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Chamber of Commerce Presents 2011 Paul Goodloe McIntire Citizenship Award to Martin V. Burks, III, Business & Civic Leader, at 98th Annual Chamber Dinner

The Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce this evening presented the Chamber�s prestigious Paul Goodloe McIntire Citizenship Award to Albemarle citizen Martin V. Burks, III, before an audience of more than 350 business and community leaders attending the 98th Annual Chamber of Commerce Dinner held at the Boar�s Head Inn Pavilion.

 

The 98th Annual Chamber Dinner was underwritten by CenturyLink, Hantzmon Wiebel, LLC and State Farm Insurance Companies

 

"Martin Burks has demonstrated a passionate, quiet service to our community, its businesses, civic organizations and citizens,� said W. Rod Gentry, of Regional Retail Executive for Union First Market Bank, Past Chairman (2010) of the Chamber Board of Directors and Chairman of the 2011 Chamber Paul Goodloe McIntire Citizenship Award Committee.  �Mr. Burks� leadership and determined approach to building a better community is inspirational and a model for others.  We are honored by his service and we are honored to honor him tonight.�

 

Martin V. Burks, III was born in Charlottesville, graduated from Lane High School, and has spent his lifetime serving his country and community.  He holds a BA in Economics from the University of Richmond; a MS in Administration from Central Michigan University and an Associate�s degree in Funeral Service from the John Tyler College.  

 

Mr. Burks served in the United States Army for 20 years achieving the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.

 

Mr. Burks and his wife Deborah Bell Burks, life-long residents of the community, successfully operate J. F. Bell Funeral Home in Charlottesville, which has served the community for 94 years.

 

As a citizen leader Mr. Burks has served with numerous organizations.  They include:  the Dogwood Festival (Past President); the Paramount Theater (Board); University of Virginia 20/20 Advisory Board; University of Virginia Community Advisory Board;  Jefferson School Partners (Past President); Jefferson School Foundation (current Chairman); 100 Black Men of Central Virginia (Fundraising Chairman); Charlottesville Fire Department EMS Advisory Committee; Albemarle Social Services Advisory Board; Omega Psi Phi Fraternity (past �Basileus�); and, Inter-Fraternal Council of Charlottesville.

 

Mr. Burks is a highly regarded citizen.  An award nominator describes him as �a mover and shaker in Charlottesville and Albemarle.�  Martin Burks �is a man of good standing, a great husband and father, dedicated to community service, trustworthy, a patriot, a genuine friend ��

 

Mr. Burks and his wife Deborah Bell Burks have one son, Martin V. Burks, IV.  They are active in their church, First Baptist on West Main Street in Charlottesville and reside in Albemarle County.

 

The Chamber of Commerce established its prestigious Paul Goodloe McIntire Citizenship Award in 1975 to recognize outstanding citizen contributions to the greater Charlottesville area.  The Chamber award is named in honor of Paul Goodloe McIntire, whose good will set a standard of service that others through the years have reached for while helping to weave a fabric of selflessness that continues to provide for our community and its citizens.  A list of previous recipients is attached.

 

The 2011 Chamber Paul Goodloe McIntire Citizenship Award Selection Committee included: Mr. Gentry as Committee Chairman; Suzanne Jessup Brooks, Vice President of Pepsi Cola Bottling Company of Central Virginia, a 1994 Chamber McIntire Award recipient and Past Chairwoman of the Chamber Board (1998); Grace Carpenter, Davenport & Company, the 2006 Chamber McIntire Award recipient and Past Chairwoman of the Chamber Board (1982); Patricia Cluff, Associate Vice President of the University of Virginia Health System and First Vice Chairwoman of the Chamber Board; Dr. Frank Friedman, President, Piedmont Virginia Community College; Robert Hodous, Payne & Hodous Attorneys, Chairman of the Chamber Board of Directors; Valerie Long, Williams Mullen Attorneys and Vice Chairwoman of the Chamber Board � Economic Vitality; Rydell Payne, Executive Director of Charlottesville Abundant Life Ministries; Bryan Thomas, Executive, BB&T and Past Chairman of the Chamber Board of Directors (2010); Delegate David Toscano; and, Timothy Hulbert, Chamber President and chief executive.

 

 

The Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to representing private enterprise, promoting business and enhancing the quality of life in our greater Charlottesville communities.  The Chamber�s 1,000 member enterprises employ more than 45,000 people in our community, representing an estimated total payroll of more than $1.3 billion a year.

 

Martin V. Burks, III � 2011

Alvin R. Clements � 2010

John T. Casteen, III � 2009

Dan & Lou Jordan � 2008

Harold B. Wright � 2007

Grace H. Carpenter � 2006

Joseph W. Teague, Sr.  � 2005

E. Marshall Pryor � 2004

Leonard Sandridge � 2003

William L. Howard � 2002

James S. Kennan � 2001

Paul H. Wood � 2000

Richard & Julia Nunley � 1999

Mary Ann Elwood � 1998

Mr. George & Ann Spence � 1997

Laurence Richardson� 1996

Guy Agnor � 1995

The Jessup Family � 1994

Nancy O�Brien � 1993

Darden Towe � 1992

Mr. & Mrs. James Murray � 1991

Elizabeth B. Gleason � 1990

Drewary J. Brown � 1989

John B. Rogan � 1988

Hovey S. Dabney � 1987

Leigh B. Middleditch, Jr. � 1986

Francis Fife � 1985

Bernard J. Haggerty � 1984

George C. Palmer II � 1983

James E. Bowen � 1982

Junius R. Fishburne � 1981

Laurence Brunton � 1980

Mary Victoria Craw � 1979

Lionel S. Key � 1978

Randolph H. Perry � 1977

Joel M. Cochran � 1976

Mitchell Van Yahres � 1975

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