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And the Chairman is...
Friday, November 7, 2008 (Shawnee on Delaware, Pennsylvania) — The Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerce presented Charlie Kirkwood, owner of The Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort, with the Chairman of Business Award on Wednesday, November 5, 2008 at the Annual Awards banquet.
The Chairman of Business award recognizes leaders of business who demonstrate ethical leadership, corporate stewardship and those who make a positive difference in the community while advancing important economic and social goals. The Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerce has only presented this award to three other business leaders in the community over the duration of the Annual Awards history.
Ginny, Charlie's wife accepted the award for him as he was out of town in London for a mandatory Board of Directors meeting for the Millennium Copthorne Hotel Group. Mrs. Kirkwood spoke of her memories with Charlie that were not mentioned in the program and his traveled roots and connection to Shawnee. It was inspiring, humorous and sincere – a great speech for his well deserved award.
Charlie Kirkwood is a self-made entrepreneur who hails from very humble beginnings. Growing up, Charlie began working as a paper carrier at a young age and coincidentally, later on found employment as a caddie at The Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort. A single mother raised him, and by the time he was enrolled in Law School, Charlie took the leadership role as the provider for his family that included his mother, sister and nephew. After graduating from Harvard Law School on a full academic scholarship, Charlie moved abroad to begin his practice in Thailand. It is in Turkey where Charlie met Ginny, who was working with the Peace Corp, and forged the next chapter in his life. Charlie and Ginny married and gave birth to their five children abroad.
News came from the United States that The Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort was up for sale, and Charlie quickly came home to inspect the prospect further. After much deliberation, Charlie purchased the Shawnee Inn from Fred Waring and Karl Hope. It is at Shawnee where Charlie raised his family and still resides. His family grew and Charlie and Ginny are now the proud grandparents of 14 grandchildren.
Others awarded at The Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerce's Annual Awards Banquet include Michael Baxter of Michael Baxter and Associates, Kimberly Filipkowski of Chiropractic Health Partners, Sharon Taylor of Pocono Area Transitional Housing, Connie Roberts of George and Connie Roberts Productions and Jill and Scott MacLaren of Liztech.
Charlie Kirkwood is a credit to the Pocono Mountains and an indispensable member of the Shawnee family. For more information or to interview Charlie please call: 800.SHAWNEE or visit ShawneeInn.com.
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List of Accolades
The Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort would like to thank the all of the organizations that have recognized our efforts towards excellence. We are a proud member of the community and look forward to working together to continue providing outstanding service.
Trip Advisor for Business: Certificate of Excellence
Pennsylvania Tourism and Lodging Associations -National General Manager of the Year, Rob Howell
Pennsylvania Tourism and Lodging Associations Chef’s Palate Award for “Best Use of Local and Organic Ingredients”-Chef "G"
Award of Excellence “Most Creative Booth” from the Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerce Expo 2010
Save Our Planet Award, The Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerce
Pennsylvania Tourism and Lodging Association-Rob Howell, General Manager of the Year
Community Service Award, The Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau
Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau-Jeromy Wo, Public Relations Coordinator, Brand Hero
American Legion Auxiliary-Certificate of Appreciation
The Pocono Business Journals Green List
The Monroe County Historical Associations Historical Preservation Award
The Pocono Mountain Visitors Bureau's Outstanding Tourism Employee - Will Stryeski
The Pocono Mountain Visitors Bureau's Green Award - The Shawnee Inn and Gold Resort
Voted Best Place to Work by Happenings Magazine
The Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerce Save Our Planet Award
The Pennsylvania Tourism and Lodging Association's General Manager of the Year Nomination - Rob Howell
Voted Best Place to Work by Happenings Magazine
The Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerces Save Our Planet Award
The Pocono Mountain Visitors Bureaus Outstanding Tourism Employee Rob Howell, General Manager
Outstanding Women in Business Monica Startari, Director of Marketing
The Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerces Chairman of Business Award Charlie Kirkwood, Owner
Pennsylvania Tourism and Lodging Associations General Manager of the Year Nomination Rob Howell, General Manager
The National Recreation Area of the Delaware Water Gaps Conservation Award
The American Cancer Societys Certificate of Appreciation for being First Property in the Pocono Mountains to go Smoke-Free
Bizzy Awards Best Overall Business