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Nelson named 2017 Collierville Chamber Person of the Year

The Collierville Chamber hosted their annual “Casino Royale” Awards Gala on Feb. 10 with attendance of more than 230 business leaders and local officials eager to honor those that have made significant contributions to enhance the quality of life in Collierville.

Presented for the second year in a row by Pickler Companies, this glittering event served as an opportunity to recognize outstanding achievements in citizenship, industry, and business.

The program began with a welcome from David Pickler, president of Pickler Companies, followed by the ceremonial “Passing of the Gavel” by the 2017 Chairman of the Board, Glen Herald (COO of MCR Safety) to the 2018 Chairman, Bill Samisch, (Chief Credit Officer for Patriot Bank).

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From left are Mayor Stan Joyner, Dave Nelson and Bill Samisch.

However, the highlight of the evening was certainly the announcement of the recipients of the 2017 Chamber Awards.

“I’m delighted that my first duty as Chairman is to announce tonight’s winners,” said Samisch.

The 2017 Entrepreneur of the Year Award was presented to Collierville Auto. The YMCA of Schilling Farms was named 2017 Non-Profit of the Year. The 2017 Spirit of Collierville Award was presented to My Town Movers.

The audience stood and cheered as Mayor Stan Joyner announced that Dave Nelson had been selected as the 2017 Person of the Year.

“The Chamber Person of the Year is the most prestigious recognition award that the Collierville Chamber and its Board of Directors can bestow upon a member,” said Mayor Stan Joyner. “The recipient exemplifies civic awareness, demonstrates leadership, and works for the betterment of the Collierville community. Dave Nelson’s willing spirit and dedication to Collierville knows no equal.”

Dave Nelson co-founded and built AIMS Logistics into what was arguably the most successful freight payment company in the history of the industry. He has served on the board of the Collierville Chamber of Commerce, Page Robbins Adult Day Care Center, Main Street Collierville, and the Collierville Literacy Council and has supported numerous other local non-profits through generous donations. Most recently, he served as one of the founding members of Collierville Partners in Education (PIE), a 501(C)(3) organization operating under the umbrella of the Collierville Chamber. PIE works with education, business, and community leaders to narrow the skills gap, provide a wider range of education options for the students of Collierville, and create a pipeline of skilled workers for the future.

Sponsors for the evening were Pickler Companies, FedEx, First Tennessee, Patriot Bank, Patriot Bank Mortgage, Landers Ford, Wright Construction, My Town Movers, MCR Safety, and John Green and Company Realtors. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Chambers key leadership programs, the Women’s Leadership Network, Collierville Emerging Leaders Link (CELL) and Collierville Partners in Education.

More information about the Collierville Chamber can be found at

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