Commercial Vehicle Group won two awards at the New Albany Chamber of Commerce's annual holiday salute luncheon last week.

Commercial Vehicle Group won two awards at the New Albany Chamber of Commerce's annual holiday salute luncheon last week.

While chamber members examined 2008 with a review and various awards for local businesses, they also looked forward to 2009, with the announcement of a new board chairman.

Chamber president Eileen Leuby led members through a review at 2008, including the opening of the Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts, 70 new chamber members, summer Market Days, the Taste of New Albany and other events.

Current board chairman Jim Williams then passed the gavel on to Elvah Donald, of Donald Co. Realtors. She was vice chairman in 2008.

Elite Dental, which opened in New Albany in 2005, then received the outstanding-new-business award for 2008. Leuby said nominations were taken throughout the year for the award, and Elite Dental, which was established by Andrew Skasko, was a clear winner.

The next award for outstanding renovation in 2008 went to Hayley Gallery, which opened this year at 45 S. Second St.

According to Leuby, the gallery opened at the former Plain Township fire station that later was rehabbed to a ballet studio prior to becoming the Hayley Gallery.

"The renovations were done in 30 days," she said.

The award for 2008's best program went to New Albany resident Phil Heit and Mount Carmel for the health fair that preceded this year's New Albany Walking Classic. Although the 10K walking event has won the best-program award, Leuby said, this year's award was earned because the health fair showed off the McCoy center and gave attendees great health education.

The outstanding-business-expansion award for 2008 went to Commercial Vehicle Group, which established corporate offices and a research center on Walton Parkway. The award was presented by New Albany Co. CEO Bill Ebbing, who said CVG has been a "significant stimulus in the community."

The outstanding-citizen-of-the-year award went to CVG owner Marvin Dunn.

Ebbing also presented this award and said Dunn's company "fosters innovation and embraces the true nature of the entrepreneur."

"Not only are we fortunate to have him work in our community, but live here as well," Ebbing said.

Dunn was not able to attend the chamber event, but he recorded a short video speech in which he said New Albany has many things to offer.

"We moved here with the thought of being here two years," he said in the video. "Eight years later we're still here and deeply embedded in the community."

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