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Chatfield College Receives Brown County Chamber's Highest Award

January 31st, 2012

The Brown County, Ohio Chamber of Commerce presented Chatfield College with the 2011 Peter Drucker Award at the annual Chamber of Commerce Business Breakfast on Monday, Jan. 30.  The award is the highest honor the Brown County Chamber gives to a business and its staff. 

According to Kelly Cornette, president of the Brown County Chamber and Assistant Vice President of National Bank and Trust, the Drucker Award is named for the late Peter Drucker, a renowned business consultant, prolific writer and lecturer also known as the father of modern management.  The Chamber presents the award each year to honor a Brown County business or individual who has shown exemplary management skills.

“When we are looking at potential recipients for this award, we look for a business that has partnered not only with the Chamber, but with other businesses as well,” said Cornette.  “We also look for what they give back and how they add value to the community.”

Cornette says that Chatfield was chosen for the award because the college reaches out to the communities it serves by providing many opportunities for education and community involvement.  Chatfield has partnered with local businesses, such as LaRosa's in Mt. Orab and the Cincinnati Cyclones, to provide scholarship opportunities to employees.  In addition, the college hosts many activities, including its Annual Quilt and Craft Show, Germanfest, and various musical concerts, that also draw people from surrounding counties.

“I am so thrilled that Chatfield is part of our county, not only because of the educational opportunities they offer to Brown County residents and the surrounding counties, but also for everything they do to enrich our area,” added Cornette.  “They are good partners to the community, and it is wonderful to have a local college that is so engaged right in our own back yard.”

Upon receiving the award, Chatfield College President John Tafaro thanked the Brown County Chamber for choosing Chatfield as the 2011 Drucker Award recipient. 

"I consider it a high honor and a great privilege to accept this award on behalf of Chatfield College, the Ursulines of Brown County, our trustees, faculty, staff and students," said Tafaro.  "We thank the Chamber for considering us worthy, and First State Bank, the sponsor of this award."

"Although Chatfield College is only 40 years old, we are proud of our tradition and heritage in Brown County, which dates all the way back to 1845 with the arrival of Sr. Julia Chatfield and her community of Ursuline Sisters who established a log cabin school for area residents.  We have been doing our best to serve students in Brown County ever since."




Kelly Cornette, Brown County Chamber President; John Tafaro, Chatfield College President; Mike Pell, First State Bank; Gerry Schumacher, First State Bank; Brian Elliot, Brown County Chamber Vice President.

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