Hall of Fame
Our Chamber is continuously seeking ways to celebrate our community, quality of life, and we have many people to thank for their contributions in getting Montgomery County, Blacksburg and Christiansburg to where we are today. In 2021, we determined there are leaders in our community that has changed our community's DNA. It is a lifetime achievement award. These leaders have improved housing opportunities, built business dynasties, created a framework for technology businesses, and positively influenced our community's direction; they have made a difference that affects our quality of life and community. Please take a moment to recognize this initiative and the 2021 recipients.
Thank you to The Mitchel Law Firm, A Professional Corporation, for sponsoring this program.
The 2021 Inductees to the Hall of Fame:
Nannie Mae Berger Hairston - Community and Civil Rights Activist *Posthumous
John M. Galbraith, Ph.D. - Professor, Virginia Tech
Chief Anthony Wilson. - Chief of Police, Blacksburg Police Department
Nick Rush - Delegate, 7th District
Jim McAlister - Senior Vice President Regional Manager, First Bank & Trust
The 2020 Inductees to the Hall of Fame:
Joe Meredith, Ph.D. - Former CEO of the Corporate Research Center
Debbie Sherman-Lee - Chair of Board of Directors and an Alumni of Christiansburg Institute, Inc.
Vinod Chachra, Ph.D. - Former Chairman and CEO of VTLS Inc.
Norman Fitzwater - Franchise Owner of A Cleaner World, Retired and Former Hokie Club President
Jeanne Stosser - President of SAS Builders and Campus Management Group, CMG
Frank Beamer - Retired Virginia Tech Football Coach
Raymond Smoot, Ph.D. - CEO of the Virginia Tech Foundation, Emeritus and Chairman of Atlantic Union Bank, Emeritus
Janaka Casper - CEO of Community Housing Partners (CHP)
Tommy McDearis, Dmin - Senior Pastor at Blacksburg Baptist Church