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October 6, 2013

Smith, Allen awarded chamber’s top 2013 honors

Weatherford Chamber of Commerce celebrates ‘No Place Like Home’ at 93rd annual awards banquet


Wayne Garrett of Snow Garrett Williams was named Citizen of the Year. Garrett said he had pulled back from his endeavors in recent years to focus on his business. The award was truly a humbling honor in his eyes.

“I think of who is ahead of me on this list, and I am humbled,” Garrett, a former Weatherford city council member, said.

Plains Capital Bank was named Large Business of the Year. Bank President Pat Hamilton said working among friends helps make for a successful business. Hamilton said also practicing business principles like James Doss did also aided in the bank’s success.

Bowie Drive Dental Care was named Small Business of the Year. Parker County Judge Mark Riley said Dr. Fred Potter, his wife Beth and their staff all “believe their work is life changing” and take pride in it.

Dr. Potter, who recently celebrated the 30-year anniversary of the business, gave all the credit to his wife, whom he admitted is his “better half and takes care of me.”

Sunny Street Café took home Newcomer Business of the Year, awarded to a business in operation for less than two years. Father-sons trio of Cliff, Daniel and Patrick Bowling have made a commitment to be involved in the community and look to be here for a long time, according to incoming Chamber Board Chairman James Plowman.

In his remarks, Plowman, who was born and raised in Weatherford, admitted he pulled back from his hometown for some time but is glad he is back.

“Weatherford is the type of town that envelops you and pulls you in,” Plowman said. “Here, it’s all about being part of the community.”

Or being part of “home.”

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