Maumelle District Judge Roger Harrod was named Citizen of the Year by the Maumelle Area Chamber of Commerce during its annual meeting on April 18 at the Maumelle Country Club.
Coldwell Banker’s RPM was named large business of the year, The Resident Chef was named small business of the year and Capitol Advertising Specialty’s Janice Cole received Ambassador of the year honors.
The awards and others were presented before a packed house at the chamber’s annual meeting at the Maumelle Country Club.
Surrounded by his wife Lib, children and grandchildren, Harrod was honored for his volunteer efforts in the community. As a charter member of the Maumelle Lion’s Club Harrod organized the annual Fish Fry that races money to go toward Lion’s efforts to help those with sight issues and to provide research to treat and prevent sight problems.
A former combat Airborne Ranger Infantry platoon leader in Vietnam, Harrod still enjoys the outdoors now leading his grandchildren on camping, canoeing and floating trips.
He volunteers around 60 hours a year of Pro Bono — free legal work and he’s a board member of Step Ministries in North Little Rock.
A native of Prescott, he is the elected part-time district judge for Maumelle.
Harrod also works full-time as an attorney for a state agency.
Ambassador of the year Miles has been a resident of Maumelle for the past 26 years and worked with Capitol Advertising Specialties for 28 years.
She has one daughter who is a graduate student at the University of Miami who just returned from a research trip to Antarctica and when she was still in high school, Janice was very involved as a swim mom both at school and with the Maumelle Marlins.
She is a charter member of the Maumelle Civitan Club.
Small business winner Sherri Mason Vadala started The Resident Chef almost ten years ago creating gourmet goodies as a hobby but now it sells its products to 600 stores in the U.S. and Canada. All mixes are dried, she said and she moved her operation to Maumelle in 2010 and last year had to add on staff and space.
Vadala said she loves being in Maumelle for the hometown flavor, feel and the people here.
Large business of the year recipient Ken Gill said his company dates back to the mid 1950s when RPM or Rector Phillips Morris was a household name here and it’s only grown through its association with Caldwell Banker.
He said he was happy to be associated with some of the best real estate agents in Maumelle.