do list that can be done quickly and knock them out first thing in the morning. That way you have a sense of accomplishment and will feel energized about the rest of the day.

Step 5: Recharge your batteries. It can be tempting to take your work home in an effort to catch up, but not taking a break can make it even harder to concentrate. Give yourself some time to unwind and chances are you’ll be able to tackle your tasks faster.

Looking for more ideas to add time to your day? Check out this article from the Harvard Business Review, including tips like asking those around you ways we might be wasting time that we do not notice in ourselves.

I’d like to hear from you–how do you stay productive and avoid distractions and interruptions at bay?

It’s Official: The “I Am The Chamber” Campaign is Unveiled at Luncheon

Today, we unveiled to the public our new Greater Columbus Chamber of Commercebenefits-driven” website and membership drive campaign: I Am The Chamber!

To celebrate the culmination of the first stage of this monumental undertaking, we invited the many supportive Chamber members who volunteered their time, likeness, words, and wisdom to come down to the Depot for us to personally give them our utmost thanks for their participation to our cause.

Bill Becker of Basset & Becker Advertising takes the podium to unveil the "I Am The Chamber" membership campaign.

We were blessed with beautiful weather, perfect for grilling out. After burgers and dogs, we moved inside and Bill Becker from Basset & Becker Advertising walked everyone through the process that he and his team employed in creating the campaign, which included a quick tour of the website (with an emphasis on the member videos), multiple billboards, print ads, take-aways, large hanging banners, radio spots, and a television commercial. It was informative, yes, but a lot of fun, as well.

It was stressed often during the course of the presentation today, so it will be reiterated here: this is just this beginning. It felt like a celebration, and there is reason to celebrate. We now have the tools necessary to accomplish our goals: to enhance our membership and guide our business community to a more prosperous future. But it’s not yet time for champagne and confetti. It is time to hit the streets. Let’s all be walking billboards. Let’s be living testimonials. Let’s keep the Chamber on the top of people’s minds. And more than anything, let’s keep people visiting It’s all there.

So, let’s enjoy today. We’ve all earned a little pat on the back. But again, this is just the beginning.

~ The Chamber

P.S. How can you help? Here are three simple ways:
1. ‘Like’ the IAmTheChamber Facebook page.
2. Subscribe to this Blog.
3. And share this simple message: “I Am The Chamber.”

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