The Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce today announced that Michael Guthrie, President & CEO at Roy Wheeler Realty Company, a Charlottesville area real estate firm, has been selected as its 2011 Chamber Small Business Person of the Year.� The Chamber presented the award at the 2011 Chamber�s Spring Business Luncheon � underwritten by BB&T & Ntelos � held Thursday, May 26th at the Omni Charlottesville Hotel in downtown Charlottesville. Mr. Guthrie, in addition to his significant business role at his firm, is also a moving force in the real estate profession.� He is very active in the Charlottesville Area Association of REALTORS � (CAAR), serving as the association�s President in 2009.� Last year, 2010, he was recognized by CAAR with the �REALTOR of the Year Award.� �All of our award selections are both a challenge and a reward for our committee,� said W. Rod Gentry, Regional Retail Executive of Union First Market Bank, Immediate Past Chairman of the Chamber and 2011 Chairman of the Chamber Small Businessperson Award Committee.� �This year we have another stellar citizen and businessperson in Michael Guthrie.� He has earned and deserves this recognition.� Mr. Guthrie was born at Fort Sill Oklahoma to US Army General John R. and Mrs. Rebecca J. Guthrie and moved to and grew up in Virginia.� He graduated in 1975 from the University of Virginia with a Bachelors of Science in Education.� He earned his Masters in Education from UVa in 1976. ��For almost of his entire working career, Mr. Guthrie has been in the real estate profession, much of it in Northern Virginia.� In 2006 he returned to Charlottesville to become President & CEO of Roy Wheeler Realty Co. Mr. Guthrie is active in numerous civic organizations including serving on the Board of Trustees of The Covenant School, the Board of Directors of CAAR, the Free Enterprise Forum, the United Way � Thomas Jefferson Area, and the Christian Study Center.� He mentors a Western Albemarle High School student and is active with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.� Michael and his firm are active members of the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce.� Mr. Guthrie hosts �Real Estate Matters,� a weekly radio show on real estate on Saturday mornings on WINA � 1070AM. Mr. Guthrie and his wife Dottie were married in 1978 and they have three children:� John Michael (30), Katie (28) and Becca (25).� He is an active congregant at Trinity Presbyterian Church. W. Rod Gentry, Regional Retail Executive of Union First Market Bank, Immediate Past Chairman of the Chamber and 2011 Chairman of the Chamber Small Businessperson Award Committee presented the award on behalf of the Chamber.� In addition to Mr. Gentry, other members of the 2011 Chamber Small Businessperson Awards Selection Committee are: Robert Hodous, 2011 Chamber Board Chairman, Robert Hodous; Patricia Cluff, 2011 Chamber 1st Vice Chairwoman; Gloria Johnson; Christopher Lee; Valerie Long; Ivo Romenesko; Robert Stroh; and, Timothy Hulbert. The Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce established the Chamber Small Businessperson of the Year Award in 1985 to recognize an outstanding Small Businessperson in our Greater Charlottesville Communities.� The Award recipient is chosen from our Chamber member enterprises within the Greater Charlottesville area who:
- is an active owner or co-owner of the business which has 50 or fewer employees;
- is a member in good standing of the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce;
- has been in business for three years or longer; and,
- has made a significant contribution to the success of the business and our Greater Charlottesville communities.
More than 200 business and community leaders attended the event, which also featured a keynote address by Virginia Secretary of Education Gerard Robinson.� The Chamber also recognized its Leadership Charlottesville graduating class of 2011; recipients of the Charlottesville Community Scholarships; the CATEC Entrepreneur Scholarship recipient, the CBIC Tech Scholarship Award; and, new recipients of the Virginia Star Quality Initiative for child care.