Six Inducted into Chapel Hill – Carrboro Chamber of Commerce Business Hall of Fame

Six local business people were inducted into the Chapel Hill – Carrboro Chamber of Commerce in a ceremony on Thursday night at The Carolina Inn.

Those inductees were:
Dickie and Bev Dickinson of Dickinson’s Garden Center
Engineer M. Joseph Hakan
Victor Huggins of Huggins’ Hardware
Roger and Dorothy Jennings of Jennings & Company
Restaurateurs Moreton Neal and Bill Neal
Brother Peacemaker of Gates of Beauty Body Shop

“I am so honored to be here tonight, celebrating the accomplishments of the men and women who’ve given so much to develop our thriving business community in the greater Chapel Hill-Carrboro region,” said Aaron Nelson, President & CEO of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce.

Hakan, Huggins and Bill Neal were inducted posthumously.

Seven To Be Inducted Into CH-C Chamber Business Hall Of Fame

Seven former prominent business leaders will be inducted into the second Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce Business Hall of Fame this year, including former Chapel Hill Mayor and WCHL founder Sandy McClamroch.

McClamroch is the town’s longest-serving mayor having served from 1961-69. He founded the radio station in 1953. The station was formatted as Top 40s music and later Adult Contemporary until the 1990s when Jim Heaver—who was honored in the inaugural Business Hall of Fame last year—was the majority shareholder of the station. At that time, the format was changed to news/talk.

Joining McClamroch is Eunice Brock, Maurice and Mary Julian, Bob Nutter, Al Pons, and Bynum Weaver.

Brock was the first woman to solely own and operate her own real estate company in Chapel Hill-Carrboro, Eunice Brock and Associates. The Julians founded Julians, which continues to set the highest standard in good taste and quality in clothing and fashion for more than 70 years. Nutter is a fifth-generation farmer who grew the family business into one of Orange County’s first and most iconic local food producers. Pons founded Chapel Hill Tire Car Care Center, which has been one of the oldest family-owned businesses in town providing automotive repair to Chapel Hill, Carrboro, and Chatham County for more than 60 years. And, Weaver was the owner and operator of the Chapel Hill Funeral Home and Ambulance Service, one of the oldest African-American-owned businesses in the community.

The Cedars owner Bob Woodruff, who is also a minority share holder of WCHL, once again chaired the selection committee of this year’s Hall of Fame.

The induction ceremony will take place Thursday, November 13 at 6:30 p.m. at The Carolina Inn.

Tickets to the Hall of Fame Gala, a black tie event including a cocktail hour and a three-course meal, are $150 per person or $1,200 for a table of eight. Register online at, or contact Chela Tu at or (919) 357-9990.

Additional reporting provided by the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce

CH-C Chamber To Announce Business Hall Of Fame

CHAPEL HILL – The best and brightest of Chapel Hill-Carrboro’s past are being honored by the area’s Chamber of Commerce. Friday, the inaugural Business Hall of Fame will be announced.

Twelve individuals will be recognized for their service to the community as the first class of inductees.

The Hall of Fame recognizes those with a record of achievement that demonstrates excellence in business management, entrepreneurial and courageous thinking and action, inspiring leadership, community impact, and whose time as a business leader made a substantial, positive and lasting impact on your community.

Friday’s event takes place at Spanky’s from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. and is open to the public. The inaugural members will be inducted into the Business Hall of Fame Wednesday, November 13 at the Carolina Inn.

Tickets are available. You can find more information here.